Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Europolitan Conference 2019

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Date(s) - 04/05/2019 - 05/05/2019
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Zürich Youth Hostel
Mutschellenstrasse 114 - Zürich, 8038


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Are you ready to Take Your Work to the Next Level?

Join us!

Saturday, May 4 – Sunday, May 5, 2019 in Zürich, Switzerland

Willkommen!   Bienvenue!   Benvenuto!   Bainvegnì!   Welcome! 

The Swiss chapter of SCBWI welcomes you to the fourth biennial SCBWI Europolitan conference. We’re thrilled that you’ll be joining us! Whether you’re at the beginning of your journey to publication, or an experienced traveller along that road, we have workshops designed to help you take your work to the next level. You can take a look at the schedule in greater detail here.

We know that one of the most important things about the Europolitan is the chance to meet and get to know other people who are also working on projects for young readers, so we’ve got plenty of chances for you to meet, greet and get feedback on your work.

•   On Friday afternoon, May 3rd, you can take a walking tour of Zürich, sketch animals or humans at the zoo, or dive into your work in progress in the company of other writers and/or illustrators (costs covered by each person individually). We hope your travel schedule will allow you to join in the fun and meet the other attendees! Later on Friday, publisher Nord-Süd is generously offering our attendees a behind-the-scenes look at a picture book publishing house. (Due to space considerations, places will be limited).

•   On Monday, May 6th, there will be a Peer Critique Breakfast. Participants will be assigned to small groups which will exchange manuscript excerpts prior to the conference. After breakfast on Monday, the groups will meet and share their feedback.

•   There is a portfolio contest for illustrators, as well as manuscript critique and portfolio review opportunities. 

•   What better way to end each conference day than chatting with other people working in the same creative discipline, or from your own SCBWI region? We’ll have networking groups on both Saturday and Sunday.

We look forward to welcoming you to Europolitan in Switzerland!



Early Bird Registration

opens 8 AM, Sunday, 6. January, 2019

closes midnight, Thursday, 28. February, 2019

Regular Registration

opens 1. March, 2019



Conference Coordinators:

Elisabeth Norton, Regional Advisor, Switzerland
Monika Baum, Illustrator Coordinator, Switzerland
Melanie Rook Welfing, Regional Advisor, Benelux


Conference Committee:

Elizabeth Joseph Brahy, Regional Advisor, France
Dana Carey, Assistant Regional Advisor, France
Katja Rammer, Regional Advisor, Germany+Austria
Sanne Dufft, Illustrator Coordinator, Germany+Austria
Olga Reiff, Assistant Regional Advisor, Benelux
Özge Tigli Tasli, Illustrator Coordinator, Benelux


Conference Volunteers:

Sandra Yoong-Chia, Member, SCBWI Switzerland





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MEMBER (paying by bank transfer) - CHF350.00

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MEMBER (paying by PayPal) - CHF368.00

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NON-MEMBER (paying by PayPal) - CHF420.00

Event Extras

Breakout 1: Saturday 10:30 - Noon

          Friday Optional Activities

                Breakout 2: Saturday, 13:00-14:30

                      Breakout 3: Saturday 15:00-16:00

                            Breakout 4: Sunday, 10:00 - 12:00

                                  Breakout 5: Sunday, 13:00 - 15:00

                                        Portfolio Showcase

                                          Publisher Tour

                                            Dietary Sensitivities


                                                        Monday Optional Activity

                                                          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.