SCBWI for YA: What is it? Why do they give me money?

Some of you have asked me multiple publishing questions that I can answer with one reply.

Q. Where do I go to find young adult writing support in Seattle, to make connections with NY publishing houses, to meet other writers/agents/editors/illustrators, to learn more about publishing?

A.  Why, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, of course!

SCBWI is a great organization, and we in Seattle are lucky to have a very active local Western Washington chapter. Our people rock. Our writers rock. SCBWI just rocks across the nation. They also provide grants and awards to encourage new and diverse voices, as well as talent. What a great community!

I went to the LA conference last year with some very good writing friends, and we had a ball. It’s big and extensive and exhausting and wonderful. I’m hoping to go again this year to LA in 2016. Details open in April. If you want to know more about publishing, take excellent seminars, and meet people, this is the place.

And if you want to stay close to home, get involved with the local chapter with me! I currently have a class that meets Wednesday nights, which is when our local chapter has its meetings. But once class is over, I’m looking forward to meeting a bunch of new people at the events. Let me know if you want to come with in the comments section and we’ll connect!


“Membership in the SCBWI is open to anyone with an active interest in children’s literature or media. We welcome aspiring and published writers and illustrators, librarians, educators, artists, students, dramatists, musicians, filmmakers, and others. A passion for children’s literature is our #1 criterion. Your first year of membership in the SCBWI is $95. The annual renewal fee is $80.”


“[SCBWI] is one of the largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia.  Our mission is to support the creation and availability of quality children’s books around the world. We accomplish this by fostering a vibrant community of individuals who bring books for young readers to the public including writers, illustrators, translators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers, bloggers, enthusiasts and others. We provide education and support for these individuals  and the community through our awards, grants, programs and events. We strive to increase the quality and quantity of children’s books in the marketplace, and act as a consolidated voice for writers and illustrators of children’s books worldwide.”