Please note: all times are Eastern; end times are approximate

All sessions can be viewed at the times indicated below, or for 3 months following the conference

All times and sessions are subject to change

Pre-conference presentation: “So…You Wanna Write a Picture Book! PB 101”

Monday October 18 

  • 9:00 – 9:30 Eastern: Worship service
  • 9:30 – 10:15 Eastern: Linda Howard (Tyndale House) presentation – learn more about Linda here
  • 10:15 – 11:00 Eastern: Linda Howard (Tyndale House) Q&A
  • 11:15 – 12:00 Eastern: Presentation 2
  • 12:00 – 12:45 Eastern: Presentation 2 (literary agent) Q&A
  • 1:00 – 1:45 Eastern: Networking Lunch Break – an unmoderated, informal time for you to chat with other conference attendees
  • 2:00 – 3:00 Eastern: Panel 1: Celebrating diversity in children’s books
  • 3:15 – 4:00 Eastern: Presentation 3
  • 4:00 – 4:45 Eastern: Presentation 3 Q&A
  • 5:00 – 5:30 Eastern: Progressive Christian Children’s Ministry Resources Project
    • Learn more about this new Compassionate Christianity project, the goal of which is to assemble, vet, and make conveniently accessible recommended progressive books and resources for use by children’s and youth ministry leaders, pastors, volunteers, Sunday School teachers, and parents.
  • 5:45 – 6:15 Eastern: Emerging author series:

Tuesday October 19

  • 8:45 – 9:15 Eastern: Emerging authors series:
  • 9:30 – 10:15 Eastern: Glenys Nellist Presentation – “The Many and Marvelous Ways to Market Your Children’s Book” – learn more about Glenys here
  • 10:15 – 11:00 Eastern: Glenys Nellist Q&A
  • 11:15 – 12:00 Eastern: Roger Hutchison presentation –“Alternatives to Traditional Publishing” – learn more about Roger here
  • 12:00 – 12:45 Eastern: Roger Hutchison Q&A
  • 12:45 – 1:45 Eastern: Break
  • 2:00 – 3:00 Eastern: TBD
  • 3:15 – 4:00 Eastern: Jennifer Grant presentation: “Let’s Dig Deeper: Approaching Children’s Books Like a Literary Critic” – learn more about Jennifer here
    • Referencing sources including The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature and Words about Pictures: The Narrative Art of Children’s Picture Books, author Jennifer Grant asserts that by thinking like literary critics, we can write deeper, more engaging, and more culturally-relevant stories for kids. She’ll look at why some books (Where the Wild Things AreThe Cat in the HatCharlotte’s Web, and The Snowy Day, among them) are included in the “canon” of American kidlit classics and how stories like those truly changed American culture. What children’s books are changing culture today? How can we think like literary critics and unleash our imaginations at the same time? This lively presentation will inspire you to take your work–and children’s literature in general–even more seriously.
  • 4:00 – 4:45 Eastern: Presentation 6 Q&A
  • 5:00 – 5:45 Eastern: Presentation 7
  • 5:45 – 6:30 Eastern: Presentation 7 Q&A

Wednesday October 20

  • 9:30 – 10:15 Eastern: Dorena Williamson presentation “The power and possibility in writing for children” – learn more about Dorena here
  • 10:15 – 11:00 Eastern: Dorena Williamson Q&A
  • 11:15 – 12:00 Eastern: Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich presentation
  • 12:00 – 12:45 Eastern: Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich Q&A
  • 1:00 – 1:45 Eastern: What Do You Need As A Writer? – this informal conversation is an opportunity for you to share and discuss the most important kinds of support you need as a writer
  • 2:00 – 2:45 Eastern: TBD
  • 3:00 – 4:00 Eastern: Panel 2: Editors discuss children’s book needs
  • 4:15 – 5:00 Eastern: Presentation 10
  • 5:00 – 5:45 Eastern: Presentation 10 Q&A
  • 6:00 – 6:30 Eastern: TBD

Thursday October 21

  • 8:45 – 9:15 Eastern: “How to Heal Our Divides” – book discussion with Brian Allain
    • Our country has become quite polarized – what do we do about it? Recent times have put a spotlight on the deep divisions in our society. Much has been written that acknowledges and describes racial, political, religious, and other divides, but there is little practical information on what we can do about them. How to Heal Our Divides highlights organizations that are taking real action to address these issues and heal divides in effective and practical ways. See how you can help make the world a better place.
  • 9:30 – 10:15 Eastern: Karen Neumair (literary agent) presentation “Proposals Publishers Love” – learn more about Karen here
    • Senior Literary Agent Karen Neumair teams up with aspiring authors to put together the perfect presentation for their project and give them a sneak peek at proposals that sell.
  • 10:15 – 11:00 Eastern: Karen Neumair (literary agent) Q&A
  • 11:15 – 12:00 Eastern: Presentation 12
  • 12:00 – 12:45 Eastern: Presentation 12 Q&A
  • 12:45 – 1:45 Eastern: Break
  • 1:45 – 2:45 Eastern: TBD
  • 3:00 – 4:00 Eastern: Open mic
  • 4:15 – 5:00 Eastern: Bunmi Ishola (Penguin Random House) presentation – learn more about Bunmi here
  • 5:00 – 5:45 Eastern: Bunmi Ishola (Penguin Random House) Q&A
  • 6:00 – 6:30 Eastern: TBD

Friday October 22

  • 9:30 – 10:15 Eastern: Presentation 14
  • 10:15 – 11:00 Eastern: Presentation 14 Q&A
  • 11:15 – 12:00 Eastern: Presentation 15
  • 12:00 – 12:45 Eastern: Presentation 15 Q&A
  • 1:00 – 1:45 Eastern: Networking Lunch Break – an unmoderated, informal time for you to chat with other conference attendees
  • 2:00 – 3:00: Elevator pitch critique groups – Karen Neumair, Linda Neumair
  • 3:00 – 4:00: Elevator pitch critique groups – Bunmi Ishola
  • 4:30 – 5:00 Eastern: TBD

All times and sessions are subject to change

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