Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Saturday Evening Festivities

5:00–6:30 p.m.

Midsouth Cocktail and Autograph Party with Portfolio Showcase (free and closed to the public)

Come celebrate being back together again! Buy books from our fantastic lineup of authors and have them signed! The party is from 5:00 to 6:30p.m. in the Atrium at the Cool Springs Embassy Suites on Saturday, March 26. Due to COVID restrictions on space, this year’s autograph party will not be open to the public.

Don’t forget to bring your drink coupon, cash, or credit card to use at the cash bar.

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Click HERE for illustrator opportunities for this party!


7:00–9:00 p.m.

Once Upon a Time Gala Dinner (for conference attendees and faculty)

Saturday concludes with the Once Upon a Time Gala Dinner for both conference attendees and faculty. The gala will include a full sit-down dinner, as well as a presentation of contest winners (fiction, social media, portfolio showcase, and the 2021 Crystal Kite). As always, our gala is costume optional! If it’s your thing, dress up as a favorite character, creator, or figure from story! Mythology, folklore, your favorite book (or even from your own work!). The theme of this year’s conference is “Together Again: Let’s Get LIT!”, so consider literally brightening up your costume or dinner attire. Have fun with it! This is a great opportunity to unwind after a long, productive day and socialize with both attendees and faculty. (The cost of dinner is included with your conference tuition.)

If you have any questions regarding dietary restrictions, please email Shauna LaVoy Reynolds at