Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Upcoming Events

This is our ongoing collection of upcoming events for SCBWI members. If you have an event you think our community would be interested in, let us know by clicking here!


Omaha Createnic
August 14, 9:30 – 11:00
Come chat and create with your fellow writers and illustrators at our first Creative time/Picnic (AKA Createnic) get together. In-person, outdoor event.

Lincoln Createnic
September 18, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Come chat and create with your fellow kidlit creatives at our Lincoln Createnic. In-person, outdoor event.

The “Art” of Finding the Perfect Agent
Thursday, September 23, 2021
It’s time to take the next step in your publishing career. Learn how the “art” of finding the perfect agent is as creative a process as your storytelling. With expert advice, top-industry literary agent Saritza Hernández will cover the basics of researching, vetting, and collaborating with the agent who will best represent your work. Online webinar.

Illustrator Intensive 2021
Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, 9:30am – 5:30pm

Ready to hone your character design and visual storytelling and get a feel for what it’s like to work with an art director? Join us for an illustrators’ intensive with Mallory Grigg, Art Director at Macmillan Books for Young Readers! Virtual workshop.

2022 Marvelous Midwest SCBWI Conference!
April 1-3, 2022 Multi-region conference
Get that large SCBWI experience closer to home. Make industry connections. Gain access to acquiring editors, agents, and art directors. Find your people and make lasting relationships. Much more information to come!


Shop Talk
Mondays, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Central)/ 6:30 to 7:30 (Mountain)
Shop Talk will resume August 9th.
Join other members of our region to chat about all things kidlit! We meet weekly via Zoom to talk shop, and our conversations run the gamut. Each meeting typically has a short overview of some kidlit topic, followed by time to socialize and support each other in our journeys toward our publication goals. Shop Talk is a great way to get to know other kidlit creatives!

Writing from the Inside Out Workshops and Retreats
Annual Workshop and Retreat Series
Ready to dig in to writing a new book (or two or three)? This workshop and retreat series is for you! Writing from the Inside Out workshops and retreats are a two-part series (virtual workshop and in-person retreat) designed to help you create the best stories you can, then polish your submission package and get your work to interested agents. The next workshop will focus on picture books.

Writing from the Inside Out Picture Book Workshop
Begins July 10, 2021 Nine-month virtual workshop
Want to write a picture book but not sure where to start? Unsure how to think in pictures while writing your text? Have lots of ideas but not sure which ones will work best? In this virtual workshop, you will dive deep into picture book writing and learn to create them from the inside out. Includes exclusive submission opportunities and culminates with optional retreat with agent Jennifer March Soloway.


Regional Webinars
SCBWI members can take webinars offered by regions around the world. This is a list of upcoming virtual events on offer by various regions.