Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Writing & Illustrating Retreat

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Date(s) - 09/15/2017 - 09/17/2017
12:00 am

Conception Abbey
37174 State Hwy VV - Conception, MO 64433


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Kansas / Missouri SCBWI

Writing & Illustrating Retreat
and Pre-Conference Tune-up!

September 15-17, 2017

Could you use a couple of days to escape distractions and polish your work before the November conference? If so, consider joining your fellow writers and illustrators in the quiet of idyllic Conception Abbey in Conception, Missouri.

Established in 1873 by monks from Engelberg, Switzerland, the Abbey is situated in a rural setting and provides simple accommodations in a quiet, peaceful atmosphere—perfect for writing, revising, drawing or painting! It is a beautiful site with ample space for quiet walks to get the creative juices flowing. We have reserved rooms with private baths and showers in the St. Gabriel Guest House.


Every participant will have a private room, access to Saturday’s communal work space, and a chance to meet new and old friends during our Saturday evening pizza party. Bring your best work, your laptops, paints and pencils. Pack along your favorite drinks as well. Get ready to recharge those creative batteries!


Costs and Amenities:

  • This event is reserved for members of SCBWI.
  • Cost: $195  
  • Registration fees are not refundable.

Cost includes a private room and the following meals:

            Friday: lunch, dinner

            Saturday: breakfast, lunch, dinner

            Sunday: breakfast, lunch 

Unfortunately, since meals are served buffet style, the Abbey cannot accommodate any special dietary needs. There are also no cooking facilities for guest groups. There are a limited number of refrigerators to keep food cold, so if you have a lot of your own items to keep cold, the Abbey suggests bringing a cooler and ice. Hospitality areas provide coffee and hot water service.  A donation jar is provided to help offset the cost of this service. The nearest town (complete with Walmart, fast food, etc.) is just minutes away. 

Register using the form below. Pay your registration fee using ONE of the following methods (Be sure to select the appropriate option when registering):

Mail a check to:

SCBWI Kansas – AWR
11709 Roe Ave., Suite D #200
Leawood, KS 66211

OR Pay with PayPal. (It will be an option when registering).