Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

News and Events: September 2016

Upcoming Events (Click on an event to view details and register):

For all our Chapter Meeting dates, please click on the ‘Events’ link on the purple menu to the right, but below are some highlights. See you then!

September 10 – Southwest Texas Happy Hour! @ the Park North Lion and Rose Pub from 5-7 PM. Come talk about books, writing, illustrating, etc., over drinks. Click here for more details.

September 24 – Member Guadalupe Garcia McCall will be launching her new book Shame the Stars. She’ll be doing a book signing and reading at the San Pedro Crossing Barnes and Noble at 2 PM on September 24. Save the date! Congrats, Guadalupe!

October 29 – Picture Book Salon: Ask the Librarian @ UIW Bonilla Science Hall RM 129 from 10 – noon. Details Here.

December 3 – Holiday Party.TBD


Other Events (these are outside of SCBWI):

The Writing Barn in Austin is hosting some great events in the South Austin Area. The Writing Barn is a great supporter of SCBWI, and we encourage you to attend some of their great workshops. You can view the calendar and all event details at


Member Catherine Stier will be teaching an NEISD Community education calss this fall for adults on writing picture books for children. The class is called “Beyond Once Upon a Time: Writing Children’s Picture Books with Author Catherine Stier.”

Course description:  Writing picture books for publication is a deceptively complex pursuit that requires dedication and an understanding of this genre and current market practices. Award-winning author Catherine Stier will offer insights on crafting stories and non-fiction works that engage young children. She will discuss myths of writing for children, current trends in traditional publishing and the experience of working with critique groups and editors to complete a final draft. Participants will be invited to write, share, and receive feedback on their own picture book manuscript in class.

 The course will be held at Reagan High School and will run for 4 weeks. Fee is $85. For more information, and to sign up for the class, visit


Awards/ Honors:

To view the guidelines, submission process, and more about the award itself, visit and click on “Awards & Grants” on the purple ribbon.


Member News:

Member Xavier Garza has just signed a contract with Arte Publico Press for his thirteenth book, titled Just One Itsy Bitsy Little Bite, a new book that will be a Day of the Dead Cuento. Congrats, Xavier!

Member Catherine Stier will have an article published resulting from the picture book research she conducted while at UTSA along with her professor and other peers. This will be published in academic journal Children’s Literature in Education. The article is called “Judging a Book by Its Cover: An Investigation of Peritextual Features in Caldecott Award Books.” You can read it here. Congrats, Catherine! Great work!



Texas SCBWI Events

Austin:  September 24 – Project Picture Book – Picture Book Workshop in Round Rock

Details here.


Brazos Valley:  November 11-13, Work-on-your-own Beach Retreat

Details here.


Houston:  October 22 – Houston Conference Registration Open Now! Surrender to the Story.

Details here.


North Texas:  September 24– Publishing Knights of the Revision Round Table Retreat

Details here.


Let us know if you have any news you would like to share with the chapter by emailing See you soon, be safe, and Happy Holidays!

Tandy & Carolyn (Regional Advisor & Illustrator Coordinator)