Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Pocono Remix 2023

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Date(s) - 04/28/2023 - 04/30/2023
12:00 am

The Barn at Boyds Mills
392 Boyds Mills Road - Boyds Mills, PA


Save the Date:

Pocono Remix 2023 


Annual Pocono Retreat @ The Highlights Foundation

April 28-30, 2023



Our annual retreat is back and in-person! Join us for a weekend of amazing faculty, craft talks, industry insights, and the chance to meet with fellow creators all set at the beautiful *Highlights Foundation in Boyd’s Mills, PA.

Registration is OPEN!! (click here) By registering for this event you agree to abide by SCBWI’s anti-harrassment policy.

Schedule: See the full event schedule here.

  • Ticket Prices: 
  • Full retreat: includes retreat tuition, meals at the Highlights Foundation, and accommodations either on campus or at one of two nearby AirBnBs
  • Member ticket: $670
  • PAL member ticket: $650
  • Nonmember ticket: $725
  • One day ticket available for anyone interested in attending Saturday only (includes 3 meals at the Highlights Foundation)= $210

Faculty: Click here for faculty bios. 

Critiques & Other feedback sessions: Click here for more on critiques & other faculty interaction opportunities 

*Accommodations:  Please, note that spaces will be more limited this year because of COVID restrictions. ALL PARTICIPANTS will be given SINGLE ACCOMMODATIONS unless you choose to partner with someone you know for a double.

Registration also includes access to the webinar “Power-up Your Conference Experience” with Christine Carron of 



Scholarships will be awarded to an underrepresented creator and/or a creator in need of financial assistance.

We are offering two full scholarships to be awarded to writers and/or illustrators who self-identify as a member of a community that is underrepresented in the field of children’s literature and/or who are in need of financial assistance. The scholarships include full tuition, room and board for the event, and one free critique. The scholarship does not include transportation from your home to the Highlights Foundation. If you do not travel by car, the Highlights Foundation offers complimentary car service from nearby train/bus stations. See registration page for details.


To apply for the scholarship, please email the following with “Pocono Retreat Scholarship” in the subject line to

  • A brief letter of introduction explaining why you are applying for the scholarship, a little bit about your creative journey, and, to your level of comfort, explaining how you qualify or self-identify as a member of a community that is underrepresented in the field of children’s literature.
  • A five-page sample from your chapter book/middle grade/young adult manuscript; OR one full picture book manuscript; OR three portfolio-ready illustrations


Note: The writing/illustration samples do not need to reflect experiences within an underrepresented or marginalized community. Our goal, and mission, is to uplift and support the creators. 


Deadline to apply for scholarships: February 28, 2023


Scholarship applicants will be informed of the decision on or before March 7, 2023.

In the event that equally qualified applicants apply, priority may be given to Eastern PA SCBWI members. Please note that if no applicants meet the requirements, Eastern PA SCBWI reserves the right not to award the scholarships for this event.

If you have any questions, please email us at


COVID Policy

U.S. Regions are required to comply with the following policy:

To minimize the risk of Covid-19 at all SCBWI in-person events with more than 75 attendees, event organizers are required to implement the following attendance policy:

  • Within three days of the event, attendees must submit current proof of vaccination OR proof of a negative covid test administered by third-party healthcare, taken no earlier than three days prior to the event, as a condition of attendance.
  • At any SCBWI in-person event, regardless of the number of attendees, organizers must offer each attendee a free disposable mask, provide hand sanitizing stations throughout the event area, and post this policy in its entirety in areas visible to attendees.
  • Comments regarding this policy should be directed to SCBWI headquarters by emailing Include your name and contact information in order to receive a response.