Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  • 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 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    
  • 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 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
  •     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  
  •   New York Winter Conference ~ February 7-9, 2020 at the Grand Hyatt New York Registration for the 2020 SCBWI Winter Conference in New York City opens today! If you’ve ever thought about attending one of the bigger conferences, this will be a good one! The featured special guest is Author James Patterson! The conference and hotel rooms sell out quickly so check it out right away if you’re interested. Here’s the link to register for the conference: Here’s the link to book your hotel room: Please contact Angie with questions or if you’re going!

2020 Winter Webinar Series

For details and registration click HERE!


Click HERE to read the Winter Newsletter!

 Thank you Tanya for all your work on this!


Introducing our NEW 2020 Mentor Program!

Thank you Diane for all your work on this!

Fiction or Non-fiction Picture Books Mentor - Judith L. Roth

Chapter books, Middle grade and Young Adult Books Mentor - Sharon Biggs Waller


Winter Webinar Series:

Registration OPEN!

Click HERE for details and registration!

The Oakhurst Home, Ball State University

Save the Dates for these exciting one-day conferences:

March 28th - Illustrator's Day

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

The Oakhurst Home, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana


May 23rd - Nonfiction Day

with Author Jen Swanson

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana


September 12th - Diversity Day

with Author Linda Sue Park

Minnetrista Gathering Place, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana


*Details and registration coming soon.