Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Shop Talk

Monday Shop Talk
Monday evenings

7:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Central)/6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Mountain)

After months of isolation, it’s liberating—and fun—to get together to talk kidlit, so we have created weekly Shop Talk gatherings to allow anyone who wants to participate to join the conversation. These will have a short overview of some kidlit topic, followed by time to ask questions, share your progress, and socialize.

These will continue after we are able to gather in person again; it’s a great way for all of us—no matter where we live—to be part of the community.

How they work:

(1) Log in to your SCBWI account.

(2) Go to the Shop Talk Access page and click the link during the meeting time (or enter the meeting ID and passcode) and you’re good to go. You MUST be logged in to access that page. This ensures that only members can join the meetings.

If you haven’t used Zoom before, you will want to watch this video on downloading Zoom (you need an app to join the meetings) and this one on setting up your audio and video. You do NOT need to create a Zoom account to join our Shop Talk or any other Zoom event.

Why should you attend?

They’re fun. You can get answers to your burning questions. You might learn something unexpected. It’s an escape from real life for an hour (and is late enough in the day to be happy hour, if you choose).

Not enough? Each time you attend, your name will be entered in our bi-monthly drawing for a free webinar. The more you attend, the more likely you will be to win.

Upcoming topics:

This is what we have scheduled for upcoming meetings. Have an idea for a topic you’d like us to include? Let us know!


April 19Ken Keys talks illustration

April 26 – Writing pitches for magazines

May 3 – Researching agents and editors (canceled)

May 10 – Basics of a query letter

May 17 – Researching agents and editors

May 24 – Preparing for and getting the most out of the Summer Conference


We will resume Shop Talk on August 9 with a Summer Conference recap and a book birthday.

SCBWI has a zero-tolerance policy against harassment of any kind. Any violation of this policy is actionable.