Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  • Feeling burned out? Zoomed out? Join us in beautiful, historic Elsah, just 45 minutes from St. Louis. This downstate Illinois retreat will feature in-person consults with industry professionals, quiet writing time, guided creativity exercises, sessions on how to create a media kit and author bio, good food, camaraderie and the spectacular river views. For conference comfort, attendees will choose and book their own lodging. If you are considering attending, we recommend you book a room soon. This summer tourist destination is in high demand but many bed & breakfasts and hotels are nearby. Most meals are included in the attendance fee. The event will be especially useful for people who have a complete PB manuscript or a well-developed MG or YA novel. Full details May 25.  Registration begins May 28. Questions? Email Deb Aronson, ARA-IL
  • Keep your goals on track with POWER HOUR! Join Illinois' Network and Regional Volunteers weekly. Work on your own project for 60 minutes silently, in community, to stay accountable and keep motivated with fellow members that share a common goal. Stay a few minutes after, if you like, to chat and share successes of the hour or ask questions of your Regional Volunteer Hosts!     May 9 with host Remi Kathawa Regional POWER HOUR  May 16 with host Lizzie Cooke Regional POWER HOUR  May 23 with host Diane O'Neill Regional POWER HOUR  Want to become a SCBWI-IL Volunteer? Click for current needs & to reach out to your Regional Team for more opportunities.
  • Congratulations to 2022 winner, Karen Su! Watch Charlotte Wenger’s Announcement HERE on our SCBWI-IL YouTube Channel
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  • 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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