Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

JambaLAya Kidlit Conference 2019 (New Orleans)

Date(s) - 03/22/2019 - 03/24/2019
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Academy of the Sacred Heart
4521 St. Charles Avenue, - New Orleans, Louisiana 70115

March 22-24, 2019
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*** UPDATE: There are two Saturday night rooms available at the HAMPTON INN Conference Hotel. Email us at if interested and we will send the contact information. ***

So … you have a story and want to get it published? Or, you want to learn how others got their stories and/or illustrations published? Or, you like gathering in the company of colleagues to share insights and wisdom into the fascinating world of children’s books?

Whatever made you click to get here, BIENVENUE! And be sure to check out last year’s portfolio showcase winner and conference illustrator’s work, Sarah Gramelspacher, at


• Grace Kendall, Senior Editor, FSG Books for Young Readers/Macmillan. Grace works on a range of material from picture books to YA novels, fiction and nonfiction. (A limited number of in-person consultations are offered.) (FULL)
• Jennifer Laughran, Agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (A limited number of in-person consultations are offered.) (FULL)
• Laurent Linn, Art Director for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. (A limited number of in-person consultations are offered.) (FULL)
• Freddi Williams Evans, award-winning author of three historically based children’s books. (A limited number of written critiques are offered.)
• Johnette Downing, Author/Illustrator/Musician, locally called “the Musical Ambassador to Children” and the “Pied Piper of Louisiana Music Traditions.”
• Nina Kooij, Editor-in-Chief at Pelican Publishing Company. (A limited number of in-person consultations are offered.)
• Catherine Frank; freelance editor at Catherine Frank Editorial and former Executive Editor at Viking. (A limited number of in-person consultations are offered.) (FULL)


• Caroline Starr Rose, award-winning middle grade and picture book author whose books have been ALA-ALSC Notable, Junior Library Guild, ABA New Voices, Kids’ Indie Next, Amazon’s Best Books of the Month for Kids, and Bank Street College of Education Best Books selections. Caroline will critique picture books, middle grade and young adult.
• Crystal Allen, winner of the 2018 Sid Fleischman Golden Kite and author of the Magnificent Mya Tibbs middle-grade novels. Crystal will critique middle grade.
• Leslie Staub, (FULL) picture book author and illustrator, 2017 Golden Kite Honor winner, and Golden Kite judge for the 2018 SCBWI picture book entries. Leslie will critique picture books.
• Sarah Campbell, Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor winner and whose books have been named as ALSC Notables. Sarah will critique nonfiction.
• Whitney Stewart, (FULL) award-winning author of young adult, middle grade and picture books. Whitney will critique picture books or the first 1,000 words of nonfiction middle grade or young adult.


Friday, March 22 ~ Writing MasterClass by Grace Kendall in the Hospitality Room of The Garden District Hampton Inn at 2:00 p.m.
(Optional $75; space is limited.FULL)

Friday, March 22~ Illustrator MasterClass by Laurent Linn at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, 5256 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA at 2:00 p.m. (Optional $75; space is limited.)

Friday, March 22 Icebreaker ~ Kidlit Drink Night Meetup at The Columns Hotel at 5:15 p.m. Cash bar.

Saturday, March 23 JambaLAya Kidlit Conference ~ Academy of Sacred Heart Rosary Campus general registration at 8:00 a.m.

Saturday, March 23 Conference Dinner ~ at Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar, immediately following the conference.

Sunday, March 24 PAL Meeting in the Hospitality Room of The Garden District Hampton Inn at 9:00 a.m.

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~Conference Schedule, Cost & Lodging

~ Conference Faculty & Speakers

~ Writing Master Class with Grace Kendall

~ Illustrator Master Class with Laurent Linn

~ Manuscript Critique Information

~ Portfolio Critique & Showcase Information

~ How to Make the Most of Critique Time

~ “First Look” Writing Guidelines

~ Conference Saturday Night Dinner (optional) at Superior Seafood

~ Lodging at the Hampton Inn

~ RA Scholarship

~ PAL Meeting


For Critiques, Please Note: DEADLINES FOR THESE ARE PAST.

You may only register for one (1) from the following: Grace Kendall (FULL), Jennifer Laughran (FULL), Laurent Linn (FULL), Nina Kooij, or Catherine Frank (FULL). However, author/illustrators who are having a portfolio review with Laurent Linn may also choose one (1) other from this group.

All may choose a second or more with Freddi Evans, Caroline Starr Rose, Crystal Allen, Whitney Stewart (FULL), Leslie Staub (FULL) or Sarah C. Campbell.

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Ticket Information

SCBWI Member Late Registration - $160.00

ASH Student Late Registration - $161.00
After 1/31/2019 for students, parents/guardians and alumni of Academy of Sacred Heart

Non-Member Late Registration - $200.00
After 1/31/2019

Event Extras

Master Class Intensives

      Written Critiques by Authors

                  Conference Dinner

                    Face-to-Face Portfolio Review

                      Face-to-face Critiques

                              The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy
                              To register for an SCBWI event, you are required to acknowledge our Anti-Harassment Policy.
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                              The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of its members and will take any and all necessary steps to address and prevent harassment at events associated with SCBWI. Harassment under this policy may include verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention or advances, and bullying or coercion.


                              The SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment or intimidation at any SCBWI Event. An “SCBWI Event” is any event, meeting or activity that is authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager to be sponsored by, or affiliated with, SCBWI. SCBWI events may include, if properly authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager, the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, the Annual Winter Conference in New York, regional conferences, meetings and meet-ups. This SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy also applies to “SCBWI On-Line Interactions,” which include communications and content posted on, or directed towards, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts or sent through any of the communication tools available on SCBWI’s website, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts under this policy include the official SCBWI accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.



                              Code of Conduct

                              All participants in SCBWI Events and SCBWI On-Line Interactions, including faculty, staff, and attendees, are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct. The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits harassment, including but not limited to the following behaviors:

                              • intimidation, stalking, or following.
                              • Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
                              • Inappropriate physical contact.
                              • Unwelcome sexual attention.
                              • Abusive verbal comments.
                              • Quid pro quo– sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for professional consideration or favors.
                              • Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. SCBWI continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of appropriate controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct as stated in this part of the Policy and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.


                              Reporting Procedures

                              Any person who believes there has been a violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in one or all of the following ways:

                              • Certain SCBWI Events, including the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles and the Annual Winter Conference in New York, will designate one or more Safety Team Members who will be available during the conference to provide a safe space for members to report an incident. The Safety Team Member will report directly to the conference director or regional advisor in charge.
                              • A complainant may submit a complaint under this policy to the Director of Community Marketing and Engagement, the Director of Illustration and Artist Programs and/or your Regional Manager.
                              • SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any potential incident of harassment under this policy. Anyone who chooses to report an incident can find the Anti-Harassment Report Form on the SCBWI website (About > Anti-Harassment) or use the following link: Reports should include the substance of the complaint, date, and whenever possible, a list of witnesses or a reference to the relevant URLs, if the offense occurred through an SCWBI On-Line Interaction.


                              SCBWI will investigate all complaints subject to the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. If the policy applies, SCBWI will investigate the matter and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence and protect the environment at SCWBI Events. If a complaint is made anonymously, please note that SCBWI will not be able to follow up on an anonymous report with the complainant directly, as SCBWI will not have contact information for the anonymous complainant. Moreover, anonymous complaints may hinder SCBWI’s ability to investigate the complaint.  SCBWI will take steps to protect the confidentiality of the complaint, to the extent possible.  However, complete confidentiality may not be possible in all circumstances.  SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.

                              If appropriate, SCBWI may report the incident to local authorities.



                              The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against a member of the SCBWI community for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination, or for participating in an investigation relating to any complaint made under this policy. The sanctions for retaliation are the same sanctions available to address any other violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy.



                              SCBWI takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Complaints will be investigated by SCWBI if they fall within the scope of SCWBI’s Anti-Harassment Policy. Depending on the results of the investigation, SCWBI will determine whether a sanction is appropriate.


                              Sanctions for faculty, speakers, staff or board members may include any of the following:


                              • warning the party involved that the particular behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
                              • immediate removal from a particular event;
                              • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a temporary or permanent basis;
                              • withholding of a contracted honorarium;
                              • prohibition from future speaking engagements;
                              • prohibition from future faculty appointments;
                              • expulsion from SCBWI; and/or
                              • removal from the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, when appropriate.


                              Sanctions for attendees, members, and guests can include any of the following:

                              • warning the party involved that specified behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
                              • immediate removal from a particular event, without refund;
                              • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;
                              • termination of SCBWI membership, without refund; and/or
                              • prohibition of future SCBWI membership.


                              If the conduct at issue involves one of SCBWI’s employees, SCBWI will handle utilize whatever corrective action is appropriate based on the result of the investigation and subject to SCBWI employment policies and practices.



                              SCBWI will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties and witnesses. Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect the reputation of all parties involved.



                              If you wish to file a complaint or an anonymous complaint, CLICK HERE to access the Anti-harassment Report Form.


                              If you have questions regarding this policy, you may send an email to Please include the words "anti-harassment policy" in the subject line.

                              I have read and accepted the SCBWI Anti-Harassment policy.