Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Pricing, Policies, and Dates to Remember!












Except for Seminar Only tickets, registration for the Midsouth Critique Seminar Series closes when we fill available critique spots or on September 30th, whichever comes first. To register, please visit the Seminar Series page—the registration form will appear after registration opens at 2:00 p.m. Central/3:00 p.m. Eastern September 12, 2020.

Registration is online only. Payment of fees must be made online through PayPal using a credit card or a PayPal account. There are no refunds for critiques or seminars. Tickets are not transferable. To be included on a waiting list that ends September 30th, contact Erica Rodgers at and put WAITING LIST (in all caps) in the memo line of your email. Please note that because of scheduling logistics, no changes can be made after September 30th. Thank you for understanding.





Full Seminar Series Ticket (includes both PAL** and acquiring faculty critiques and seminars), $105

Half Seminar Series Ticket (includes PAL critique and seminars), $60

Seminars Only Ticket (includes seminars), $30

** The term PAL means ‘Published and Listed’ and refers to our region’s professional, published authors and illustrators.





Saturday, September 12

Online registration opens at 2:00 p.m. CDT/3:00 p.m. EDT. Go to and select 2020 Critique Seminar Series to register.


Saturday, September 30

Online registration closes at 2:00 p.m. CDT/3:00 p.m. EDT.


Saturday, September 30

Manuscripts and illustration portfolio links for individual paid PAL critiques due to by 11:59 p.m. EDT/10:59 p.m. CDT. (Those who purchase critiques must pay fees and complete registration by this time as well.)


Sunday, November 1

PAL critiques returned to registrants!


November 8 – December 5 

Live critique seminars—these seminars will be available through the end of December 2020 for those who are unable to attend live or who would like to re-watch.

•  Sunday, November 8th at 4 pm CST: Picture Book Seminar with Shauna LeVoy Reynolds

•  Friday, November 13th at 7 pm CST: Novel Seminar with Alisha Klapheke

•  Sunday, November 15th at 2 pm CSTIllustrator Seminar with Rob McClurkan

•  Saturday, December 5th at 2 pm CST: Translating Critique: Author and Illustrator Panel


Tuesday, January 5

Manuscripts for acquiring faculty critiques due to by 11:59 p.m. EDT/10:59 p.m. CDT. Ticket must be purchased at time of registration. Add-ons may only be available if space and time demand.


Monday, February 22 – Tuesday, February 23

Individual paid acquiring faculty critiques returned to registrants!




The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all conference attendees and has a zero-tolerance policy regarding harassment, intimidation, and discrimination. To that end, we will ask you to read and acknowledge this policy as part of the registration process. For more details on this policy, including procedures in place to report harassment, please click here.



By registering for this seminar series, you acknowledge that audio taping, videotaping, and/or transmitting or aiding in any of the foregoing of any part of the conference is prohibited. Additionally, the material in all handouts and presentations is copyrighted and may not be reprinted, blogged, written, orally transmitted, and/or reproduced without written permission of the copyright holder only. Personal impressions, a quote that is cited, and/or general overviews are acceptable. However, it would be a breach of copyright law to give detailed reports of a presenter’s material. Thank you in advance for taking this policy into account. Your professionalism is greatly appreciated.



Whether it is after receiving a written critique, or live online during our seminars, please treat our faculty as co-workers/professional peers deserving of respect. Even if you do not agree with specific feedback or, universe forbid, you have a negative experience, you are expected to be civil. Raised voices, rude or unkind words, or behavior otherwise deemed inappropriate or abusive will not be tolerated. If you are asked to leave a live seminar, refunds will not be issued. Remember, too, when dealing with Midsouth committee members and officers that this conference is run entirely by people who volunteer their time!




Online Conference Registration:
Kris Sexton at

Illustrator Info:
Mary Uhles at

General Questions and Critiques:
Erica Rodgers at