SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  •     SCBWI-IL MANY VOICES WIP MENTORSHIP –  CELEBRATE ALLIE ERGANG & CHRISTINA LEONG — Congratulations Allie & Christina! You will be working on your winning ms, WILLOW’S NEW WORLD with mentor Jan Spivey Gilchrist! — Alina Celeste Hevia, team steward of the prize, says,” This mentorship opportunity was a dream of the Equity and Inclusion Team made real…Together, we hope to facilitate a change in the overall landscape of our industry by helping storytellers who are creating characters as wonderfully unique and diverse as the children they will one day reflect and delight..” —Thanks to all the applicants and all our members who support the Many Voices Work-In-Progress Mentorship with their Illinois event fees! Many thanks to our anonymous member benefactor who additionally supports the new mentorship!  SCBWI-IL COACHING CHATS + CRITIQUE SERIES – ANOTHER GAME-CHANGER BEGINS MAY 17! — Didn’t get in to our popular pitch event? NO PROBLEM! — Register for our SCBWI-IL COACHING CHATS + CRITIQUE SERIES      Watch recorded Pitch N’ Stitch AGENT & EDITOR COACHING CHATS      Post-event Critiques Available! $55 —Complete webinar information here.  Register through May 16 for $25!   SCBWI-IL NETWORK FREE PROGRAMS – POETRY WITH MICHELE SCHAUB & CAREER WITH JEN WARD — Register for these FREE, upcoming programs hosted by SCBWI-IL Network Reps!      Oak Park Network :The Ins, Outs & All About Writing with a Passion & Sustaining Your Career      Springfield Network: Poetry Magic: Exploring the Children’s Poetry Market — 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 soon! — Questions about Networks? Email Deb Aronson SCBWI DIGITAL WORKSHOP 4.0 – PICTURE BOOKS WITH ILLINOIS’ JACQUELINE ALCÁNTARA MAY 13! —SCBWI is hosting it’s free Digital Workshops 4.0 —Support Jacqueline Alcántara at her event May 13, 3 PM CST —Registration begins May 10 —Find all the free member workshops her PUBLISHED MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES – ANNOUNCING #ReadALOUDIllinois SEPTEMBER 17 —All #ReadLocalILLINOIS PALs are invited to participate! —New 2021-22 Poster! —JOIN #ReadLocalILLINOIS or UPLOAD your new NEW PAL book today! —MAY 15: Read Alice McGinty’s #ReadLocalILLINOIS Blog — Ambassadors Sarah Aronson, Karla Clark, Michelle Schaub, Malayna Evans & Cozbi Cabrera boost Read Local PALs using the hashtag #ReadLocalILLINOIS —Have a SPRING 2021 title?  #SCBWI_ILaunch your book on our YouTube Channel; Email Co-RA Jen Wagh to plan your party! —Congratulations to all our Illinois members celebrating a MAY book birthday!   MONTHLY MONDAY NIGHT CHATS – NYT BESTSELLER NANCY WERLIN MAY 24 AT 5:30PM CST —National Book Award finalist, Edgar Award winner, and NYT bestselling author! —Join Sarah Aronson as she hosts novelist Nancy Werlin, discussing her journey to her new book, Zoe Rosenthal Is Not Lawful Good —Visit Nancy’s webpage —Zoom links and information here   Looking for MORE upcoming SCBWI events & opportunities? Check out our MAY CALENDAR and beyond: MAY 1 —SCBWI-IL Coaching Chats + Critique Series Registration OPEN — Register for Poetry Magic with Michelle Schaub — Register for The Ins, Outs & All About Writing with a Passion & Sustaining Your Career —Crystal Kite Award Voting Open —Prompt for DRAW THIS! is MOVING DAY. Share with the hashtag #SCBWIDrawThis. MAY 2 — Ambassador Sarah Aronson will boost Read Local PALs using the hashtag #ReadLocalILLINOIS MAY 3 —Springfield Network: Poetry Magic: Exploring the Children’s Poetry Market with Michelle Schaub —Rockford Network Spring 2021 Zoom Writing Craft Book Series; contact Karin Blaski MAY 5 — SCBWI-IL Virtual Book Launch Party 3:30PM —Far North Suburban Network End of Year Reading; Contact Kim Oclon  —Geneva Network; Email Janet Riehecky MAY 8 — C-A Illustrator’s Network: Illustrator’s Round Table; Contact Rich Green for Zoom link MAY 9 — Ambassador Michelle Schaub will boost Read Local PALs using the hashtag #ReadLocalILLINOIS MAY 10 —Register for Transforming a Picture Book MS into a Visual Narrative with Jacqueline Alcántara MAY 12 — SCBWI-IL Virtual Book Launch Party 3:30PM — North Suburban Network; To reach out and get the zoom link, contact Ilana Ostrar — Edwardsville Network; Contact Juli Caveny — Dundee Area Network Critique Night; Contact Jennifer Wagh  MAY 13 —Oak Park Network: The Ins, Outs & All About Writing with a Passion & Sustaining Your Career with Jen Ward —Chicago’s Southland Network; Contact Jim Danielson for Zoom Link —Transforming a Picture Book MS into a Visual Narrative with Jacqueline Alcántara MAY 14 —SCBWI-IL PITCH N’ STITCH May 14-15 MAY 15 —Read Alice McGinty’s #ReadLocalILLINOIS Blog MAY 16 — Ambassador Karla Clark will boost Read Local PALs using the hashtag #ReadLocalILLINOIS MAY 17 —SCBWI-IL Coaching Chats + Critique Series Begins MAY 19 — SCBWI-IL Virtual Book Launch Party 3:30PM — DeKalb Area Network; Contact Sarah Tobias — Fairview Heights Network; Contact Katie Otey  MAY 20 —SCBWI Celebrates Asian Voices MAY 23 — Ambassador Malayna Evans will boost Read Local PALs using the hashtag #ReadLocalILLINOIS MAY 24 —MONTHLY MONDAY CHAT with Sarah Aronson MAY 25 —Geneva Network; Email Janet Riehecky MAY 26 — SCBWI-IL Virtual Book Launch Party 3:30PM MAY 30 — Ambassador Cozbi Cabrera will boost Read Local PALs using the hashtag #ReadLocalILLINOIS
  • https://illinois.scbwi.org/events/scbwi-il-coaching-chats-critique-series/
  • https://illinois.scbwi.org/events/scbwi-il-pitch-n-stitch/
  • https://illinois.scbwi.org/events/scbwi-il-oak-park-network-hosts-jennifer-ward/
  • https://illinois.scbwi.org/scbwi-il-2020-virtual-book-launch-parties/
  •   #KidLit Lovers Invited Monthly Last Monday Nights  5:30 PM CST Online     UPCOMING SCHEDULE THESE ZOOM MEETINGS ARE NOT RECORDED.  Please attend to be
  • https://illinois.scbwi.org/scbwi-il-mentorships/mentorship-2021/
  • 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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