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  • SCBWI-IL PUBLISHED MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES – OMA AWARD + JULY IS CELEBRATE SELF-PUBLISHED MONTH!  —NEW! Access to The Alliance of Independent Author’s Watchdog Desk Ratings Database. SCBWI is now an Organizational Member of ALLi. Their Watchdog Desk keeps an eye out for scammers and their ratings database flags the rip-offs and points out the valuable and worth-the-money providers. You also get: ——ALLI’s Quarterly Member Magazine about Self-Publishing.  ——A new guide on Self-Publishing a Children’s Book (available this Fall).  —New SCBWI grants for authors and illustrators who self-publish. SCBWI is expanding its Book Launch Grant to include two new $2500 grants and  launching a third $2500 Pre-Production Grant for a member who would like to self-publish but needs help offsetting the costs.  —SCBWI’s JULY Recommended Reading List focuses on Self-Published books. — NEW! APPLY for the OMA AWARD — JULY: #ReadLocalILLINOIS Blog — JULY Ambassadors  Jennifer Wagh, Sarah Aronson, Deb Aronson, Eileen Meyer & Natalie Rompella boost Read Local PALs using the hashtag #ReadLocalILLINOIS —Congratulations to all our Illinois members celebrating a JULY book birthday!   #ReadLocalILLINOIS – SCBWI-IL 2021-22 FALL POSTER + #ReadALOUDIllinois! If you have a NEW PAL book or have NEVER been a #ReadLocalILLINOIS PAL, log into and sign up or ADD your new books today! —You and all your latest books will be featured in our ONLINE CATALOGUE —You and your books will be boosted by our AMBASSADORS, like me--#ReadLocalILLINOIS! —You may promote yourself as a contributor to our monthly BLOG —You’ll be part of our FALL 2021 POSTER sent to schools and libraries in August. —You can be a part of #ReadALOUDIllinois Day on September 17! —Log into and sign up today!    SCBWI-IL SUMMER CONFERENCE 2021 – REGION SOCIAL WITH PALs SARAH ARONSON, COZBI CABRERA & ALICE McGINTY! —Registration is OPEN for the SCBWI Summer Conference! —July 30: SCBWI-IL Region Social for the Big Five-OH! Summer Conference. Invitations will be sent to registered #LA21SCBWI attendees next week! —Not attending? Keep up-to-date with news from the CONFERENCE BLOG!   SCBWI-IL FREE DIGITAL WORKSHOPS 2021 – WATCH THE ARCHIVE Welcome to the SCBWI video archive page! Here, you’ll find recordings for all of our digital programming, including Digital Workshops 4.0 and SCBWI Celebrates #OwnVoices.       SCBWI-IL PRAIRIE WIND – CATCH UP WITH YOUR ILLINOIS COMMUNITY —Read THE PRAIRIE WIND —DON’T MISS: Voices of Change, Illustrator in the Spotlight, Worldbuilding in YA, Season’s Crop—AND MORE! —Want to be a contributor?  Email Amy Alznauer   Looking for MORE upcoming SCBWI events & opportunities? Check out our JULY CALENDAR and beyond: JULY 1 — Ambassador Jenny Wagh will boost Read Local PALs using the hashtag #ReadLocalILLINOIS —Prompt for DRAW THIS! in the INSIGHT. Share with the hashtag #SCBWIDrawThis. — NEW! APPLY for the OMA AWARD JULY 4 — Ambassador Sarah Aronson will boost Read Local PALs using the hashtag #ReadLocalILLINOIS JULY 5 — Springfield Scribes host Evaluating Critical Feedback on Your Book. Contact Debra Daugherty for Zoom link. JULY 8 —Chicago’s Southland Network; Contact Jim Danielson for Zoom Link JULY 11 — Ambassador Deb Aronson will boost Read Local PALs using the hashtag #ReadLocalILLINOIS JULY 14 — Edwardsville Network; Contact Juli Caveny JULY 15 —New #ReadLocalILLINOIS Blog — SCBWI-IL 2021-22 FALL POSTER sign up deadline. Log into and sign up today! JULY 18 — Ambassador Eileen Meyer will boost Read Local PALs using the hashtag #ReadLocalILLINOIS JULY 21 — DeKalb Area Network; Contact Sarah Tobias — Fairview Heights Network; Contact Katie Otey  JULY 24 —Galena/Freeport Area Network Email Jamie Petras for Zoom link JULY 25 — Ambassador Natalie Rompella will boost Read Local PALs using the hashtag #ReadLocalILLINOIS JULY 27 —Geneva Network; Email Janet Riehecky JULY 30 —SCBWI-IL Region Social for the Big Five-OH! Summer Conference.
  •     WATCH WITH US Friday, July 30 at 1PM CDT   You're invited to an exclusive Big Five-OH! watch party for our Illinois #LA21SCBWI attendees! Registered for the Big Five-OH!? Then join fellow conference attendees and your Illinois Regional Team members to celebrate our Illinois faculty members Sarah Aronson, Cozbi Cabrera and Alice McGinty! Play our Illinois Trivia Contest to get to know them and everyone from Illinois going to the conference. Then, together we'll watch An Iconic Interview: KWAME ALEXANDER INTERVIEWS NIKKI GIOVANNI. This is a great way to connect with colleagues!   Attendees have received an invitation with all the information under separate cover.  Didn't get yours? Email Deborah Topolski   JOIN SOCIAL MEDIA EXCHANGE BY JULY 23rd PLAY ILLINOIS ICEBREAKER TRIVIA WEAR GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY GLAM Hosted by Your Illinois Regional Team Debbie, Jen, Cedric & Deb A QUESTIONS? Email Deborah Topolski   MEET OUR ILLINOIS FACULTY Be Illinois-proud as Sarah Aronson, Cozbi Cabrera and Alice McGinty give their presentations! Meet our Illinois faculty at our lunch social!  Mark your conference calendars for these
  • SCBWI-IL Networks provide free, drop-in programming monthly in a city or town near you.  Writing, illustrating and diversity netwotks arr open to both members and non-members. They focus on the craft and business of children's storytelling. Come and see what our creative community is all about!


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