Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Shop Talk

Shop Talk
First Wednesday of the month from September through May

7:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Central) / 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Mountain)

Join us for our monthly Shop Talk gatherings! Each meeting has a short overview of some kidlit topic, followed by exercises and other interactive activities to get the creative juices flowing.

These take place virtually, so that all of us—no matter where we live—can 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 just before 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.


Upcoming dates/topics:

September 7 – Why you need a website

September 28* (moved up a week due to Yom Kippur) – Contests and other website content

November 2

December 7

January 4

February 1

March 1 – Using enneagrams to flesh out your characters

March 29* (moved up a week due to Passover) – The big “R”: Revision

May 3 – Researching agents

May 31* (moved up a week due to summer break) – TBD


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

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