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!


Indi-500 (word) Challenge!
We’re kicking off 2022 with our second annual Indi-500 (word) Challenge! And this year we have TWO contests: one for writers and one for illustrators. This is an SCBWI Nebraska members-only race to finish a 500-word story or create an illustration in 48 hours.

Meet & Pitch
We’re excited to present Meet & Pitch, a new series of Zoom events designed to give our members the chance to get some face time with notable agents and editors. This series is a collaboration between five small SCBWI regions – Alaska, Nebraska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Brazos Valley, TX. Each Zoom session will include a presentation about the agency or publisher, an overview of their manuscript wishlist, dos and don’ts for submission, Q&A, and live pitches/first looks.

True Tales— The Story of Yuko Shimizu
Thursday Mar 3, 2022, 7:30 – 9pm CST Webinar
Join us as Yuko Shimizu shares her journey in developing poignant visual story-telling. A multi-award-winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City, Yuko Shimizu is an instructor at The School of Visual Arts and has almost 20 years of experience illustrating. Shimizu is a two-time Hugo Award nominee and was recently awarded the Caldecott Honor.

2022 Marvelous Midwest SCBWI Conference!
Postponed – watch for details 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)
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 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 Virtual Events
SCBWI members can take webinars offered by regions around the world. This is a list of upcoming virtual events on offer by various regions.