Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Hot Topics

There’s so much to know about the children’s publishing industry that we have decided to create Hot Topic Events to take them on, one by one.

Each Hot Topic will feature one area of kidlit for discussion. Experienced authors and illustrators–we need you there to lend your insight! New authors and illustrators–this is a terrific opportunity to listen, ask questions, and get a better handle on various facets of the children’s publishing landscape. See below for a list of upcoming Hot Topic events.

Have a topic you want to discuss but don’t see it listed? Want to host a Hot Topic Social in your city or town? Let us know! We want to move these around the state, and we need your help to make that happen. You don’t have to be an expert on a topic to host, just curious to know more and willing to lead a discussion.


campfire with Hot Topic Socials header

March 29 – cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

April 26Diversity in Kidlit (Zoom online)

May 31 – Connectivity through Social Media (Zoom online)

August 30 – Themes and Structures in Picture Books (online or Omaha, TBD)

September 27 – Agents: Do you need one? (Lincoln)

October 25 – Best of the best: Craft Writing Books (Fremont)

November 22 –  Indie authors: What does it mean to self publish? (location TBD)