Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  • SMALL PRESS, BIG DECISION Small traditional presses provide opportunities as well as certain limitations. Carmela Martino will discuss small PAL publishers and the varied quality of their editorial involvement, cover design, and marketing. Carmela will also share insights from authors she interviewed for the 2018 Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market article, “Working with Small Presses”. Presentation will allow time for Q & A. Carmela Martino is an author and writing teacher with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. She is the author of two award-winning novels: ROSA, SOLA (Candlewick Press) and PLAYING BY HEART (Vinspire Publishing). Carmela’s articles, short stories, and poems have been published in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies. For more, see Join Chicago's Southland Network Zoom Meeting HERE on 1/27 at 7PM. Illinois Networks are FREE and open to both members and non-members.A recording will be made available on our Recordings BY REQUEST page beginning February 1.
  • Keep your resolution with POWER HOUR! Join Illinois' Network and Regional Volunteers weekly. Work on your own current project for 60 minutes to stay accountable and keep motivated with your Illinois community. Stay a few minutes after, if you like, to chat or ask questions of your Regional Volunteer Hosts! JANUARY 17 Regional POWER HOUR with host Deborah Topolski, Co-RA JANUARY 24 Regional POWER HOUR with host Liz Searle, Northwest Suburban Network Co-Rep JANUARY 31 Regional POWER HOUR with host Anny Rusk, North Suburban Network Co-Rep Want to become a SCBWI-IL Volunteer? Click for current needs & to reach out to your Regional Team for more opportunities.
  • 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!
  •   An in-Person 20th Annual Anderson's Children’s Literature Breakfast is back and #ReadLocalILLINOIS will be there!   Here is some information for storytellers: Due to covid restrictions, they are rolling out invitations to local authors/illustrators/translators very slowly. (In other words, please don't be alarmed if you haven't yet received your invitation.) They can also invite fewer of us since they want to make room for as many educators and librarians as will be safe to include. This was not an easy decision for them! Want to attend no matter what? Buy tickets HERE.   Here is Illinois’ plan: As a group, we will be making swag bags for 400 educators to promote you. We ask you to plan to donate at least an hour or two to help pack swag bags the week of February 14 (exact date to be provided). Boxed lunches will be offered in a safe environment. Cannot pack due to work or distance? Ask Sarah how you can help. We invite all of you--whether you are coming to the breakfast or not--to send us swag! Both PAL & independently published invited. NOTE: PALs, if you send us 500 pieces, we promise to distribute the extra at IRC in March. (Sarah Aronson has officially distributed ALL the swag from past years!) This is a community effort to boost & support one another. Thanks for taking the time and money to create beautiful swag to send it to us. It does not happen without YOU!   DIRECTIONS: ONE design per writer/illustrator. Your swag should fit in a zipped plastic bag. Your swag can be: A book mark A postcard A flyer OR A drawing.    Mail your items beginning in JANUARY to our packing site: MUST BE RECEIVED BY FEBRUARY 5 Jenny Wagh  19 Plum Ct Sleepy Hollow IL 60118 Join us on February 17, 11-1 to help pack swag.  Email Jenny if you can help pack swag. In past years, these swag bags have been very appreciated. Everyone at Anderson's is very grateful for our participation--they want to support local storytellers.   Questions about mailing/delivering/packing swag: Jen Wagh Questions about Anderson’s Event? 20th Annual Anderson's Children’s Literature Breakfast Interested in being our new PAL Coordinator? Deborah Topolski


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