Connects Meet and Greet

Head to the Ballroom to meet up with RMC members from either your geographical area or area of interest (i.e., nonfiction, young adult, illustrators, self-publishing). There will also be a table for those wishing to discuss the Michelle Begley Mentor Program.

Quiet Room

Need a break? A space to take a breath and process? Or maybe somewhere quiet to explore those ideas that are suddenly bubbling up? Then this is the place to be!

School Visit Activities

During this social session, view and try out the activities/materials your fellow authors and illustrators bring to their school visits. Great for ideas and having some fun before the next breakout session!

If available, please bring a stack of your own school visit activities (handouts, drawing or activity pages, crafts…). Share your ideas and gain inspiration by seeing what is possible!

Not doing school visits yet? Stop in to enjoy the company of others and that lovely new-box-of-Crayolas smell.

Critique Connect

If you are looking for critiques, are interested in finding a critique group, or want to learn more about peer critiques, please join our critique session on Saturday from 6:30-8pm.

Here’s your opportunity to meet and greet and read with others looking for critique partners! Facilitated by our Critique Group Coordinator, Rachel Funez, this session is for all writers and Illustrators! To participate, please bring 6 copies of 6 pages (authors), your portfolio (illustrators), and/or a picture book dummy (illustrator/authors).


Bring your pitch for your picture book, middle grade, or young adult novel to get an on-the-spot critique of what’s working and how to make it stronger. These pitches can then be used in query letters and online pitch events.

Copy and paste your pitch three times on one sheet of paper. Cut it into thirds, paperclip the strips together, and bring them to the session. Your pitch should be 2-4 lines (12 point font, 1 inch margins, Times New Roman). Pitches will be read aloud, and feedback given based on first impressions. You can remain anonymous if you’d like.