Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators

09 Apr

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (yes, it’s a mouthful all right) began 40 years ago as the brainchild of Lin Oliver and Steven Mooser in Los Angeles. Since then, it has expanded a thousand fold to become the world’s preeminent professional organization for those in the children’s literature industry.

SCBWI is divided into hundreds of regions. Our region includes all of Utah and southern Idaho. We have about 150 members in this region and we try to provide programs, workshops, conferences, and opportunities to everyone, whether a beginner or a longtime published author.

On April 16, our annual Boise conference will be held at Boise State in the Student Union Building. See this link for more information:

I’m really thrilled with our lineup for this conference. For starters, we have three fabulous authors from our region:

  • Sydney Salter, author of three books: Jungle Crossing, My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters, and Swoon at Your Own Risk (a finalist in the SCBWI Crystal Kite awards).
  • Carol Lynch Williams, author of many, many awesome books, including The Chosen One and Glimpse.
  • Judy Cox, award-winning picture book and middle grade author.

These three authors will be helping us with the craft of writing for picture book audiences up to young adults. So no matter what you might write, you’ll be in good hands.

In addition, we have Lori Benton who is a publisher with Scholastic. As you probably know, Scholastic is one of the biggest children’s publishing houses around. Lori will share with us her perspective from her long career in the industry.

And we’ll have Jennifer Rofe, an agent with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, one of the foremost agencies that reps children’s authors. She’ll be reading manuscripts (sorry, the deadline to submit has already past), as well as helping writers understand the ins and outs of submitting to agents.

Also speaking will be Maggie Chase, a professor in the Department of Literacy at Boise State, and Angela Kerber, a public school librarian. They will speak about children’s literature from the other side of the publishing fence—readers and teachers.

This conference is designed to help writers, readers, teachers, and librarians learn more about children’s literature as the art it is, from the craft of writing it to the joy of reading it. Credit is available.

As part of the conference, there will be a book signing by the authors at Rediscovered Books in downtown Boise the evening of April 15, from 7-9 p.m. So if you can’t make it to the conference, but you’d like to meet the authors, please join us.


Posted by on April 9, 2011 in Boise, writing


5 responses to “Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators

  1. Janis

    April 9, 2011 at 5:42 PM


    Welcome to GSW. Great to have you with us.

  2. Clarissa Southwick

    April 9, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    SCBWi is one of those organizations I’ve always been curious about, but never had the time to explore. Thanks so much for explaining it all to us. I can’t make the conference this year, but look forward to your post conference report.

  3. johannaharness

    April 9, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    I always learn so much from the regional SCBWI conferences. I’m bummed I’m going to miss this one.

  4. Mary Vine

    April 9, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Sounds like a great conference. Thanks for the information.

  5. lizfredericks

    April 10, 2011 at 6:56 AM

    Excellent and informative blog Neysa! This is very helpful to me and to many others who consider writing for children and young adults. My kids always have their heads in books and I’ve been very grateful for the quality of the talent and content available to them to read. It’s good to know we have this knowledge and support system in the region.


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