You don’t have to be a writer of children’s literature to benefit from a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) conference. You just have to be a writer.

“I don’t write for children. I write. And somebody says, that’s for children.”  Maurice Sendak

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”   Madeleine L’Engle

Here’s the info for this year’s conference with award winning authors and agents.

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Annual Conference
With Matt de la Peña and Marietta Zacker
Saturday, March 1, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
William S. Richardson Law School, University of Hawaii
Registration Limited to 120

Matt de la Pena

Matt de la Peña is the author of five critically-acclaimed young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, and The Living. He’s also the author of the award-winning picture book A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson) and a middle grade novel, Curse of the Ancients. He teaches creative writing at NYU and Vermont College and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country. He was previously here in the islands in 2010 for the Celebrate Reading Festival. Here’s our review of Ball Don’t Lie from his last visit.

Marietta Zacker is an agent with the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. Marietta has experienced children’s books from every angle–teaching, marketing, publishing & bookselling. She thrives on working with authors who make readers feel their character’s emotions & illustrators who add a different dimension to the story. She is also Book Curator at an independent toy store & bookstore.

Two break away sessions to choose from. One about creating powerful and authentic dialogue, and the other about the intricacies of submissions.

For information, registration and conference materials, visit