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!


Portfolio Review Webinar with Deborah Warren
Thursday, June 17, 2021 Deborah Warren from East–West Literary, will lead a webinar to highlight the most important qualities she seeks in a portfolio, cover how each illustrator’s art aligns with children’s publishing marketability, and share her vision as an artists’ and authors’ representative. Plus, illustrators and author/illustrators can sign up for a written portfolio critique from Deborah.

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.

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.

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)

We are currently taking a summer break. 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.


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.