Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  • September 12th - Diversity Day with Author Linda Sue Park Minnetrista Gathering Place, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana Details and coming soon.
  •   IN SCBWI Funding Tumbler     Please support our Mentor Program and help save the environment!     Anyone who donates at least $20 to support the IN SCBWI Mentor Program will receive this tumbler as a thank you gift. We will be accepting donations and have these available at the Autumn Frost Retreat and the Yearly Cheer Luncheon. You may also make an online donation plus a $5 shipping fee and it can be mailed to you. Email Angie for details.       The IN SCBWI logo is a plastic, waterproof sticker that can be removed, for non-writer/illustrator gift giving options.       Description: The 30 oz Chelsea is a double wall tumbler. 18/8 stainless construction with a polypropylene liner. Double wall construction allows you to enjoy your hot or cold beverage for up to 6 hours. Thumb-slide, spill resistant lid, with rubber gasket. Capacity is 28 oz with lid on. Hand wash recommended. BPA FREE. Product Dimensions: 7.75
  • Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles (July 24-27, 2020) The Annual Summer Conference spans three days with an optional fourth day of craft-specific intensives. The conference is held each year in Los Angeles. Registration for the 2020 Conference will commence in spring 2020. Many of the biggest authors and illustrators in children’s books will be joining a bevy of agents, art directors, and editors. More info coming soon!
  •     2020 Indiana SCBWI Mentor Program   We are thrilled to announce our first mentors for the 2020 IN SCBWI mentorship. For fiction or nonfiction picture books, Judith L. Roth has agreed to mentor the first round. Judith L. Roth is the author of the picture books, including Goodnight, Dragon, Cups Held Out, Julia’s Words, middle grade book Serendipity & Me, and her article , My Corner of the World, Highlights, March 2019. She lives in Elkhart, Indiana with her family and three cats. Judy writes; “When I was about ten, it occurred to me that books are written by people and I was a person.  I could create my favorite things–I could write books!  I got a bachelor’s degree in English and music. I think my music education helps me write poetry. My first poem was accepted for publication before I graduated.  I had some success with poetry, but my biggest dream was to write fiction for children.  My first fiction piece was accepted about 25 years after the first submission.  Finally!” For our chapter books, middle grade and young adult books, Sharon Biggs Waller has agreed to be our first mentor. Sharon Biggs Waller is the Friends of American Writers award winning author of the critically acclaimed young adult novels The Forbidden Orchid, A Mad, Wicked Folly, and Girls on the Verge. She writes for magazines about horses, chickens, and farming, and she’s a co-author of The Original Horse Bible. Previously, she worked as a riding instructor at the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace. In addition to writing, she is a dressage rider and trainer, a fiber artist, and a Planned Parenthood clinic escort. She lives on a 10-acre sustainable hobby farm in a ghost town in Northwest Indiana with her husband Mark, two horses, twelve dairy goats, four cats, two dogs, twenty laying hens, and a gaggle of geese. Sharon's latest book Girls on the Verge, April, 2019, has already been nominated for the 2020 Young Adult Library Services Association Best Fiction for Young Adults, a Cosmopolitan Best New Book of 2019, a Bustle Top 35 Books of Spring, an Amazon Number One New Release in Teen & Young Adult Theater Fiction. How to Submit: Click HERE or on the Mentor Program Quill on the Indiana SCBWI website. Both the opening and closing deadline or submissions are midnight of the dates specified for each of the categories. If you qualify you can register one day early. Once registered, you will receive instructions where to send your application package. A) Writers will submit one manuscript attached as a Word document. The document must be formatted using 12-point Times New Roman font with 1” inch margins. It also must have the title at the top of the first page with the text starting in the next line. There is no need to start halfway down the page. Put your title and the page number in the header. Do not put your name on your manuscript. In the body of the email, please include: 1) Your name as listed in the SCBWI registry 2) The mentorship you’re entering 3) Your manuscript title 4) Your email 5) Your telephone number 6) Attach your word document, without your name on the document, to the email. Questions? Contact Diane at  
  •   For details and registration click HERE!
  • Summer Webinar Series June 23, 2019 4:00-5:15 CST Meet Author Carolyn Dee Flores Registration information coming soon
  • Summer Webinar Series August 18, 2019 4:00-5:15 CST Meet Author Ellen Hopkins    
  • Did you know … That all of the Indiana Regional Team members are volunteers? Yes, Angie, Diane and Teresa are volunteers. All of the IN SCBWI membership dues go to support the national organization. The money we raise through hosting events is ALL we have to offer programming, reserve venues, pay for conference food, linens, set-up, clean-up and other services, pay for faculty honorariums, flights, all meals, lodging and any extras for each event, cover the cost of socials, luncheons and fund scholarships, among many other things. Indiana Volunteers who help with an event are invited to attend a free, private faculty meal during at the event, get to register early. (doesn’t apply to Autumn Frost Retreat as registration is already open) and will be recognized at our annual member luncheon for their time and dedication to IN SCBWI. Indiana Coordinators will receive all of the above, PLUS a 50% discount on membership dues after their first year of service, a 75% discount on membership dues after their 2nd year of service and a FREE Membership after their 3rd and following years of service. After 3 years, they will also receive a scholarship for a partial discount on registration for a national SCBWI event, (Los Angeles in Summer or New York in Winter) assuming that we are in good financial standing. There will be other perks added as we raise our funds.   What can you do to help? We have lots of new volunteer positions open. Please email Juliana Savia Clayton if you’re interested in joining the Indiana team. See website soon for volunteer positions and descriptions of each. Social Media Coordinator – Runs our Facebook/Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites, shares information on registration, location details for all events, shares photos from previous events, shares good news for Indiana members, work with Illustrator Coordinator and illustrators to create event and website banners, logos as needed. Constant Contact/Email Coordinator (We are switching to Constant Contact soon as our preferred email service) Membership Coordinator - Invites new members to join, host a table/booth at free events and SCBWI events around the state, when able, to encourage membership, welcome new members, direct them to the website and social media and answer any questions they have. Suggest volunteer positions to new members. Website/Tech Coordinator – Help upload information from Regional Team to our IN SCBWI website, update information weekly, make sure information is correct, ensure that all links are working properly, help set up and assist with technology at our retreat and conferences. PAL Coordinator – Must be a PAL Member. (Published And Listed author/illustrator) Meaning, the publisher of your book is an approved SCBWI publisher. See national SCBWI website for reference. This coordinator will work with the IN Regional Team to plan and run events that benefit PAL Members. For example, workshops, socials, signings, etc. Critique-nic Volunteer – Plan and run a Summer Critique-nic in your region. (June, July or August) Local Volunteers in each county/region – These volunteers will be the contact person for their region. They will plan free events for local members that help facilitate creating books for children and encourage meeting other members. Library Volunteers in each county/region – These volunteers will contact all libraries in their region and work with them to organize SCBWI events locally and for the entire state. They will help plan and run book signings for local authors and illustrators as well as offer informational events for new and existing members at the local level. School Volunteers in each county/region - These volunteers will contact all elementary and high schools in their region and work with them to organize SCBWI events locally and for the entire state. They will help plan and run school visits for local authors and illustrators. They will be the main communication link to all schools in their area regarding SCBWI events for children. College/University Volunteers in each county/region - These volunteers will contact all colleges and universities in their region and work with them to organize SCBWI events locally and for the entire state. They will help plan and run lectures and visits for local and state authors and illustrators. They will be the main communication link to all college/universities in their area regarding SCBWI events for students.
  •   Hoosier Book Happenings is a newsletter, compiled by our Library Coordinator Karen Kulinski, and sent to Indiana Libraries to publicize books by Hoosier authors and illustrators. Watch for the next request for titles on our Facebook Page and website. What a great way to get our books in front of Indiana kids! Click HERE for last fall’s issue.
  •  IN SCBWI Illustrators Day Date/Time Date(s) - 03/28/2020 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Location Oakhurst House, Minnetrista Gathering Place 1200 North Minnetrista Parkway - Muncie, IN 47303 Illustrators Day: 2020 Vision What art directors are looking for in 2020, diversity in Illustration, and how to integrate both in your art. Date/Time Date – 3/28/2019 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Location Oakhurst House, Minnetrista Gathering Place 1200 North Minnetrista Parkway Muncie, IN 47303 Registration is open! Click HERE ONLY 25 spots available, so register early! SCBWI Members: $100 SCBWI Student Members: $75 Non-Members: $150 Student Non-Members: $85     About Illustrators’ Day: Our 2020 Illustrators Day will be held at the beautiful Oakhurst Home, adjoining the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Please park at the Minnetrista Gathering Place. It’s about a 5 minute walk to the Oakhurst Home from this parking lot. A shuttle will be provided for those who need it. Join Art Director extraordinaire Ellice Lee of Philomel Books as she talks about what art directors are looking for in 2020, diversity in the kid lit industry, and how to incorporate it in your illustrations. We’ll have a presentation in the morning, followed by lunch, which includes the portfolio showcase/viewing and the opportunities to connect with faculty and peers. After lunch, there will be a hands-on intensive for us to flex our creative muscles. AND!!! Participants will get to submit to Ellice after the event! (see below)     Faculty Bio: Ellice Lee is the Associate Art Director of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, where she art directs and designs picture books and novels, both fiction and non-fiction. She has worked with such award-winning and best-selling talent as Loren Long, Alexandra Boiger, Christian Robinson, LeUyen Pham, Kadir Nelson, Chris Raschka, Frank Morrison, and Floyd Cooper. Many of her titles have been on the New York Times best-seller lists and featured in New York magazine, TIME magazine and have won Caldecott honors, Coretta Scott King awards, and been finalists for the National Book Award and Society of Illustrators Original Art Show awards. Ellice loves to find talent on and off the grid, but mostly the latter. Lunch: We will provide a boxed lunch, catered by Minnestrata, for all attendees. You can choose an option as you register.   Free Portfolio Display: Illustrators are invited to bring portfolios for display during the lunch hour for viewing by Ellice and other attendees. You may bring along business cards and postcards. No charge. Portfolio Guidelines: One (1) permitted Size: (Measure while open) Maximum width: 32” max Maximum height: 12” max Closed Portfolio: 3” tall max 10 – 15 images suggested Copies or prints only; no original art Name: your name and contact information must be in or on your portfolio Business or Promotional Cards to be placed next to your portfolio Size: Up to 5”x 7” horizontal or vertical No card holders permitted     Special Illustration Exhibit Offer: Minnetrista Gathering Place has kindly offered space at the Oakhurst Home as a gallery for showing and selling illustrations by attendees. The display will be up for a period of time. Unless otherwise specified, the artwork will be available for sale with Minnetrista keeping a percentage of the price. Further details on illustration guidelines, display period and percentage to come.   Exclusive Submission Opportunity: Attendees will be able to submit to Ellice Lee after this event! Details will be given to participants on Illustrators Day.

2020 Winter Webinar Series


For details and registration click HERE!

The Oakhurst Home, Minnetrista

March 28th - Illustrators' Day

Registration OPEN!

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with Ellice M. Lee, Art Director at Philomel/Penguin

The Oakhurst Home, Minnetrista, Muncie, Indiana


Click HERE to read the Winter Newsletter!

 Thank you Tanya for all your work on this!


2020 Mentor Program!

Early Registration begins February 1st, 7:30a.m. ET;

registration for other IN-SCBWI members opens on February 3rd Deadline is February14th, 2020

Chapter books, Middle grade and YA Books

Mentor - Sharon Biggs Waller


Winter Webinar Series:

Registration OPEN!

Click HERE for details and registration!


Save the Dates for these exciting one-day conferences:


May 23rd - Nonfiction Day

with Author Jen Swanson

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana


September 12th - Diversity Day

with Author Linda Sue Park

Minnetrista Gathering Place, Muncie, Indiana


*Details and registration coming soon.