Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Big Chill Schedule

Big Chill Retreat 2018
4 p.m. arrival/registration lobby
6 p.m. supper cafeteria
7 p.m. meet/greet screen porch
rules of engagement
8 a.m. breakfast cafeteria
8:30 a.m. nuts & bolts * meeting room – A
9 a.m. illustrator intensive meeting room – B
9:15 a.m. critique groups meet
young adult meeting room – A
middle grade 1 meeting room – A
middle grade 2 cottage # 1
picture book 1 meeting room – A
picture book 2 cottage # 2
noon lunch cafeteria
1 p.m. individual work time cottages/grounds
3:30 p.m. free time cottages/grounds
hiking, bocci ball
writing, sketching
5 p.m. critique groups meet meeting room – A,B
discuss revisions
6 p.m. supper  cafeteria
7 p.m. beat night ** meeting room
8 a.m. breakfast cafeteria
9 a.m. critique groups meet meeting room – A,B
goal setting
10:15 a.m. state of industry/region meeting room – A,B
11 a.m. depart

* Optional: Aimed at true beginners. New to writing for children? This session will cover the basics: suggested word counts for particular markets, manuscript formatting, how to find an agent or editor to consider your work, making the most of opportunities in your own backyard.
** Open-mike, coffeehouse-style readings – We will have 5-minute readings (timer set/no exceptions). Sets will be broken up by 10-minute breaks for snacks, coffee, or drink refreshers. Readings do not have to be kidlit. Adult short literary fiction, poetry and essays are also welcome.