Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  • Hi All! We're so excited to share some exciting things that have been happening around our region with our authors & illustrators. Below is a list of some of the highlights from this past quarter: Stacy Ebert - Debut Picture Book Release: Stacy's second children's book, but debut picture book, Hello World! releases April 6, 2021. Illustrated by her, written by NYT bestselling author, PBS show and podcast host of Tell Me More, Kelly Corrigan. They are also collaborating on a second picture book for 2022. Both published by Penguin Random House/Flamingo Books, with esteemed editor, Margaret Anastas. Learn more about her and the new PRH imprint being launched with three titles including hers.  Hello World! even made it on the Brightly site's
  • 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
  •   Save the Date for the 2022 Marvelous Midwest SCBWI Conference! This multi-region conference is designed to give you a large SCBWI NYC or LA conference experience closer to home.  Featuring over 35 faculty members sharing content for writers and illustrators that will move your Works In Progress -- and your career -- forward. Make industry connections. Get a portfolio review or critique. Gain access to acquiring editors, agents, and art directors. Find your people and make lasting relationships.  Start your planning now to join in! Much more information to come. Stay tuned.
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2022 Marvelous Midwest -- WORK IN PROGRESS April 1-3, 2022 at the River Center in Davenport, IA Check this page for more information.  
Other upcoming 2022 Events:
  • August 26-28, 2022: Fall Retreat in Cedar Rapids, IA
  • September 10th: Online Nonfiction Day