A worldwide network for Children's writers and illustrators

Kathleen AHRENS*

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Writers and illustrators for children have a worldwide organisation they can turn to in order to help them improve their craft, provide networking opportunities, and promote their interests regarding copyrights and contracts. The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) has over 20,000 members worldwide in over 70 chapters around the world and represents writers and illustrators in all genres and for all ages. As a professional organisation for children's writers and illustrators, it seeks to offer opportunities for the exchange of ideas between experts in the field, including editors, agents, publishers, librarians, educators, and booksellers. In this article, I'll detail the ways this organisation aids writers and illustrators, and I'll also explain its unique organisation structure, as SCBWI is primarily run by volunteers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-320
Number of pages9
JournalNew Writing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory

User-Defined Keywords

  • children's literature
  • illustrators
  • writers


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