Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Spring Retreat 2023 + Workshop with YA Author Melinda Salisbury

Date(s) - 05/04/2023 - 05/07/2023
12:00 am

RIZ - Radolfzeller Innovationszentrum
Fritz-Reichle-Ring 6a - Radolfzell, BaWü 78315

SCBWI Germany & Austria is pleased to open registration for our Spring Retreat open to all members.

Join us in Radolfzell (Bodensee, Baden-Württemberg) for up to three days of working with fellow creatives.

We are offering a 4day-3nights or 3days-2nights retreat including a Workshop by Melinda Salisbury and the additional option to get manuscript feedback by Melinda (limited availability).

Illustrator Track available for Option 1 and 2: Scrawl Crawl with Sanne in Radolfzell instead of the Workshop.

This retreat will be suitable for both writers and illustrators. Join us at the RIZ – Radolfzeller Innovationszentrum for up to three days and enjoy a workshop by Melinda Salisbury or Scrawl Crawl with Sanne.

The Event:

When:  Timeframe of 4th May 2023 – Sunday, 7th May 2023, depending on the option booked.
Where:  RIZ Radolfzell – Fritz-Reichle-Ring 6a, 78315, Radolfzell am Bodensee, Baden-Württemberg (

The Options:

Option 1 – The Full Experience  

Costs: 175,- Euro for the 4-Days & 3-Nights Work Intensive Retreat + Workshop
OR Illustrator option without workshop for 130,- Euro

You get to work in a stress-free environment, away from the day-to-day chores and tasks, and join your fellow SCBWI members from Friday morning to Sunday noon in five work sessions AND Melinda Salisbury’s Workshop on Character Development or the Scrawl Crawl with Sanne for Illustrators.
This fee also includes drinks and lunch on Friday (conference flat fee as described below.)

Option 2 – The Weekend Getaway

Costs: 125,- Euro for the 3-Days & 2 Nights Work Weekend
OR Illustrator option without workshop for 80,- Euro

This includes: Attendance on Saturday and Sunday’s work session AND Melinda Salisbury’s workshop on Saturday or the Scrawl Crawl with Sanne for Illustrators.

Option 3 – The Quick Drop-In

Costs: 65,- Euro for attending Melinda Salisbury’s Workshop and the following Q&A from 11:00am to 12:30pm on Saturday.

Our Guest Speaker and the Workshop:

Melinda Salisbury is a four-time Carnegie nominated author, whose first novel The Sin Eater’s Daughter was the bestselling UK YA debut of 2015. Her other books include the sequels to The Sin Eater’s Daughter: The Sleeping Prince, and The Scarecrow Queen, the State of Sorrow duology, Scottish folk-horror novel Hold Back The Tide, Persephone origin story, Her Dark Wings, and in non-fiction, The Way Back Almanac. Melinda has been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, YA Book Prize, and the Branford Boase Award, and Hold Back the Tide was a YALSA 2022 pick. Her books have been published in 15 countries to date. She lives on the East Sussex coast and is a passionate amateur wildlife photographer. Find out more here!

The Workshop – Character Development:

Character Development 101 is a crash-course in everything a writer might want to consider when developing characters for their fiction. Over the course of an hour, we’ll be exploring what character development means, breaking down the composition of characters and how to make readers feel invested in them, examining popular character tropes and how and when to use or subvert them, and character engagement and showing versus telling. This is an interactive workshop, not a lecture or presentation, so please come ready to work, as there will be in-class exercises designed to help you deepen tour understanding of the topics we cover.

Add-on option: Manuscript feedback by Melinda

Melinda has agreed to offer a limited number of Manuscript Feedbacks for attendees of the Retreat. She will review a first chapter or manuscript excerpt up to 3500 words, provide a written response and have a 20-minute 1-on-1 session with you on Saturday, 6th May 2023 in Radolfzell, where she discusses her feedback with you. This offer is valid for MG (Middle Grade) or YA (Young Adult) Manuscripts only. Melinda will not review Picture Book Manuscripts.

Costs: 75,- Euro. If you choose this add-on option, please note: You MUST provide your Manuscript NO LATER than April 18th! The option will appear once you picked a ticket option.

The Schedule in detail:

Thursday, May 4th (STAR WARS DAY!)
7:30pm___Dinner in Radolfzell. We’ll get together for dinner (restaurant #tbd) in town to (re)connect with fellow members and guests.

Friday, May 5th
*for Friday, the event location is offering a flat fee for food/drink during the day for us. Included are: unlimited coffee, tea, water. Morning snack: Butterbrezeln, Croissants, Fruit; Lunch self-service, 4 diff choices; Afternoon: coffee, tea, water, fruit, cake, cookies. Not included are other soft drinks/soda. Those are available, but will be charged by consumption. (We’ll make a list!)

pre 8:30am___Get ready for a day of creative work and make your way to RIZ from your hotel/accommodation.
8:30am – 1:00pm __Work session 1 – everyone grabs a desk and gets to work on their projects. There will be snacks/fruit/coffee between breakfast and lunch break. Water, apple juice spritz, and coffee available in the room.
1:00pm – 2:00pm__Lunch break. We’ll eat at the RIZ. There’s going to be a choice of four different meals. Drinks are not included. After lunch, we’ll head for a quick walk if the weather permits. Oxygen FTW! 😉
2:00pm – 5:30pm __Work session 2 – back to the desks for more work on our projects! There will be more snacks/coffee in the afternoon. Water, apple juice spritz, and coffee available in the room.
6:30/7:00pm___Dinner in Radolfzell. We’ll get together for dinner (restaurant #tbd) in town. Fellow members who will join us for the 2-day retreat are invited to join!

Saturday, May 6th

*for the weekend, the location could not offer any flat fees for drinks/snacks. There will be soft drinks/soda/coffee and snacks available, but pay as we consume, not a flat fee. (There’s unlimited tea!)

pre 8:30am___Get ready for a day of creative work and make your way to RIZ from your hotel/accommodation.
8:30am – 10:45pm __Work session 3 – grab a desk and gets to work on your project.
11:00am – 12:30pm __Workshop – Character Development with Melinda Salisbury. This is a hands-on, participatory 1h workshop with Q&A. OR Illustrator Track: Scrawl Crawl in Radolfzell with Sanne
12:30pm – 2:00pm__Lunch break. We’ll either head out for lunch or have the location prep snacks for us.
2:00pm – 5:30pm __Work session 4 – back to the desks right away or a quick walk to air out. Then back to work! Melinda will conduct the 1-on-1 sessions in the afternoon with those who have opted for Manuscript Feedback.
6:30/7:00pm__Dinner with the group in town – location #tbd.

Sunday, May 7th
*for the weekend, the location could not offer any flat fees for drinks/snacks. There will be soft drinks/soda/coffee and snacks available, but pay as we consume, not a flat fee. (There’s unlimited tea!)

pre 8:30am___Get ready for a day of creative work. Check out of hotels/AirBnBs and such and meet at RIZ for our final work session.
8:30am – 1:30pm __Work session 5 – back to the desks for more work on our projects.
12:30pm – 1:00pm__Check-out. It’s time to wrap up a hopefully very productive weekend and make our way back home.

Additional Costs: please note that the region will handle the event location and conference flat fees (for Friday only). There will be additional costs for travel, hotel, cab/taxi, dinner/lunch on other days. You will need to pay that on site yourself.

Accommodations for this retreat. 
This retreat’s location is not connected to any hotel. Therefore, the region will not provide or manage rooms for you. If you are attending the 2-days or 3-days event, you need to find accommodation. There are several hotels in Radolfzell as well as holiday homes and Airbnbs for rent.


If you would like to room/share with someone, please check the region’s Discord server. On there is the Retreat Channel, where you might find people who are looking for roommates as well.

Registration and Cancellation Policy
Registration is open now and will end on April 27th 2023.
Once you are registered for the event, you may cancel your registration free of charge up until April 20th.
You will get a 50% refund if you have to cancel between April 20th and April 27th. No refunds will be paid after April 27th.

Covid Policy:
You are required to show a negative ‘Schnelltest’ of the same day you join the event (for 3-days event on Thursday night or Friday morning; for 2-day event on Friday night or Saturday morning).
The region will provide a Lateral Flow Test for everyone for Friday and Saturday. Please snap a picture of the result and have it ready before meeting with your fellow creatives for the day so that we can work in the same room without masks.
We will not require proof of vaccination.

Non-SCBWI Member Attendees:

The region will allow a few slots for non-SCBWI members. Prices for non-members are:

4-Days & 3-Nights event: 195,- Euro – incl workshop
3-Days & 2 Nights event: 150,- Euro – incl workshop
Workshop only: 85,- Euro

4-Days & 3-Nights event: 150,- Euro – incl Scrawl Crawl
3-Days & 2 Nights event: 105,- Euro – incl Scrawl Crawl

Manuscript feedback for writers: 95,- (Note: slots for the MS feedback will be held for members until April 16th. If you are not an SCBWI member and interested in an MS feedback, please let me know. I will put you on the waiting list. Left-over slots are available to non-members after April 16th. I will notify you if that’s the case. Please note that you need to have your submission ready to go for the April 18th deadline.)

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Ticket Information

NonMember - Full Experience - €195.00
4 days - 3 nights retreat (no accommodation incl.)

SCBWI Member - The Full Experience - €175.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

4-days 3-nights retreat with workshop - Members ticket

NonMember - The Weekend Getaway - €150.00
3 days - 2 nights retreat with Workshop (no accommodation incl)

NonMember Illustrator Ticket - The Full Experience with Scrawl Crawl - €150.00
4-days 3-nights retreat with Scrawl Crawl, no accommodation incl

Illustrator Ticket - Full Experience with Scrawl Crawl - €130.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

4-days 3-nights with Scrawl Crawl in Radolfzell during Saturday Workshop. Member ticket

SCBWI Member - The Weekend Getaway - €125.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

3-days 2-nights Retreat with workshop for members

NonMember Illustrator Ticket - The Weekend Getaway with ScrawlCrawl - €105.00
3-days 2-nights retreat with Scrawl Crawl, no accommodation incl

Non-member - Workshop Only - €85.00

Illustrator Ticket - The Weekend Getaway with Scrawl Crawl - €80.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

3-days 2-nights retreat with Scrawl Crawl in Radolfzell during Saturday Workshop for members.

SCBWI Member - The Quick Drop-In - €65.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Workshop Only

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