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Rats or Bats but No Doormats:
 Building Characters with Depth & Detail
Hilary Wagner novel1           Hilary Wagner          Hilary Wagner novel2


Award-Winning Middle-Grade Author of the Nightshade Chronicles and more!

Join us for this author workshop on crafting and developing your characters and a bonus session on writing the perfect query letter. Perfect for writers of all levels!

Ms. Wagner’s bio includes the books
Nightshade City and The White Assassin and the upcoming final book of the series, Lords of Trillium. She also has a fiction book deal continuing through National Geographic School Publishing and is a part of the anthology Demigods and Monsters, which features multiple famous authors including Rick Riordan!

When: Saturday, September 14th, 2013
Time: 8:30 a.m.(sign-in)–3:30p.m.
Where: Corpus Christi Parish Center, 206 Rasp St., Shiloh, IL 62269 (15 minutes from St. Louis)
Cost (includes lunch): Early Bird—by Aug. 15th:
$45 for SCBWI members
$55 for non-members
After Aug. 15th: prices increase $5

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!

Please e-mail the following Network Representatives for registration forms and/or more details:
Sherry Randle:  
Anastasia Ely:


Click here for Registration Form PDF

You’ve seen the teasers,

You’ve circled the date,

You’re feverishly polishing manuscripts and editing portfolios.


Make 13 your lucky number.

Some things to look for this year:

LUCKY (back by popular demand)

  • Industry panel
  • Manuscript critiques
  • Manuscript contest
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • Mix 'n Mingle
  • all of the speakers (even those from closed houses) will accept attendee submissions after the conference
LUCKIER (new this year)
  • Breakout sessions crafted to match the experience level of attendees
  • Mini-panels, to get varied opinions on focused topics
  • New opportunities to get your work in front of our speakers
  • How about a souvenir? Did we mention the t-shirt designed by Tom Lichtenheld?

All the details of the conference are available as of August 1st at:

Registration will begin September 1st as usual; however, you will not need to pester your postman for a date stamp this year because we’ve gone online.

Here are a few tips to help your registration go smoothly:

  • First, get the lay of the land! The link above will take you to the registration website with everything you need to know. Click the “Schedule” tab to see the overall plan for the day.
  • The “Breakouts” tab has detailed descriptions of our three breakout sessions so you can tailor the day to fit your interests. Notice that each speaker has two breakouts with one specifically aimed at published/experienced writers (marked by an *). You might jot down the order of your choices for each breakout on a scrap of paper so you’ll be prepared in case a breakout is already full when you move to the registration form.
  • Check out your other exciting options on the “Extras” tab, including critiques, a contest, and T-shirts designed for SCBWI-Illinois by Tom Lichtenheld.
  • When you’re ready to register, grab your credit card and if you belong to SCBWI, you’ll need your expiration date to get the membership rate. (Check your membership card or go to, log in, click on “Member Home” at the top of the page, then choose “Membership Renewal” on the left; your date will appear at the top of the page). Click the “Register Now” button and fill out the fields as prompted.

Yes, it’s that easy! Just remember the site will not save partial registrations, so if you close the registration page on your browser before completion, you will have to start your registration all over again.

After you have completed your registration, you can access your confirmation and choices any time, by going to the website above, clicking “Register Now” and logging in again.

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