Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  • We'd love for you to participate in the January 20 critique session. Please complete the following form by January 18 at 8p.m. CST. Here's a reminder of the format and guidelines: Join IMOCC 4 PB: Iowa-Minnesota Online Critique Club for Picture Book Writers and Illustrators! Who: Members of Iowa-Minnesota SCBWI What: Provide and procure helpful feedback on writing and artwork Where: Zoom meeting When: 7:30-9:00 pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, beginning January 20th, 2021 How: Follow these easy-peasy steps 1. Fill out the Google form here by the Monday before each meeting 2. Be prepared with a copy of the manuscript/dummy to read to a group of 4-5 others. 3. Watch your email for a Zoom link and join the meeting
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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 (Read More)

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Iowa/Minnesota Writers - Read about the Latest Regional Information

Getting an Editor, Art Director, or Agent to Say I Do Retreat August 26-28th. Registration opens on June 11, 9:00 AM Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, 120 Boyson Rd, Hiawatha, IA Faculty:
  • Daniel Cramer - Founder and Agent at Page Turner Literary
  • Rick DeMonico - Senior Art Director at Albert Whitman & Company
  • Wendy McClure - Senior Editor at Sourcebooks

David LaRochelle - In Person Event - Minnesota August 16 Lions Shelter, Central Park, 2527 Victoria St N, Roseville, MN 55113 Faculty:
  • David LaRochelle - Geisel Award Winning Author

Something Borrowed - Online Nonfiction Day September 10th, 2022 on Zoom. Registration opens on July 23, 9:00 AM
  • Courtney Code - Editor at Abrams Books
  • Danielle Collins - Editorial Assistant at Beach Lane Books
  • Tricia Lawrence - Agent at Erin Murphy Literary Agency
  • Lisa M. Bolt Simons - Author

Critique-a-Palooza November 12th, 2022 - Zoom Critiques  
2022 Marvelous Midwest -- WORK IN PROGRESS (Postponed to 2024)