SCBWI Events

30 Jul

This blog post is going to be a little on the short side, because I will be a counselor at senior high camp for a week right before this posts. (Good place to spend time if you’re writing for the YA crowd.) So I’m actually writing it a week prior to when you’re reading it. I apologize in advance for cheating you out of the witty banter to which you have become accustomed.

SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) is the premier international organization for children’s writers and illustrators. We hold tons of conferences, workshops, meetings, and many other types of events to help support and promote children’s authors and illustrators. To find out more, check out

In Boise, August 1 will be our next SCBWI meeting. Johanna Harness (yes, a fellow blogger on this site) will be speaking on Twitter for Writers. Everyone says social media is extremely important in book promotion, networking, fan chats, etc. So this will be a great way to learn from someone who is actually doing lots of digital stuff.

We won’t have a meeting in Sept. because that is Labor Day and we shall all be resting from our labors.

In October, another event is happening that you need to know about. Our SCBWI Novel Revision Retreat will be in Ashton, Idaho on Oct. 1-3. Space is limited, so only 16 people may register. Emma Dryden, owner of will be our facilitator. She is an awesome editor and funny lady. The cost is $325, which includes your meals, lodging, and all workshops for the weekend.

So if you have a novel manuscript draft completed, even it if it is just the first draft, you are eligible to attend. You will be required to read the full manuscripts of three other attendees, which you will receive the first week of September. Come prepared to discuss, revise, be critiqued, and learn a lot. Then go home energized with specific ideas for revision.

If you want more information or want to register, email me at Hurry, because slots are filling up quickly.


Posted by on July 30, 2011 in Idaho


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5 responses to “SCBWI Events

  1. johannaharness

    July 30, 2011 at 5:52 AM

    I’m so looking forward to Monday night! Thanks for keeping us updated on the local SCBI opportunities.

  2. Liz Fredericks

    July 30, 2011 at 7:08 AM

    Thanks Neysa! The SCBWI Novel Revision Retreat sounds like a great way to polish a manuscript. I don’t know much about SCBWI, but everything I learn suggests it’s an excellent group for YA/children writers.

  3. Mary Vine

    July 30, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    I now know of a good group for children’s writers. I remember a lady at a book signing that said she was writing children’s books and I didn’t know of a place/group to send her.

  4. Janis

    July 30, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Sounds like a great program with solid resources for children’s writers. Such fun! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Clarissa Southwick

    July 30, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Thanks for keeping us up to date on the SCBWI events, Neysa. I would really love to hear Johanna’s talk on Twitter for Writers Monday night. Pure genius 🙂


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