Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


We’re pleased to offer a wide range of pre- and post-conference activities. While there is no pre-registration necessary for the Creative Café, for the other events you will need to sign up during your conference registration. Detailed information such as where and when groups will be meeting to leave for tours, etc. will only be emailed to those who have registered for the activities.


Friday, May 3, 2019


Scrawl Crawl (Zürich Zoo)

Grab your sketchbooks, pencils, pens and paints, and join us as we head to the beautiful Zürich Zoo. This is a great chance to sketch animals in beautiful habitats, or the humans that come to see them. The group will travel together from the Youth Hostel. (Pre-registration required).

COST: participants will cover their own costs for public transportation to/from the Zoo, as well the Zoo admission cost.

Creative Café

Feel like scrawling but not crawling? Then the Creative Café is perfect for you. Whether you’re a writer or an illustrator, join us in the lobby of the hostel where there are plenty of tables, wifi, and coffee available (for purchase) for everyone who wants to take some time to work on a creative project. (Pre-registration is possible but not required).

COST: Free

Walking Tour

First time in Zürich? Would you like to see a bit of the city before you spend the weekend at the conference? Join us for a free walking tour of selected sites in Zürich’s city center led by an experienced guide to the city.

COST: Free / Tips are optional and welcome


Publisher Tour

We are thrilled that picture book publisher NordSüd has generously offered to open their offices on Friday evening for a behind-the-scenes tour. Space and attendance is limited, so you must register for this activity at the time of your conference registration.

COST: Free to attend; attendees are responsible for their own transportation costs to/from the venue.


Monday, May 6, 2019

Peer Critique Breakfast

Would you like to get feedback on a project? Join us at the Critique Breakfast on Monday after the conference. This is a great chance to get to know other writers or illustrators from the Europolitan regions, and to get feedback on your work (either 1 picture book manuscript, a portfolio, or a 10-page excerpt from your (chapter book, middle grade, young adult) manuscript).

How It Works

*One month prior to the conference you will submit your work for peer critique via email.

*You will be assigned to a critique group with members who are working on similar projects.

*All the submitted work for each group is sent to you and the rest of the group’s participants via email, along with critique guidelines.

*Prior to the conference, you will prepare a written critique of the work of the other participants in your group.

*Print out your comments/critiques and bring them with you to the conference.

*On Monday, bring your critiques with you to breakfast at the hostel. After breakfast, linger over coffee or tea and share your feedback with the group.