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  •     SCBWI-IL MANY VOICES WIP MENTORSHIP –  OPEN APRIL 1 THROUGH APRIL 11 — The Many Voices Work-In-Progress Mentorship recognizes exemplary work-in-progress from SCBWI-Illinois’ diverse and underrepresented creators. The mentorship winner receives a six month mentorship with Jan Spivey Gilchrist. — Jan says,” Giving to others is a philosophy of my life. The feeling resulting from it is unexplainable…I have been a mentor and a teacher my entire life.” —Thanks to all our members who support this membership with their Illinois event fees! Many thanks to our anonymous member benefactor who partially supports the new mentorship! — All the details are here. Apply today! SCBWI-IL PITCH N’ STITCH – HOME RUN OF AN EVENT MAY 14-15! — PITCH your work-in-progress N’ STITCH together feedback! — Tailor-make your customizable event: ONLY 50 ATTENDEES — Coaching Chats, Pitch Sessions, MS Pitch Contest, Dummy Viewing, Post-event Critiques & Post-event Submission Opportunities — Confirmed faculty includes: Joy Triche (Publisher, Tiger Stripe Publishing), Dan Cramer (Associate Agent, Flannery Literary). Feather Flores (Asst. Editor, Candlewick), Mabel Hsu (Editor, Katherine Tegen Books), Joanna MacKenzie (Agent, Nelson Literary). —Complete event information here.  Register April 16!   SCBWI-IL NETWORK PROGRAMS – WORLD BUILDING WITH KAT FALLS 4.17 & POETRY OPPORTUNITIES WITH MICHELE SCHAUB 5.3 — Register for world-building with Kat Falls — Register for Poetry Magic with Michelle Schaub — LIVE EVENT is free and open to all to encourage community & outreach. — Pre-purchase an event recording for a one-time convenience fee for unlimited viewings for a month! Recording fees support our Networks. — Forgot to register?  Click to purchase the recording on our SCBWI-IL Recordings On Demand page coming this month! — Questions about Networks? Email Deb Aronson   PUBLISHED MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES – VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH PARTIES ARE BACK! —Have a SPRING 2021 title?  Launch your book with SCBWI-IL on our YouTube Channel —Guests will go to our new Virtual Book Launch Party webpage to join the party—no guest registration required. —We’ll be promoting these parties to teachers and librarians via socials, as well as asking you to pitch them to educators and parents on #SCBWIConnects and to book lovers on SCBWInvite. —Guests will have an opportunity to purchase you book and to support your favorite independent bookstore too! —Email Co-RA Jen Wagh to plan your party! —APRIL 07: Celebrate Michelle Schaub’s Kindness is a Kite String —APRIL 15: Read Liesl Shurtliff’s #ReadLocalILLINOIS Blog —Congratulations to all our Illinois members celebrating an APRIL book birthday!    MONTHLY MONDAY NIGHT CHATS – THE SHOW IS BACK THE LAST MONDAY AT 5:30PM CST —Thanks to Sarah Aronson for hosting Ruth Spiro, Mary Winn Heider, Lisa Katzenberger, Jacqueline Alcántara and Karla Clark on Monday night! —Join us on the LAST MONDAY of the month at 5:30PM CST—no registration required. —Zoom link and upcoming show information is here! Everyone invited on APRIL 26!   SCBWI WORK-IN-PROGRESS AWARDS –  OPEN THROUGH APRIL 15 — The SCBWI Work-In-Progress (WIP) Awards assist member writers, illustrators, and translators in the publication of a specific project currently not under contract. — The Work-in-Progress Awards showcase outstanding manuscripts in 7 categories: Picture Book Text; Chapter Books/Early Readers; Middle Grade; Young Adult Fiction; Nonfiction (Anna Cross Giblin Nonfiction Award); Multicultural Fiction or Nonfiction; Translation — APPLY TODAY    SCBWI CRYSTAL KITE MEMBER CHOICE AWARDS –  VOTING OPEN! —The annual Crystal Kite Award is a peer-given award to recognize great books from 15 SCBWI regional divisions around the world. —Last year, our Mid-West Division winner was Sarah Aronson! —To cast your vote, log on to Once you are on your MEMBER HOME page, go to the left navigation bar, scroll to the bottom and click on Vote in the Crystal Kite Awards. That takes you right to the voting page where all of the books in your division appear! —Then click the VOTE FOR THIS BOOK button below your chosen book and you are done!   Looking for MORE upcoming SCBWI events & opportunities? Check out our APRIL CALENDAR and beyond: APRIL 1 —SCBWI-IL Many Voices WIP Mentorship Application begins. —Crystal Kite Award Voting Open —SCBWI Work-in-Progress Awards Open —Prompt for DRAW THIS! in the INSIGHT. Share with the hashtag #SCBWIDrawThis. —SCBWI Volemos Scholarship OPEN APRIL 4 — Ambassador Amy Alznauer  will boost Read Local PALs using the hashtag #ReadLocalILLINOIS April 5 — Springfield Scribes Host How To Promote Your Book APRIL 6 — Rockford Network Hosts Spring 2021 Zoom Writing Craft Book Series. Contact Karen Blaski APRIL 7 — SCBWI-IL Virtual Book Launch Party 3:30PM: Celebrate Michelle Schaub’s Kindness is a Kite String —Far North Suburban Network Writing resources Virtual Potluck; Contact Kim Oclon  —Geneva Network; Email Janet Riehecky APRIL 8 —Oak Park Network; Join Online Network APRIL 9 — Register for Poetry Magic with Michelle Schaub APRIL 11 —SCBWI-IL Many Voices WIP Mentorship Application CLOSES — Ambassador Alice McGinty will boost Read Local PALs using the hashtag #ReadLocalILLINOIS APRIL 14 — SCBWI-IL Virtual Book Launch Party 3:30PM: Celebrate Karla Clark’s  You Be Mommy & You Be Daddy —Edwardsville Network; Contact Juli Caveny —Dundee Area Network Critique Night; Contact Jennifer Wagh  APRIL 15 —Agent Samantha Fabien Announces the Many Voices Prize Winner!  Diverse New Member Announced! —SCBWI-IL REAL LOCAL Blog featuring Liesel Shurtliff —SCBWI Work-in-Progress Awards CLOSE —Chicago’s Southland Network; Zoom link: Jim Danielson  APRIL 16 —Registration Opens for SCBWI-IL PITCH N’ STITCH May 14-15 APRIL 17 —Bolingbrook-Naperville Network with Kat Falls 10AM CST APRIL 18 — Ambassador Louann Brown will boost Read Local PALs using the hashtag #ReadLocalILLINOIS APRIL 21 — SCBWI-IL Virtual Book Launch Party 3:30PM: Celebrate Amanda Cleary Eastep’s Jack Vs the Tornado — North Suburban Network hosts Bennet Dixon, The Truth About Self Publishing (It's not as hard as you think!) Click to attend Zoom Meeting — DeKalb Area Network; Contact Sarah Tobias — Fairview Heights Network; Contact Katie Otey  APRIL 24 —Freeport/Rockford Area Network; Contact Leone Anderson APRIL 25 — Ambassador Keir Graff will boost Read Local PALs using the hashtag #ReadLocalILLINOIS APRIL 26 —MONTHLY MONDAY CHAT with Sarah Aronson —Deadline for SCBWI MAY Book Birthdays. Send this information to APRIL 27 —Geneva Network; Email Janet Riehecky APRIL 28 — SCBWI-IL Virtual Book Launch Party 3:30PM: Celebrate Mary Bonnet’s The Adventures of Cleaver and Whizjam On The Isle of Oogle APRIL 30 —SCBWI Volemos Scholarship closes —Registration Opens for SCBWI-IL PITCH N’ STITCH May 14-15
  •   All SCBWI-Illinois Members Invited Monthly on Monday Nights  5:30 PM CST Online Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 899 8383 3649 Passcode: 501646 UPCOMING SCHEDULE THESE ZOOM MEETINGS ARE NOT RECORDED.  Please attend to be
  • 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!
  • Apply for the SCBWI-IL Many Voices WIP Mentorship with Jan Spivey Glichrist April 1-11, 2021


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