SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

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  • Welcome! We’re so glad you’ve joined us. We hope this guide will help you navigate the many resources and opportunities available to members at both a regional and international level. We hope to meet you (virtually or in person) soon!   RESOURCES TO EXPLORE   Read The Book: The Essential Guide to Publishing for Children. This must-read resource kicks off your publication journey and is regularly updated to provide you the latest news, a survey of the current children’s book market, publishers and agency directories, and more. Access the latest edition at https://www.scbwi.org/online-resources/the-book. (To access The Book, log in to scbwi.org and click on the stripes at the top right of the page to find Publications. The Book is there for download. It is a fantastic perk of membership that’s not to be missed.)   Get the FAQs. If you’re new to the world of children’s literature and publishing, you probably have a LOT of questions about how it all works. SCBWI has you covered with this excellent FAQs page: https://www.scbwi.org/online-resources/frequently-asked-questions/.   Visit our regional website. Visit SCBWI-WI’s home on the web at https://wisconsin.scbwi.org for event listings and other regional opportunities, member news, and lots of great educational resources.   Visit the international (headquarters) website. Visit scbwi.org for industry news, exclusive member opportunities, grants/scholarships, and tons of ways to connect with members around the globe. A great place to start is the “Membership Benefits” page at https://www.scbwi.org/membership-benefits-new.   Sign up for the SCBWI-WI listserv. Receive emails about ongoing events, regional updates, and member news. To join the listserv, go to https://wisconsin.scbwi.org and look for our list of regional volunteers on the left side of the page. Click the link to contact our current Listserv Coordinator via email, and ask to be added to the list.   Join a critique group. SCBWI-WI can connect you with other kidlit creators in Wisconsin by helping you join a critique group. This is by far the best way to get feedback on your work! To get started, go to https://wisconsin.scbwi.org and look for our list of regional volunteers on the left side of the page. Click the link to contact our current Critique Group Coordinator. In your message, be sure to indicate the format and genre you work in (author or illustrator, picture books, YA, traditional art, digital art, etc). If you’re interested in joining a critique group, we also recommend reading this helpful handout.    Attend a FREE digital workshop. During the pandemic, SCBWI Headquarters has offered—and continues to offer—several excellent series of digital workshops, which are free to members (but require advance registration). Find information on these events by going to  https://www.scbwi.org and exploring the subpages under the “SCBWI Digital” tab. (Recordings of past workshops are only available for a limited time, so be sure to keep an eye on those dates!)   Find a regional webinar that strikes your fancy. SCBWI chapters around the world have opened up their regional webinars to all members. Search for a webinar topic that interests you at https://www.scbwi.org/regional-webinars. Keep in mind that space is limited, since members of the host region are often given first priority during registration.   Attend a statewide event or a local get-together. We offer several high-interest state-wide events a year, and our area reps offer many smaller, oftentimes free, meet-ups in the four quadrants of the state. During the pandemic, we’re only hosting virtual events. View all upcoming events here: https://wisconsin.scbwi.org/events.   Dive into our blog and newsletter. The SCBWI-WI blog features many interviews with kidlit professionals as well as other great information and advice. Check it out at https://wisconsinscbwi.wordpress.com/. Creative Tap is our regional newsletter, which features essays by SCBWI-WI members, event information, and more. Access every issue at https://wisconsin.scbwi.org/creative-tap-archive/.   Join us on social media. Catch event listings, member news, and other chapter announcements by following us on social media: Twitter @SCBWIWisconsin Facebook: SCBWIWisconsin Instagram: SCBWIWisconsin   Review our Equity & Inclusion Resources. Don’t miss our Equity and Inclusion Resources page at https://wisconsin.scbwi.org/equity-inclusion-resources/. This page includes educational resources on diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as a collection of events, contests, book lists, and awards.   Win an award! SCBWI has many grants and awards for writers and illustrators across several categories and genres. Most are awarded annually, so review the list and find out how and when to apply here: https://www.scbwi.org/awards-and-grants-new.  
  •   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: https://www.scbwi.org/scbwi-statement-of-intent-on-equity-and-inclusion/
  • Congrats to all the SCBWI-Wisconsin authors and illustrators who are releasing these beautiful books in April 2021! 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.  
  •   Save the Date for the 2022 Marvelous Midwest SCBWI Conference - happening April 1- 3, 2022, in Davenport, Iowa! This six-region, Midwestern 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.
  •   Presenting THE BIG FIVE-OH! This year, SCBWI is turning fifty and, to celebrate, we're putting together the biggest conference in the history of the organization! 🤩   #SCBWIBigFiveOh is a celebration of children's lit's past, present, and future, and will include over fifty craft-based workshops taught by the biggest names in the industry. Here's what to expect:    🪁 130+ speakers (yup, you read that right – we've gathered over 130 of the most exciting children's book creators working today!) 🪁 50+ workshops on craft, marketing, and navigating the field of children's literature  🪁 a full day of intensives for PALs, illustrators, and pre-published creators  🪁 agent, editor, and art director panels 🪁 online Twitter socials and Zoom mingles  🪁 online showcase with over hundreds of portfolios by illustrator members   🪁 member bookstore – share up to two of your books with other conference-goers!   🪁 round table pitches to agents and editors, and...  🪁 a FREE BONUS DAY of peer critiques!    Registration opens Wednesday, 5/19, at 10am PDT/12pm CDT. Mark those calendars – you're not going to want to miss this! For more info ➡️ https://bit.ly/3boWNFT    #SCBWITurnsFifty #FiftyYearsofKidLit #KidLit #KidsBooks#KidsBookstagram #Publishing
  •   Please join us for our fourth series of no-charge webinars for members. These one-hour webinars feature in-depth talks with renown industry pros. If you're not yet an SCBWI member, these webinars alone are worth your joining! Click on the graphic or here for more details.
  • Congrats to the SCBWI-Wisconsin authors who are releasing these beautiful books in June 2021! Click the image to open a larger version, and please feel free to share in your network and on social media.
  • Congrats to the SCBWI-Wisconsin authors and illustrators who are releasing these beautiful books in fall 2021! Click HERE for a downloadable and highly shareable PDF. Or see the JPEG image below on your device. Enjoy.

Region About

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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