SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI-IL 2020 Spring Networks

NETWORKS offer easy, handy access to programs, writing groups, networking opportunities and other interested (and interesting!) writers and illustrators. Check below for your particular NETWORK’s time, location and Shop Talk.

 

Networks are free and open to all. You may attend any Network at any time, not just the one in your area.  All Network participants agree to abide by our SCBWI Anti-harrassment Policy.

 

Interested in starting a NETWORKS group in your area?
Contact NETWORKS Coordinator, Deb Aronson, Assistant Reginal Advisor


Summer 2020:
(Updated 07/2020)

With regret, all in-person Network programs and events are suspended through January 2021

Please refer to this page or contact your local Network Representative if you are unsure if your local event has been changed to a Zoom Meeting.

We realize that this situation is fast-changing and ongoing and appreciate your working with us in partnership to preserve the health and community of our Region. 

 

Illustrators’ Networks

Chicago-area Illustrators’ Network

Representatives:

Rich Green – 815-341-0925
Pav Kovacic 773-490-5902

The Chicago-Area’s Illustrators Network meets monthly from September through May.  Meetings are free and open to the public and include a topic discussion, presentation or guest speaker.  We also leave time at the end of each meeting for peer review of works in progress, book dummies and portfolios.


 

 


 


 

SCBWI-IL Members:

You can also join in the fun at our SCBWI Illinois Illustrators Network Group on Facebook – request to join here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/75724682515/

SCBWI member illustrators please make sure you are on the illustrator listserv for updates….to be added please email Cedric Gliane.

 

Downstate Illustrators’ Network

Representatives:
Louann Brown 217-839-3264
Jerry Barrett 217-621-1369

Shop Talk & Critiques.

QUARTERLY MEETINGS:   This Network maintains a Facebook page (Downstate Illinois SCBWI Illustrators) for critiques and information sharing between meetings. If you’d like to join us, send us a request via Facebook or email one of the network reps. At our meetings we typically discuss markets, critique work and share our journey. Everyone is welcome.


Diversity Network

Representative: Donna Beasley

Contact Donna@kazoomkidsbooks.com with any additional accessibility needs.

About our Diversity Network…

Every month, FREE, non-members welcome. If anyone needs additional ADA support such as sign language interpreter or other resources, please email  Donna Beasley in advance.

Diversity Network Meetings create a space where writers and illustrators who’ve traditionally been left at the margins in children’s publishing can get together.

At these meetings we’ll build community, share stories of hurdles and successes, work to dismantle barriers, improve diversity and inclusion in children’s literature and SCBWI-IL, work on our craft and further our writing and/or illustrating careers. And there will often be snacks. Feel free to bring a tasty treat to share.

Our focus on diversity springs from the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement:

We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

Because of the breadth of this focus, we will be particularly conscious of the intersectionality of oppressions and identities. Allies are welcome. (An ally is a person who supports, empowers, or stands up for another person or a group of people.)

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

– Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s

 

Writers’ Networks


Chicago Network

Representatives:

Jane Hertenstein (773) 303-4089
 

Hyde Park Network

Representative:
Kate Hannigan  

 

 Chicago’s Southland Network

Representatives:

Jim Danielson 708-596-4479
Linda Dryfhout 

For more information and current shop talk topics, visit the Chicago Southland blog at http://scbwisouthchicago.blogspot.com.

Shop Talks: 
Second Thursday of every month.

 

Northern Suburbs

Cook County (North Suburban Network)

Representatives:

Carolyn Crimi 
Anny Rusk 

Date: July 8, 2020

Topic: Time Management for Writers

Location: Virtual Link:  will be provided to those who register here.

Time 7-8:30 pm Central Time Zone

Program: Join the North Suburban Network of Illinois SCBWI on July 8 to learn about how best to manage your time and energy. 

You want to write, but where do you find the time? Even if you find the time, what about the energy? It can be overwhelming, to the point that most people give up or dilly-dally for decades, never quite reaching their goals. NYT Bestselling middle-grade author Liesl Shurtliff will speak about time management for writers. She’s written seven novels over the past decade while raising four kids and juggling many hats and schedules. She’ll touch on subjects from prioritization and organization of time, creative mindset, and proven methods to beat procrastination and get the most bang for your buck, er, hour. Come join the conversation! Q&A will follow the presentation.

Liesl Shurtliff is the New York Times bestselling author of the (Fairly) True Tales series and the Time Castaways series. Her books have been named to several state award lists and have won many awards including a Children’s Book Award from the International Literacy Association. A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Liesl has called Chicago home for fifteen years. She and her husband have four children who have inspired many characters in Liesl’s books, both hero and villain.

Our host will be Anny Rusk, the SCBWI-IL North Suburban Chicago Co-Rep. She is affiliated with the Center for Teaching Through Children’s Books at National Louis University, and has moderated several Graphic Novel panels at Chicago’s Comic Con, C2E2. She is also the co-host of the YouTube/Booktube channel Choose2Include. In addition to being a helicopter mom to her four-legged son, Odin, Anny has several works in progress including an MG Fantasy novel and a picture book on OCD.

Thursday, April 2  THIS EVENT IS NOW GOING TO BE ON ZOOM!! FREE TO ALL ILLINOIS SCBWI-MEMBERS
Topic: The Psychological Connection: Emotional Power in Writing

Location: The Book Market/2651 Navy Blvd/Glenview, IL

Time: 7-8:30 pm

Program: Join the North Suburban Network community as they host Alice McGinty via online meeting, discussing The Psychological Connection: Emotional Power in Writing

The books we love best are the ones that touch something deep within us. Why do these books move us? Explore the key to give writing depth and power by uncovering the psychological elements below the surface. Alice’s program examines what psychologists have learned about human emotion and behavior and applies that knowledge to the art of children’s literature and writing.

Date(s) – 04/02/2020
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Click here for more information about how to register.

Far Northern Suburbs


Far North Suburban Network

Representatives:
Nicole Hewitt
Kim Oclon 

Meetings: 

Join us on the 1st Wednesday of every month:

 

Time: 7-9 pm

 

Far Northwest Suburbs


Northwest Suburban Network

Representatives:

Veronica Rundell
Kathleen Reitmann 

Open Critique- NEW DAY AND TIME!

Northwest Suburban section hosts an open critique night 6:30-9pm on the Third Wednesday of the month. Contact reps: Veronica Rundell  or Kathleen Reitmann for more information.

 

Dundee Area Network

Representatives:

Jennifer Wagh 
Jennifer Kaap  

Shop Talk/Critique Session
Second Wednesday of the month 7-9 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
If you are a first time attendee please RSVP Jennifer Wagh 

 

Western Suburbs


Oak Park and Near West Suburban Network

Representatives:

Sarah Hammond 
Karen Walker Ward 
Sallie Wolf 

Shop Talk: Second Thursday of the month, 7 – 9 pm Our meetings are free and open to all.

 

Thursday, May 14

Topic: Finding Our Jam: Fiction or Nonfiction? Series or Standalone? Graphic Novels? Exploring the Genres That Get Us Most Excited About Writing for Young Readers ~ With Kate Hannigan

Location: Virtually! This event is open for free to all Illinois SCBWI members! Register Here with coupon 2020ILNetworks

Time: 7-9 pm

Whether it’s contemporary issues that motivate us or a love for historical research, a drive to make kids laugh or a desire to help them navigate painful challenges — we all bring a variety of passions to our projects. Join Golden Kite winning author Kate Hannigan in talking about tapping what excites us most about the power of children’s literature and how we can bring those passions to our craft.
Chicago children’s author Kate Hannigan writes fiction and nonfiction. Her standalone historical mystery THE DETECTIVE’S ASSISTANT (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) won the 2016 Golden Kite Award for middle-grade. Her new historical fantasy series THE LEAGUE OF SECRET HEROES (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin) blends superheroes and real-life figures from WWII. Weaving in chapters presented in graphic novel format, Book 1, CAPE, published in August 2019, and Book 2, MASK, hits shelves August 2020. Kate’s nonfiction graphic novel THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE: RISING FROM THE ASHES (First Second) publishes in June 2020. Her nonfiction picture book biography A LADY HAS THE FLOOR: BELVA LOCKWOOD SPEAKS OUT FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS (Boyds Mills) explores the life of a remarkable but forgotten figure from history. Kate has six more picture book biographies forthcoming. Visit her online at KateHannigan.com
New in 2020: Mask: Book 2 in The League of Secret Heroes (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin)
The Great Chicago Fire graphic novel (First Second)

Bolingbrook/Naperville Network

Representatives:
Cathy Velasco
Mary and Rich Chamberlin 

Bolingbrook/Naperville Network meets three times a year from 10 a.m. – noon,  Saturday mornings.

Bolingbrook/Naperville is co-hosting the Kate Hannigan event May 14 (see above!)

Geneva Network

Representatives:

Janet Riehecky 847-695-9781
Cheryl App 

Shop Talks:
First Wednesday & fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m.

Northern Illinois

Rockford Network

Representatives:

Karin Blaski

keblaski@aol.com

Jennifer Loescher

jennifer.loescher@comcast.net

 

Contact: Karin Blaski, keblaski@aol.com

Freeport/Rockford Area Network

Representatives:

Leone Anderson 815-947-2780
Debbie Deutsch 815-235-8899

Critique Session/Shop Talks:

Fourth Saturday of each month

Please contact Lee or Debbie to verify dates/locations.

DeKalb Area Network

Representative:

Sarah Tobias

Shop Talk & Critique Session:

The third Wednesday of the month, January through November, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

No meetings in December

 

Central Illinois

Central Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) Network

Representative:
Elaine Bearden  

Bloomington/Normal Network

Near-Normal Writer’s Group

Representatives:

Dawn Malone (dawnemalone@gmail.com)

Looking for new leadership. Please contact Dawn if you’re interested in hosting a program.

Springfield Area Network

The Springfield Scribes

Representative:
Debra Daugherty 

 

Southern Illinois

Edwardsville Network

Representatives:
Juli Caveny
Bonnie Swanson 

Monthly Critique Meeting:
We meet at 6:30 on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Contact reps if you have any questions!

 

Fairview Heights Network

Representative:
Katie Otey 

Monthly Critique Meeting:
Usually 3rd Wednesday of the month. Contact reps for meeting place and time.