http://scbwicon.jimdo.com/. It is being held at my own University - the University of Winchester where we also run a fantastic MA in Writing for Children so it always seems totally appropriate to me that the university should be the venue. But I also feel very privileged that it is so close to home.
Once again there is an amazing amount packed in to the weekend. This year starting on the Friday afternoon when I am running the first Pre-Conference Sketch and Crawl around Winchester followed by a conference critique group and an informal dinner. and that is just on the Friday!
On the Saturday the keynote is being given by the award winning author Celia Rees this is followed by various breakout sessions and a party in the evening with a mass book launch. Then on Sunday there are opportunities to take part in several intensive sessions as well as meet up with other members of SCBWI in your area. There are also opportunities to book 1-2-1s with agents and publishers as well as a chance to exhibit your work if you are an illustrator. Let's face it the conference is one big opportunity that you can't afford to miss.
My brief description of what will go on does not really explain how dynamic and inspirational attending can be. I attended last year's conference and it was a fantastic experience (see my previous posts: the first being here http://chaosmos-outofchaoscomesorder.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/2011-scbwi-conference.html - there are two others which follow on straight afterwards). If you can do it I recommend it whole-heartedly as I know you will get something out of it as well as a whole load of new friends.
Go on book it now!
And this is for all us writers as this is what we do a lot....sitting,waiting,wishing...