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! (NOTE: If you are not a member, do not use this link; SCBWI has a non-solicitation policy.)


Writing Without a Trace: Scaffolding cool facts into your fictional story
March 20, 2021
 Online webinar

Whether you prefer to stick to an outline or you’re a seat-of-the-pants writer, tackling a novel can require a mixture of plotting, research, inspiration, and divine intervention. Join us as Pat Cummings, author/illustrator of over forty books for young readers, covers how to interweave factual research into engaging middle grade fiction. Pat will also touch on how she integrated genealogy into her writing process for her debut MG novel “Trace” and offer advice on best practices for a large writing project, complete with cautionary tales of what not to do (learned the hard way).

Ready, Set, Critique!
April 16-18, 2021 Face-to-face critiques via Zoom
Ready, Set, Critique! is an opportunity for you to have your work critiqued by an industry professional. We are recruiting agents, editors, and art directors ready to give you feedback on your work. A list of faculty will be available soon, so keep checking back! You will have a 15-minute face-to-face meeting with your critiquer; time slots will be determined at registration.


Shop Talk
Mondays, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Central)/ 6:30 to 7:30 (Mountain)
During a recent Zoom meeting, the Advisory Board rediscovered the joy of talking kidlit. After weeks of isolation, it was liberating—and fun—to get together to chat, and we want that for all of our members, as well. So we have created weekly Shop Talk gatherings to allow anyone who wants to participate to join the conversation. These typically have a short overview of some kidlit topic, followed by time to socialize.

Writing from the Inside Out Virtual Workshops and Retreats
The next workshop begins in June
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 designed to help you create the best stories you can, then polish your submission package and get your work to interested agents.


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.