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:
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.