•   We’re launching our Chapter’s page and presence on Twitter @SCBWI_IL and hope you’ll be a part of the celebration!   Members are invited to join us mid-May for our first-ever Agent Twitter Chat.  During this hour-long chat event, SCBWI-IL will post 8 questions to our guest literary agents in 5-minute intervals (via scheduled Tweets) to get the conversation started!  Look for our official questions:  Agents will respond to question "Q1." with answer "A1." and so on.  The last 20 minutes will be for open discussion with our participating agents and your Illinois colleagues. Members can ask follow-up questions or make comments as time allows. Remember to tag @SCBWI_IL and include the event hashtag!   Full details, including the Agent Twitter Chat date, time, and event hashtag will be sent to members via email and the Illinois Listserv.  Illustrators, look for another Twitter Chat with illustration-focused professionals mid-June!   Our new Social Media Coordinators, Lisa Katzenberger, @FictionCity and Kym Brunner, @KymBrunner, who have been helping us to frame our online presence, will also be chatting with you and your Regional Team Members. Come celebrate by connecting and communicating with each other and our invited industry professionals!   Questions?: Message Lisa Katzenberger, @FictionCity through Twitter or via email lisakatz17@gmail.com, or message Kym Brunner @KymBrunner,kymbrunner@gmail.com or email Deborah Topolski illinois-ra2@scbwi.org    2017 Agent Twitter Chat Faculty (More agent bios to come):   Sean established Sean McCarthy Literary Agency in 2013, emphasizing a comprehensive approach in assisting clients with their literary careers. He began his publishing career as an editorial intern at Overlook Press and then moved over to the Sheldon Fogelman Agency.  He worked as the submissions coordinator and permissions manager before becoming a full-time literary agent.  Sean graduated from Macalester College with a degree in English-Creative Writing and is grateful that he no longer has to spend his winters in Minnesota. He is drawn to flawed, multifaceted characters with devastatingly concise writing in YA, and smartly paced mysteries or adventures in MG. In picture books, he looks more for unforgettable characters, off-beat humor, and especially clever endings. He is not currently interested in issue-driven stories or query letters that pose too many questions. His clients include Zachariah OHora, Hyewon Yum, Mark Fearing, Kurt Cyrus, Jamie A. Swenson, Andrea Offermann, and Judith Robbins Rose, among others. You can follow Sean on Twitter (http://twitter.com/mccarthylit) for his thoughts on publishing news, the inevitable hipsterfication of Astoria, and the Mets' starting lineup.        
  • Mark your calendars for our next PAL Pop-Ins! In Chicagoland on Saturday, May 13, 10AM-12PM: Hosted by Sallie Wolf Please RSVP Deborah Topolski illinois-ra2@scbwi.org  by May 10. In the Downstate Region on Thursday, May 18, 6:30PM: Hosted by Alice McGinty.   Please RSVP to Alice McGinty illinois-ra@scbwi.org by May 12. PAL Pop-Ins give SCBWI-IL PAL professionals an opportunity to drop–in for shop talk and chat with fellow creators on their own level. No agenda—just Pop-In for some chat in a collegial atmosphere!   Complete details sent via email to PALs.    
  • Join our all-star lineup on April 29th for a day of pitching practice and craft intensives that will help you get in the game! Registration is sold-out.  
  • Online registration begins April 7th at www.illinois.scbwi.org   
  • Sat. June 10: Downstate Illinois SCBWI-IL Illustrators, Hands-On Program: Tara McClellan, "Gelli Printmaking", 9a-Noon, Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe, 256 W. Main, Decatur, IL Representatives: Louann Brown 217-839-3264 (newlou2008@hotmail.com) Jerry Barrett 217/621-1369 (Jerry@jerrybarrettdesigns.com) Shop Talk & Critiques. Optional lunch afterward at a nearby location: QUARTERLY MEETINGS:   This Network meets at various locations throughout the mid-central area.  We maintain a Facebook page (Downstate Illinois SCBWI Illustrators) for critiques and information sharing between meetings. If you’d like to join us, send us a request via Facebook or email one of the network reps. At our meetings we typically discuss markets, critique work and share our journey. Everyone is welcome.
  • For this Postcard Initiative, we’ll focus on marketing and mailing postcards to buyers in the children’s book and media industry. With that intention, there will be 4 target dates for finished art . Finished art will be posted 4 times a year on a closed Facebook group page for all members and contributors to view. Contact Terri Murphy illinois-ic@scbwi.org for more information
  • Welcome to SCBWI-IL Jiton Sharmayme Davidson, recipient of the 2017 Diverse New Member Pathway!   Thank you to all who submitted to the 2017 DNMP! Our Illinois Networks are free and open to non-members. Find meetings near you here. We'll also be starting Diversity Committee meetings in May in Hyde Park. More on that soon. We'd love to meet you! Thank you to Crystal Chan for being our inaugural Guide and to all who helped get the word out! We can't wait to meet our new member! Welcome Jiton! Find more SCBWI-IL Diversity Initiatives here
  • Learn more about SCBWI's Books for Readers here:http://www.scbwi.org/booksforreaders/.  Thanks to our own Patricia J. Murphy for helping to spearhead this important effort!  
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