• On November 4th, Prairie Writer's and Illustrator's Day opens doors to children's publishing--registration begins August 26th at 12 noon!
  • SCBWI-IL Promotional Booth teams are making plans to WOW Illinois teachers and school librarians at  Illinois Reading Conference Oct. 5-7 in Peoria Illinois School Library Media Association Conference Oct. 19-21 in Springfield     SCBWI-IL plans to showcase a display of our recently published (2015-2017) PAL books. In addition we will bundle and hand out posters, flyers, postcards or brochures you have to promote your books and your school/library visits/skypes. We accept promo materials from any PAL published authors/illustrators, not just the most recently published.  A few authors cleverly promote themselves by offering free skype visits, a toy that relates to their book, etc.   How can YOU make sure your book/promo materials are  included?  CLICK HERE for ALL the information on a PDF. Materials must be RECEIVED BY September 27th.  Contact Louann Brown NOW with any questions.          
  • Enjoy international SCBWI programming from the comfort of your own home with SCBWI Webinars
  • Read the current issue of the Prairie Wind, the newsletter of SCBWI-Illinois.
  • SCBWI-IL will post a list of new/existing open critique groups AND individuals looking for a critique group on our updated Critique Groups Page this fall. Advertising on this page is a member benefit, but you may contact one of these groups to join in, even if you are not-yet-a-member! Don’t forget: if you’re attending 2017 PWID, members and not-yet-members are invited to the Critique Groups Social at lunch to meet up with other attendees that want to form or fill a critique group! Please note: If you are currently listed on the webpage and want it to be listed again, you must email your particulars. We will only include those that respond to this call by October 15. Instructions for New/Existing Open (those that need more members) Critique Groups: Please email Deborah Topolski with the following information by October 15: Group contacts (SCBWI Members), please include in your response: ·           Critique group contact person & email address or note to contact via SCBWI Messaging ·           Critique group name (if applicable) ·           Acceptable genres, formats, writing, illustration, etc. ·           Meeting regularity (e.g.: once monthly set at previous meeting, third Saturday, variable) ·           Meeting location (city only, please) and time or online. ·           Any additional critique member requirements ·           Trial Period (if applicable) Instructions for Individual SCBWI Members looking for a Critique Group: Please email Deborah Topolski with the following information by October 15: Members, please include in your response: ·           Name & email address or note to contact via SCBWI Messaging ·           Type of critique group and format/genres preferred (e.g.: writing and pb/non-fiction) ·           location preferred (e.g. Quad Cities area) or online Questions?: Deborah Topolski  
  • 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!
  • 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

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