Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

An Evening with Rosemary Wells

Date(s) - 05/03/2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Van Deysselhuis
De Lairessestraat 125 - Amsterdam, 1075 HH

Join us Thursday, May 3, from 6-7 pm in Amsterdam for a presentation by Rosemary Wells, author of 125 books, including the beloved Max and Ruby series.  Come hear what Rosemary has to share on the world of publishing and her creative process, as she draws on her extensive experience in writing, illustrating and working with editors.

After her talk, from 7-8, Rosemary will do manuscript reviews. A limited number of participants can sign up for one (1) individual Manuscript Review (7 pages max or one picture book text of 1,000 words max) for an additional fee. Select the Manuscript Review add-on when registering. Full details of submission are printed below.


Rosemary Wells is is the author of 125 books for young readers, including middle grade and YA novels. She is the recipient of many awards including The Christopher Award for Mary on Horseback and two Edgar’s for her YA mysteries. Her picture books include Yoko and Mother Goose, as well as more than 40 about Max and Ruby. Rosemary worked as an art director and designer before illustrating her first book and now travels all over the country as a tireless advocate for literacy. She is the mother of two grown daughters, Victoria and Marguerite, and grandmother to four girls.


Submission Guidelines Manuscript Consultations

Please be sure to read the following very carefully before submitting your manuscript. If you are unsure about anything for the manuscript consultation, please mail us with any questions.

You must register for the workshop before you submit your manuscript.

All manuscripts must be sent by email to our email address.

Your manuscript must ARRIVE in the mailbox ON or BEFORE April 5, 2018. Manuscripts received after April 5 cannot be accepted.

Format ALL manuscripts in a 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font, double spaced, 1 inch margins all around. More formatting questions? Read From Keyboard to Printed Page.

ALL submissions must include a title page with your contact information in the upper left hand corner as well as the genre of your manuscript (YA, MG, Chapter Book or NF. Please note it must be only one genre, e.g. there is no MG/YA genre, it is either MG or YA).
* The title page does NOT count as one of your ten pages.

The name on your manuscript must match the name you registered under even if you write under a pseudonym.

For Picture Books and Poetry: Submit up to ONE picture book manuscript of up to 1,000 words max. No synopsis is needed. Please do not submit a dummy book, photos, or illustrations unless you are also the illustrator.

For Middle Grade, Young Adult, Nonfiction and Chapter books: Submit only the first SEVEN (7) pages, even if it cuts off mid-chapter, plus a synopsis no longer than 250 words.


In short:
Event: An Evening with Rosemary Wells
Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM (CEST) (Presentation), 7:00 – 8:00 PM (Manuscript Reviews)

Event fee (refreshments included):
€ 10 for SCBWI members
€ 15 for non-members

Additional Manuscript Review fee (optional, limited space, first come first serve):
€ 35 for SCBWI members
€ 45 for non-members


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Non-member Ticket - €15.00

SCBWI Member Ticket - €10.00

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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 has a zero-tolerance policy regarding harassment, intimidation, and discrimination. This includes all harassment, intimidation, and discrimination made on the basis of race, age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, religion, class, body size, veteran status, marital/domestic partnership status, citizenship or any other marginalized identity. Harassment includes verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as deliberate intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, and bullying or coercion of any kind, in particular forcing another to accept your beliefs.

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-warning the party involved that the particular behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;


-immediate removal from the 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;


-removal from the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, when appropriate




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