Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  • We had a wonderful time talking about writing and illustrating books for kids this past weekend! A HUGE thank you to our fabulous speakers: Maria T. Middleton, Linda Camacho, Sarah Jane Abbott, and Jessixa Bagley! Their knowledge and insight exceeded all expectations. And another GIANT thank you to our fantastic team: Eileen Boggess, Liz Bedia, and Dorothia Rohner! We couldn't have had such a great experience without all your hard work and planning. Don't miss out on our next retreat coming in 2021. It will be well worth it!
  • Everyone involved in SCBWI Iowa is a volunteer, including the regional team.   Attendees like desserts at conferences.   No matter what meal you serve, someone will hate it. Especially if it’s salmon.   Many SCBWI members don’t know all the perks offered to them, especially, The Book: The Essential Guide for Publishing for Children. Check it out at   Editors and agents are regular people. They want to find great books that sell so they can keep their jobs.    People from the East and West Coasts don’t know about Scotcharoos, cheese curds, and the joy of dipping everything in Ranch dressing.   Creative folk like one-day genre specific conferences, three-day conferences, multi-state conferences, retreats, and free events. A variety keeps everyone happy.   Nonfiction writers, graphic novelists, picture book writers, illustrators, MG/YA authors, and board book creators all want to be represented at conferences.   SCBWI members are a lot of fun at parties.   And the number one thing I’ve learned being the RA is that SCBWI Iowa members are the kindest, most compassionate, and creative people in the world. You guys rock!   Thank you to everyone who shows up at our free monthly meet-ups, attends conferences and retreats, and offers to volunteer. This organization could not function without each and every one of you. --From Eileen Boggess, Regional Advisor from SCBWI-Iowa
  • The Urbandale Public Library now accepting proposals for The Arts UP Close (formerly Art UP Close) program  The Arts UP Close celebrates local talent and encourages the community to experience the arts through engaging opportunities. The program sponsors local artists who conduct presentations and hands-on workshops at the library and in the community. The goal of the program is to develop and sustain the public’s awareness and interest in the arts, cultivating a true appreciation for all forms of human expression.   The Urbandale Public Library is offering two, one-month paid sponsorships (April 1 – 30 & September 1 -30, 2020) to visual, literary, performing, and mixed media artists. Artists eager to use their talent to grow and nurture the community’s artistic spirit are invited to apply. Arts groups, such as musical groups, theater ensembles, etc. are also encouraged to apply.   Applications for 2020 sponsorships are due by Monday, December 2, 2019 to Download the application information here.
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Writing can seem like an individual sport, but it truly takes a team. Our region offers state-wide
conferences and local events that feature lessons on craft; industry advice; and connections to great agents, art directors, editors, and authors. Most importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to meet (Read More)

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2019 News & Events

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Webinar Opportunity: Finding Your Agent March with Carrie A. Pearson Tuesday, February 4th at 7:00PM through Zoom.  
Think and Wonder, Wonder and Think - Spring Conference April 24-26, 2020 With: Sara Sargent - Editor with Random House Semadar Megged - Art Director Trisha de Guzman - FSG/Macmillan Adria Goetz - Agent with Martin Literary Natascha Morris - Agent with Bookends Literary Katie Kennedy - Author Cindy Johnson - Author Lisa Morlock - Author Rahele Jomepour Bell - Illustrator At: West Des Moines Marriott, West Des Moines, IA
October 30-November 1, 2020
Prairiewoods Retreat Center, Hiawatha, IA