Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  • Congrats to SCBWI-Wisconsin author Lisl H. Detlefsen on the release of her latest book On The Go Awesome!  
  •   Save the Date for the 2022 Marvelous Midwest SCBWI Conference - happening April 1- 3, 2022, in Davenport, Iowa! This six-region, Midwest mega-conference is designed to give you a large SCBWI NYC or LA conference experience closer to home. Featuring more than 35 faculty members sharing content for writers and illustrators that will move your Works In Progress -- and your career -- forward. Make industry connections. Get a portfolio review or critique. Gain access to acquiring editors, agents, and art directors. Find your people and make lasting relationships.  Start your planning now to join in! Much more info to come. Stay tuned.
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  • Congrats to the SCBWI-Wisconsin authors and illustrators who are releasing these beautiful books in spring 2021! Click HERE for a downloadable and highly shareable PDF. Or see the JPEG image below on your device. Enjoy.
  •   Welcome! :) We’re so glad you joined SCBWI, the first step into joining the international kidlit community. To become more involved, we recommend the following: 1. Connect with Susan Twiggs to join a critique group ( Be sure to ask for your specific genres (picture books, YA, traditional art, digital art, etc.).This is by far the best way to start writing or drawing on a schedule and get feedback on your work.  2. Get on the SCBWI listserv site and receive emails about ongoing events and updates. Request to join by emailing Melea Richardson at 3. Thoroughly read The Book: The Essential Guide to Publishing for Children. This fantastic resource kicks off your publication journey and is regularly updated to provide you the latest news with most current networking. You access it by logging into, clicking on “Publications” and selecting The Book. It is a wealth of information from start to finish. 4. Attend one of the local get-togethers. We offer several high-interest state-wide events a year, and our area reps offer many smaller, free meet-ups. During the pandemic, we're doing virtual events only. However, you can find many digital workshops from regions around the globe. Find them by going to and clicking the tab called Digital. 5. Attend a bigger conference, also listed there in Digital. Locally,  so be sure to check our region’s calendar on our regional website ( That site also shows . 6. Virtually visit your local library. You probably do this on a regular basis already, but it's a good to check out new ebooks and see what's current in your category. 7. Read up on the industry and connect with other creators: ● Follow SCBWI-WI on twitter @SCBWIWisconsin ● Follow SCBWI-WI on Facebook : SCBWI-Wisconsin ● Check out the SCBWI-WI blog: ● Go to Wisconsin's regional SCBWI website ( to see our list of volunteers, including your area reps, and links to our newsletter, blog, and other helpful resources. ● Dive into SCBWI's headquarters (international) website at See more wonderful membership benefits here. We hope to meet you virtually or in person soon!  
  •   SCBWI stands firmly against bias, oppression, or unfair treatment of people based on their identity elements. We also extend our condolences to the Floyd family at this hurtful time. As we feel the pain of what is happening today in America and in the treatment of our Black citizens, we renew our commitment to equity, inclusion, and equal justice for all. To read more about our stand, here is our position statement on equity and inclusion:
  • Fall 2020 Book Releases   Congrats to all the SCBWI-Wisconsin authors and illustrators who are releasing these beautiful books in the fall of 2020! Please click the image below for a downloadable PDF and share widely!
  • Congrats to all the SCBWI-Wisconsin authors and illustrators who are releasing these beautiful books in September 2020!     Click the image to open a larger version in a new window. And please feel free to share in your network and on social media.  
  •   In light of the ongoing health crisis, the 2021 winter conference has been moved from New York City to the digital realm and will take place live on Zoom, February 19-21, 2021. Prepare to be wowed by programming that is contemporary and relevant, focusing on popular genres and behind-the-scenes looks into the children’s publishing industry. The Winter Conference will feature: - Dynamic keynotes and industry panels - A fly-on-the-wall look at the book acquisition and design process; - The Golden Kite Awards Gala; - Online networking opportunities and socials; - The career-launching Portfolio Showcase, and - A full-day, optional Illustrators’ Intensive Look for incredible keynote conversations between Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli, Christian Robinson and Matt de la Peña, Jerry Craft and Victoria Jamieson, plus a rare appearance from the legendary Patricia MacLachlan. The event will also provide an inside look at the children’s book industry through visits, mock meetings, and an in-depth, state-of-the-industry interview with Jean Feiwel. The conference takes place live on Zoom, but video recordings will be available to attendees through March 31, 2021. Participate live or watch at your convenience. Don’t miss out! Click here for more information and to register.

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SCBWI is the society for writers and illustrators of children’s literature. It’s also an easy place to find speakers for your bookstore, school, or library. Find Wisconsin creators here and learn more about SCBWI by watching this video. Please settle in and get to know us. 🙂

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