Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  •   Find the contact info for our Membership & Listserv Coordinator in the left sidebar of our homepage.
  •   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!
  • (See information in Spanish below)   In light of the ongoing health crisis, this year’s summer conference has been moved from downtown Los Angeles to the digital realm. The new event, The SCBWI Summer Spectacular, will take place live on Zoom, August 1-4, 2020. We are calling this online extravaganza ‘The Summer Spectacular’ because it truly is spectacular. It features the biggest stars in children’s literature. At the heart of the event are twelve Keynote Conversations with luminaries of the children’s publishing world. The line-up includes Kwame Alexander, Laurie Halse Anderson, Mac Barnett, Judy Blume, Jeff Kinney, Jon Klassen, Grace Lin, Alvina Ling, Meg Medina, Lin Oliver, Nancy Paulsen, LeUyen Pham, Jason Reynolds, Dan Santat, Heidi Stemple, Nic Stone, Raul the Third, Jane Yolen, Henry Winkler and Jacqueline Woodson. There will be a panel of renowned editors including Stacey Barney, (Executive Editor, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers), Arthur Levine(Founder & Publisher, Levine Querido), Neal Porter (Publisher, Neal Porter Books/Holiday House), Jill Santopolo(Associate Publisher, Philomel Books/Penguin Random House), and Namrata Tripathi(Publisher, Kokila Books/Penguin Random House). An agents’ panel rounds out the list of keynote conversations. As of this publishing, participating agents include Regina Brooks of Serendipity Literary Agency, Brooks Sherman of Janklow & Nesbit, and Rosemary Stimolaof The Stimola Literary Studio. There are also opportunities for individual manuscript and portfolio critique, consultations on your social media presence and your career path, the talent-discovering portfolio showcase, live twitter chat socials, an online member book sale, a meme contest and a festive costume contest via Instagram. The complete schedule can be found here.     La Sociedad Internacional de Creadores de Libros para niños y jóvenes presenta: Congreso Virtual SCBWI «Verano Espectacular» 31 de julio al 4 de agosto Sesiones en zoom con grabaciones disponibles todo el mes de agosto. EL EVENTO ESTARÁ EN INGLÉS. Socios: 100$. No socios: 175$ ¿Qué incluye? Charlas y mesas redondas sobre la creación y publicación de libros para niños y jóvenes con los autores, editores y agentes fundamentales en el mercado estadounidense; encuentros informales con compañeros del sector, concursos y tienda online. La exposición de portfolios, revisión de manuscritos, y otras consultas individuales con profesionales se pagan aparte. MATRÍCULA EN LA WEB- Los socios de las secciones pertenecientes a países en desarrollo tienen un 50% de descuento en la matrícula. -Agenda: -Panelistas: -Encuentros informales, incluyendo el zoom en español: -Tienda online: -Informe del mercado EEUU:
  • Congrats to all the SCBWI-Wisconsin authors and illustrators who are releasing these beautiful books in August 2020!
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  •             Thank you for your interest in volunteering! We're inviting interested members to throw their hat in the ring for these positions, which are either already open or are opening in fall 2020:   Southeast Area Illustrator Rep Southwest Area Illustrator Rep Northeast Area Illustrator Rep Northwest Area Rep Newsletter Designer Membership & Listserv Coordinator   We encourage you to review our position descriptions HERE and to apply HERE. IMPORTANT! You must email co-Regional Advisors Rochelle Groskreutz and Silvia Acevedo at wisconsin-ra (at) AND assistant RA Deb Buschman at wisconsin-ara (at) (replace
  • Congrats to all the SCBWI-Wisconsin authors and illustrators who are releasing these beautiful books in spring of 2020! Please click the image below for a downloadable PDF and share widely!
  • Congrats to the SCBWI-Wisconsin authors and illustrators who are releasing these beautiful books in January 2020!    
  •   SCBWI is offering members a second series of free digital workshops during the worldwide health crisis. These events are packed with insider info from renowned children’s book creators, editors, agents, and art directors, who share their deep knowledge on the craft and business of writing and illustrating for children. More info below. Please click here to register for SCBWI Headquarters's digital workshops.   DIGITAL WORKSHOPS 2.0 LIVE EVERY THURSDAY 1:00pm-2:00pm Pacific Daylight Time. Beginning June 4, 2020   If you can’t make the live event, a full recording will be posted on the SCBWI website twenty-four hours after the workshop ends and will remain up for one month. Log in with your SCBWI member password, and participate, learn, and grow.   SCHEDULE   WORKSHOP #1 – Thursday, June 4th, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Pacific Daylight Time The World Isn't Flat: World Building for Realistic and Fantasy Stories Tracey Baptiste, Author Join author Tracey Baptiste on a deep dive into how to build a three-dimensional world in your story. This five-part lesson will help you think deeply about time, landscape, flora and fauna, characters, and culture. Suggested pre-reading assignments: Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen, Drawn Together by Minh Le, and Weslandia by Paul Fleischman.      WORKSHOP #2 – Thursday, June 11th, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Pacific Daylight Time Vashti Harrison, Author/Illustrator Character Building for Writers and Illustrators Author/illustrator Vashti Harrison dives into the art of visual storytelling in this webinar for both writers and illustrators. She’ll explore the ways writers can create text that works with illustration and guide us in the mind mapping tools and art techniques she uses in her character design process. Includes a short illustration demo.      WORKSHOP #3 – Thursday, June 18th, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Pacific Daylight Time Writing Our Lives: From the Telling Detail to the Evocative Scene Beth Kephart, Author Author Beth Kephart leads us on a journey toward ourselves and the young people we used to be. Her original photographs will help blaze the trail. So will passages from books like Brown Girl Dreaming, Inside Out & Back Again, Enchanted Air, The House on Mango Street, Fat Angie, and This Promise of Change. So will a series of prompts that will lay the foundation for meaningful journal-keeping and authentic youth-focused storytelling—whether those stories be fiction or nonfiction.      WORKSHOP #4– Thursday, June 25th, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Pacific Daylight Time   Telling Their Stories: Writing Nonfiction Picture Book Biographies from Beginning to End Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Author Lesa Cline-Ransome guides writers in crafting picture book biographies inspired by curiosity and connection, and informed by research and revision.     WORKSHOP #5 - Thursday, July 2nd, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Pacific Daylight Time Submissions Studio: Writing Queries, Strategizing Submissions, and 10 Ways to Translate “No” to “Yes!”  Deborah Halverson, Editor A webinar for writers of all children’s book categories - beginners as well as advanced writers - looking to perfect their submission package and strategy. Includes a master handout, sample query letters, and a quick-reference sheet for translating editorial feedback. Registration opens Monday, June29th, 10am PDT WORKSHOP #6 – Thursday, July 9th, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Pacific Daylight Time Straight Through the Heart: How to Make Readers Fall in Love with Your Characters  Tiff Liao, Editor, Henry Holt Character motivation is the heart of any story and informs all the other elements of your book:  voice, plot, pacing, world-building, etc. Senior editor Tiff Liao shows you how to dig deep into your character to establish a motivation that is compelling, believable, and urgently drives the story forward from page to page. Hope to see you there!

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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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