Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  • Date: June 2, 2018 Location: Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) University of Wisconsin, Madison Room 401 Teacher Education Building Cost: $80 members, $110 non-members Dive into your style and craft with award-winning illustrator Eliza Wheeler in this one-day workshop at the cooperative children’s book center in Madison, WI. Illustrators—from beginner to experienced—make the common mistake of skipping crucial development phases of the creative process, and attempt jumping into the final illustration too soon. In this one-day workshop, we will dive into the PROCESS of creating inspired and elevated illustrations. We’ll dissect stages of the creative process, which include; gathering inspiration, using visual reference, studying the building blocks of images, experimenting with our own, and learning to refine and assess the work. Attendees will also be encouraged to explore their personal style. While a basic understanding of drawing fundamentals and color theory will be beneficial, the workshop can be applicable for illustrators of all levels. The day will be a mixture of presentation and discussion, with segments of independent sketching and brainstorming. This workshop is introvert-friendly – no group work or pairing off will be involved; all input and sharing is voluntary. Come ready to sketch, and to go home with new tools and ideas! Spots are limited—register today! SaveSave
  • From our friends in Michigan: The 4 Out the Door Illustrator Challenge! Do you wonder how you can get on an art director’s or editor’s radar? Mailing a promotional postcard on a regular basis is the simplest self-promotion an illustrator can do! Maybe you have good intentions to send several postcards a year, but end up falling short. Wouldn’t it be easier if you were pleasantly prodded and cheered on by your peers? Join SCBWI Michigan illustrators in sending quarterly mailings on Feb. 1st, April 1st, July 1st, and Nov. 1st.   NEXT STEPS To participate, e-mail us at saying you are up for the challenge. Once you sign up, you will receive a welcome e-packet about the basics of promotional mailings and next steps, along with a digital badge you can use to share the news of our challenge. Check the MichKids listserv, social media, and The Mitten blog because SCBWI-MI illustrators Kirbi Fagan, Kara Marsee and Deb Pilutti will share printing resources, production tips, encouragement and success stories over the coming weeks. (BE SURE TO CONNECT ON THESE PLATFORMS! For more information on how, click HERE.) You can share your postcards on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag: #4outthedoor. We look forward to seeing what you create! Special shout-out to Kirbi Fagan for creating the 4 Out the Door logo and illustration.
  • Our friends in Nevada have compiled THIS LIST of SCBWI WEBINARS. SCBWI offers webinars across the regions in the US and abroad. VIEW WEBINARS Many thanks to the Nevada Regional Team for creating and updating theSCBWI Webinars webpage. Questions about specific webinars should be addressed directly to the Region hosting that webinar.  Thanks to illustrator Ken Lamug for use of his beautiful artwork on this website. SaveSave
  • Join us in Green Lake September 21-23, 2018 for this year's Fall Conference Reality Check: Exploring Truth.
  • Congratulations to Rebecca Hirsch and Maria Koch (Illustration), Mary Lee Flannigan (PB), Missy Mittelstaedt (PB Self-Publishing), Maria Parrott-Ryan (MG/YA), and Nichole Gladney (MG/YA Diversity).   We received dozens of highly qualified applicants across the categories, and our mentors had a tough time selecting this year. Our mentors expressed that it was not an easy decision, saying:  
  • Congratulations to Anuradha Rajurkar on winning the Emerging Voices Grant from SCBWI for her manuscript American Betiya!    American Betiya is a complex YA novel about a teenage artist grappling with forbidden romance, personal boundaries, and the appropriation of her Indian heritage. Describing the personal connection to her work, Rajurkar said, “Like the protagonist in my novel, I journeyed through deep conflict between my Indian roots and American girl dreams. Subtly exploring class, sexuality, and race in the context of art, minority culture, and first love, my work holds a mirror to the universal struggle—and triumph—of teenage girls seeking identity in a modern, diverse America.” The Emerging Voices award is part of the SCBWI’s ongoing effort to foster diverse and underrepresented voices in children’s publishing.  The winning manuscripts will be made available to select agents and editors via a secure website. Anuradha will also receive a paid trip to the 2018 SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles to meet editors, agents, and other industry professionals.   Anuradha D. Rajurkar, the 2017 recipient of SCBWI's Emerging Voices 2017 award for her YA manuscript American Betiya, is a teacher by day and a writer by night. She holds two degrees from Northwestern University and is a proud member of SCBWI. Rajurkar lives in Milwaukee with her husband and two sons, where, in her free time, she indulges her passions for reading, interior design, and hiking along Lake Michigan. For more about her journey, follow her on Twitter @ADRajurkar1 or Facebook.
  • Congratulations to the beautiful books launched in March!