Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Handsprings Conference 2018

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Date(s) - 10/26/2018 - 10/27/2018
7:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bosque Retreat Center
6400 Coors Blvd - Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120


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Online registration is now closed for the Handsprings Conference on Oct. 26 and 27,  2018 at the Bosque Conference and Retreat Center: 6400 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120You are still welcome to register at the door for $200, cash or check only. Faculty will include the following publishing professionals:


  • Patrick Collins, Creative Director, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
  • Lara Perkins, Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
  • Sara Sargent, Executive Editor, Harper Collins Children’s Books
  • Caroline Starr Rose, Author 
  • Chris Eboch, Author
  • Shirley Duke, Author



The conference will include an evening social event with the faculty and an author panel on Friday. The conference on  Saturday will include keynotes and the opportunity to attend three targeted, breakout sessions.  Illustrators will have the option of a two hour hands-on breakout session with Patrick Collins. Registration opens on-line at on August 15, 2018 and closes October 21, 2018. There will be no refunds.


Author Panel

If you have a new book out since the last Handsprings (2016) and want to promote it, email Shirley at to be included in the panel. You’ll have a chance to talk about your book, show it, and answer questions from the moderator.


Lunch at the Bosque Center is included in the tuition price for all participants, and you have the choice for an optional breakfast for an additional cost. Vegetarian options are available. If you need gluten free, email Shirley Duke at


Book Sales

On Saturday, we will have a bookstore available to sell professional books and books by conference speakers and other attendees who are members of SCBWI. If you would like the bookstore to carry your book, register by September 26 to allow time for ordering. Books must be in print and available. SCBWI-NM does not guarantee that your books will be on hand, but the handouts will include a list of published authors attending the conference. Please email your titles (no more than three) to Sharon Sivinski ( by September 26.



Rooms are available at the Bosque Retreat Center for Friday and/or Saturday night for $65.80 per night. Please email Shirley at if you would like accommodations and include which nights you’ll be staying. Payment will be due upon arrival. *Note: You will need to pay by check or cash upon arrival since we’ll have to pay the Bosque Retreat Center that day and have no way to handle credit cards.

The rooms are modest, but comfortable. They include a single bed, in-room sink, and centrally-located showers and baths. Other amenities include broadband, WiFi, Internet service, pergola, great room, labyrinth, grounds, library, chapel, and kitchenette for coffee/tea. No outside food is allowed in the Bosque Center.


First Page Live Line Editing

Sign up to include your first page in Sara Sargent’s breakout session. There is a maximum of 8 spaces, so don’t delay. Email Shirley at with your first page by October 21.


Conference Prices 

Members: $150

Non-member Students: $160

Non-members: $180

At the door registration: $200

Pay via PayPal (*preferred method) or make checks payable to SCBWI-NM (scroll to bottom of the page to pay with credit card or check).

You CAN pay by check through the website. Simply follow the steps below, where you’ll have the option to select PayPal or Pay Offline (with a check) from the dropdown on the event confirmation page. You DO NOT need a PayPal account to use PayPal.

Make checks payable to SCBWI NM.

Mail checks to: Michele Hathaway Tuton, Regional Advisor

8409 La Ventura Court NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120




Written manuscript and portfolio critiques will be available at an additional cost. 

**************You must sign up for the conference to get a critique****************

Optional Critiques: ($50) REGISTER SOON! ONLY 20 writer critiques and 10 portfolio critiques AVAILABLE. Payment and submission must be received by September 21st.


Manuscripts: There are two options this year for written critiques. Sara Sargent will provide a written critique and Caroline Starr Rose will provide a written critique with a 10 minute on-site consultation. Once you have registered and signed up for a critique, email the first ten pages (double spaced) to Shirley Duke ( Use standard manuscript formatting. On the first page include the genre, age range, and expected word count of the final manuscript.

Illustrator Portfolios: Critiques will be conducted digitally in advance of the conference. Then Patrick Collins will meet for a 5 minute consult about portfolios during the conference. Participants are responsible for providing their own digital portfolio files ahead of time (scans, photos, or original digital art):

    • 8-10 portfolio examples in one of these formats: .jpg .png .pdf
• File Requirements: 72 dpi, 1000×1000 pixels (14″ x14″)
• Maximum file size, each individual image: 1MB (max of 10MB for 10 images)
• Once your registration & payment have been received, you’ll get an email with a link to upload your portfolio files.
• Payment and artwork must be received by 9/21—make sure you leave enough time to upload your files! Please send them to the link provided after registration and sign-up for critiques.
• Contact Melinda Beavers at with questions.


All critiques will be returned to participants at the end of the conference or at your consultations if you signed up for one.


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