Children's Writers & Illustrators Conference

June 18-21, 2015 - Corte Madera, CA

Learn the Skills and Make the Connections to Write, Illustrate & Publish Books for Children & Young Adults!



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Join us for the 8th Annual Book Passage Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference. The Conference will cover all aspects of writing and illustrating for children—from developing ideas to honing skills to finding a publisher. Participants will work closely with other writers and illustrators, as well as with agents, editors, and publishers. The conference is designed to meet the differing needs of those who create for different age groups. Participants will choose an area of emphasis for the morning sessions, such as writing for picture books, early readers, young adult books or illustration, and then work with a teacher in a workshop setting. In the afternoon, participants choose from panels of common interest, such as working with editors, working with agents, marketing and promotion. There will be many opportunities for faculty and participants to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in classes, lunches, and at evening events.

Questions or concerns? Contact Kathryn Petrocelli at 800-999-7909, ext. 239, or email

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Success Stories

"You were very helpful and encouraging to me both during and after the 2009 Children's Writers & Illustrators Conference. I connected with a wonderful illustratorJi Young Leewho also attended the conference, and we published a picture book of one of my stories, Marcie's Daffodil. It came out from Xlibris in December of 2010, and has been enthusiastically received wherever people have seen it.
Autumn Stanley 

"The Children's Writers & Illustrators Conference at Book Passage was an intimate and educational experience that allowed me to talk one on one with successful illustrators, authors, editors, art directors, and agents in the children's literature profession.  From my attendance, I was able to gain a foundation of how good picture books are made and this information helped me become a published illustrator through A Moment in Time, which debuted this year!"
- Charlotte Cheng, illustrator of A Moment in Time 

Read more conference success stories at Alumni News.

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What People Are Saying

"Got me motivated! Helped me connect with local children’s writers. I just fell in love with Book Passage – and your commitment and devotion to writers and readers. Thank you!"

Allison Fragakis

"The whole conference was wonderful; well-planned and well-executed. A wonderful assemblage of writers, illustrators, agents, editors, publishers we would never otherwise have the chance to meet, under one roof."
Nancy Coopersmith
"I learned all the basics and then some. I’m totally inspired, feel more confident about submitting my manuscript to a publisher now."
Gailya Magdalena

"Of the many professional events/conferences I’ve attended, Book Passage staff is by far the best. A perfect mix of professional and personable."
Christine Nizibian

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Children's Writers & Illustrators Conference
June 18-21, 2015
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925
(San Francisco Bay Area)
Conference Coordinator:
Kathryn Petrocelli
(800) 999-7909, ext. 239
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