Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  •   IL REGIONAL TEAM — SO LONG, CEDRIC, AND THANKS! —With gratitude and sadness we announce the departure of our own Illustrator Coordinator, Cedric Gliane. —We appreciate Cedric’s leadership strides, creating  amazing event and promotional websites, Regional image design, and for overseeing the launch of the SCBW-Illinois Illustrator Mentorship! —We also celebrate his past service as designer for the Prairie Wind, founding member of our original Equity & Inclusion Team & longstanding Prairie Writers' & Illustrators' Day planner. —His camaraderie, good humor and tech hacks got us through the worst of the pandemic with a smile! — Cedric, we’ll recognize your influence in every Regional success going forward.<sniff> — Email Cedric your thanks here for his years of service! —Please consider applying for Illustrator Coordinator!  More information will be emailed to all members on October 15. 6PM TONIGHT — SCBWI-ILLINOIS INTERACTIVE CRAFT IN THE REAL WORLD with MATTHEW SALESSES —REGISTER NOW: MATTHEW SALESSES: CRAFT IN THE REAL WORLD $30 — Keynote PLUS conversation and written feedback with Sherri Duskey Rinker, Candace Fleming, Patricia Toht, Keri Graf & Shirin Shamsi — “…How can we rethink craft, and the teaching of it, to better reach writers with diverse backgrounds? How can we invite diverse storytelling traditions into literary spaces?” Penguin Random House — Anyone in a critique group or serious about storyteller equity should attend! —If you attend only ONE Regional event this year, this should be it! —UNLIMITED RECORDED VIEWING THROUH OCTOBER 3: MATTHEW SALESSES: CRAFT IN THE REAL WORLD #SCBWIArtober — 31 DAYS OF PROMPTS  Join the SCBWI Illustration Community in October for 31 days of illustration prompts under the hashtag #ScbwiArtober! Each day will feature a prompt to inspire your daily practice. Post the art when you can or post it daily with the #ScbwiArtober hashtag. The main goal is to develop a daily practice of creating new art. HERE ARE THE RULES: — This is not about perfection. The goal is to develop a daily practice. —We encourage you to try new media. —Share you work on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #ScbwiArtober. —Go to the hashtag to see inspiration and cheer on other SCBWI Illustrators. — Play and have fun each day!     Looking for MORE upcoming SCBWI events & opportunities? Check out our OCTOBER CALENDAR and beyond: OCTOBER 1 —SCBWI-Illinois Interactive Fall Program: MATTHEW SALESSES: CRAFT IN THE REAL WORLD — #SCBWIArtober —SCBWI Self-Publishing Grants — 2022 Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards SUBMISSIONS OPEN —SCBWI On-the-Verge Emerging Voices OPEN — Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Grant Submissions Open — Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award SUBMISSIONS OPEN —Check out FALL 2021 NETWORKS OCTOBER 4 — Springfield Area Network presents Analyzing Published Works; Email Debra Daugherty  for Zoom link OCTOBER 6 — Geneva Network; Email Janet Riehecky OCTOBER 13 — North Suburban Network: Using Libraries to Find Your Readers Click for Zoom Link Passcode: 743045 — Dundee Network will be joining NSN, above! — Central Illinois Network Hosts Cozbi Cabrera: Registration link click here — Edwardsville Network; Contact Juli Caveny OCTOBER 14 — Oak Park Network Critique Night: Join Zoom Meeting OCTOBER 15 —#ReadLocalILLINOIS Blog — SCBWI OMA Open OCTOBER 18 — SCBWI BookStop: BookStop FAQ page. OCTOBER 20 — Fairview Heights Network; Contact Katie Otey  OCTOBER 21 —SCBWI Free Digital Workshops OCTOBER 23 —Galena/Freeport Area Network; Email Jamie Petras for Zoom link OCTOBER 26 —Geneva Network; Email Janet Riehecky  
  • 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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