Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

News and Events: October 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!

October 29 – Picture Book Salon: Ask the Librarian @ UIW Bonilla Science Hall RM 129 from 10 AM to NOON. Details found here.


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


Writing Picture Books I (WPB I) with Charlotte Sullivan: Building A Picture Book $280 ($40/session). 7 sessions, 2.5 hours each. Classes capped at 7-8 students. Two sections offered: Wednesdays – PM CLASSES (10/5 – 11/30) and Thursdays – AM CLASSES (10/6 to 12/1).

Class description: In this course, students will dig into the fundamentals of creating picture books. Discussions will focus on techniques for creative process, how to focus and develop a project, how to establish a unifying style and structure, and how keep “the child audience” at the center. As we address craft and process, we’ll closely examine published books and touch on realities of the market. In-class and take-home exercises will bridge craft concepts to students’ actual work. This class is open to beginners and experienced writers looking to explore familiar concepts in new ways. Writers and illustrators are welcome, though the class will be approached from a writing perspective.

For more information or to register for this class, contact with the following information:

1)      A brief manuscript in progress OR a brief description of a project idea

2)      Provide a brief statement about where you are in your creative journey (Brand new to picture books? Been working for a long time? Published?)

3)      Indicate the section you wish to attend: Wed PM or Thurs AM.


Member Catherine Stier will be teaching an NEISD Community education class this fall for adults on writing picture books for children 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:


Texas SCBWI Events

Austin:  October 8 – Monthly Meeting – How to not be Weird and other Branding Tips with Tannie Smith

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:  October 22 – Drawn to Write Children’s Books with Author/Illustrator/Editor Ben Clanton

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)