Diversity Panel Members at Creating Stories for Every Reader — Diversity in Your Work. Front left to right: Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Claudia Guadalupe Martinez, Andrea Hall and Patricia Hruby Powell. Back left to right: Gwendolyn Mitchell, Jerome Pohlen and Cynthea Liu.
The Illinois chapter of SCBWI is working to make the children’s book world more diverse, inclusive and equitable.
In person Diversity Network Meetings: Join us the first Wednesday of each month in Hyde Park. Click here for our flier with complete meeting details. Diverse Writers and illustrators meet to work on craft, build community and bring about change. (Allies welcome.)
Online Community: Facebook SCBWI IL Diversity Community @scbwiDiversityIL
Diversity Committee: Susanne Fairfax, Urania Smith, Jacqueline Alcántara, Beth Finke
June Diversity Network Meeting – Feedback for We Need Diverse Books Walter Grant submissions
June 6, 7:00-9:00 pm
Treasure Island Hyde Park Meeting Room
Manuscript and illustration feedback session. We Need Diverse Books Walter Grant submissions are due June 15. Let’s give each other feedback on our manuscripts, illustrations, and any supporting essays, cover letters and other materials. Urania has set up a dropbox for materials. Or just print a few copies and bring them.
You might have noticed that our venue has changed again. Hopefully this will be the last change. We changed to first Wednesday nights based on a poll of participants. We’ll be meeting the first Wednesday of each month at the Treasure Island in Hyde Park. They have meeting rooms that they were able to reserve for us far out into the future and during a time that works. We can bring in our own food to share with each other here. And, if you need to pick up something there is a grocery store conveniently upstairs. 😉 (No wine allowed at this venue, though.)
Walter Grant Submission guidelines. https://diversebooks.org/our-programs/walter-grant/submission-guidelines/
To learn more about these opportunities, please click the relevant item on the menu to your right.
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SCBWI-IL acknowledges the recent conversations about sexual harassment in the children’s literature industry, much like workplaces throughout our society. We’re conscious that people lead intersectional lives and that there is work to do regarding harassment and discrimination specific to marginalized writers and illustrators. Please see the updated SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. The SCBWI-IL Diversity Committee reaffirms our commitment to work toward an industry that is diverse, equitable and inclusive.