Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  • Click HERE to see information about this conference. Registration is open and spots are filling fast!
  • Indiana Summer Webinar Series   Funds National Conference Scholarships for IN Members   July 28th - Author Pat Zietlow Miller August 18th – Author Ellen Hopkins Tentatively re-scheduled for September - Author/Illustrator Carolyn Dee Flores 4:00 – 5:15 pm CST  More details coming soon!
  • Join us on December 1, 2019 for the Indiana Member's Luncheon and PAL book signing. Our guest speaker will be SCBWI Founder and Executive Director Lin Oliver. This will be in the Indianapolis area but specific location, times and further details will be coming soon. We hope for this to be an annual free event in the future. Angie, Diane and Teresa  
  • Summer Webinar Series June 23, 2019 4:00-5:15 CST Meet Author Carolyn Dee Flores Registration information coming soon
  • Summer Webinar Series July 28, 2019 4:00-5:15 CST Meet Author Pat Zietlow Miller Registration information coming soon.   Pat Zietlow Miller knew she wanted to be a writer ever since her seventh-grade English teacher read her paper about square-dancing skirts out loud in class and said: “This is the first time anything a student has written has given me chills.” (Thanks, Mrs. Mueller! You rock!) Pat started out as a newspaper reporter and wrote about everything from dartball and deer-hunting to diets and decoupage. Then, she joined an insurance company and edited its newsletter and magazine. Now, she writes insurance information by day and children’s books by night. Pat has one wonderful husband, two delightful daughters and two pampered cats. She doesn’t watch much TV, but she does love “Chopped.” Pat lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Want to know how to pronounce her name? Visit the Author Name Pronunciation Guide from Teaching It features her name and those of lots of other authors. Website:        
  • Summer Webinar Series August 18, 2019 4:00-5:15 CST Meet Author Ellen Hopkins    
  •   Welcome to our 2019 Indiana CRITIQUE-NICS! Registration is open for our July Critique-nic! Please click HERE to register so we know how many can attend. Join us for an afternoon picnic/critique event. We have divided the state into North, Central and South. Diane will organize and run CRITIQUE-NICS for the northern region. Teresa will organize and run CRITIQUE-NICS for the central region and Angie will run things for the south region. There are no definite boundaries or rules about attending events. You are welcome to attend as many of these free events as you can! We do ask that you register so we ensure there are people coming. Also, please let us know if you can't attend, once you register. WHAT TO BRING: Writers will need to bring printed copies of one manuscript to share  We will let you know how many to bring closer to the event, based on number attending. Please limit picture book manuscripts to under 800 words, Other genres may bring the first 2-3 pages of a longer piece of work to share for critique. Illustrators may bring a few portfolio pieces or a picture book dummy for sharing and critique. Or...feel free to find a spot and work! You are welcome to read, write, sketch, paint, etc. This will be a very casual afternoon of meeting, eating and then sharing our work with each other. Everyone should bring your own picnic lunch. SCBWI will provide chilled, bottled water and we are asking everyone to bring a dessert or snack to share. We're planning these in locations where they can be held in rain or shine, so weather shouldn't be a concern. We have booked locations that have picnic tables, but just in case, please bring a blanket, chair, bug spray, sunscreen, etc. Please contact Angie if you're willing to host one of the CRITIQUE-NICS next summer. We would love suggestions! It must be a free location with a roof or inside option. We are so excited to meet all of you this summer, Angie, Diane and Teresa      
  •   November 8-11, 2019 Autumn Frost Retreat Brown County State Park, Abe Martin Lodge, Nashville, Indiana P.O. Box 547 Nashville, IN 47448   Registrations opens September 1st!   Click HERE for the interesting history of the Abe Martin Inn.   Join us for our first annual Autumn Frost Retreat, nestled in the woods of Brown County State Park. Come ready to write, draw and relax in your coziest sweater, while getting to know our new Indiana Regional Team; RA Angie Karcher, ARA Diane Bradley and IC Teresa Robeson, PLUS... Our Faculty: Executive Editor Mary-Kate Gaudet with Little Brown Books for Young Readers Agent Dawn Frederick with Red Sofa Literary Agent Natascha Morris with Bookends Literary Author/Illustrator and SCBWI Board Member Pat Cummings Librarian Sandra Farag with Ingram Indiana Author Natalie Davis Miller Author Lola Schaefer Shirley Mullin with Kids Ink Bookstore *Session Descriptions coming soon.    This is our conference room. It was once the entrance to the Inn and is book-ended by two gorgeous stone fireplaces.   PLUS sign-up for paid critiques with faculty. We’re also offering remote/face-to-face, portfolio and manuscript critique (Zoom meetings/phone calls) with 2 editors, 2 agents and 4 art directors from the retreat.     Our favorite spot by the fire where we planned this retreat!   When we’re not working, join us for: A wine and cheese gathering on the covered patio on Friday night. Costume Contest and Open Mic on Saturday night. KidLit Cab Team Trivia Game on Sunday night. Monday Intensives, plus stay a few extra days at the lodge or in a rustic cabin on the lake to reflect and create.   Registration Opens September 1, 2019 at We will offer SCBWI discounts on lodging so don't book your rooms yet.     There are miles of trails for hiking so bring your walking stick.     Enjoy the blazing fireplaces on the cool November evenings.     Bring your guitar so we can sing by the campfire while roasting marshmallows. See you this fall!


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Indiana Summer

Webinar Series


Funds National Conference Scholarships for IN Members


July 28th - Author Pat Zietlow Miller

August 18th – Author Ellen Hopkins

Tentatively re-scheduled for September - Author/Illustrator Carolyn Dee Flores

4:00 – 5:15 pm CST  More details coming soon!