Meetings & Events
SCBWI Western Washington hosts a number of events throughout the year that support your career writing or illustrating children’s books:
Professional Series Meetings
SCBWI WWA hosts monthly meetings on the second Thursday of every month from September through May, excluding April (when we’ll hold our annual conference instead). These Professional Series Meetings typically include two 45-minute sessions or a 30-minute “mini-session” and a 60-minute main program, with a brief business meeting between. We bring in at least one professional speaker for each program, and sometimes several panelists. At January’s unique and popular meeting, we host “The Great Critique”—the ultimate critique experience. For complete details, see Monthly Meetings.
Every year SCBWI WWA hosts a conference dedicated to growing the careers of writers and illustrators by providing craft-related workshops and marketing opportunities for publishing their work. Our conference now attracts more than 400 attendees, making it one of the largest regional conferences within SCBWI. Details about next year’s conference, which will be held in April, will be posted when available on our Annual Conference page.
SCBWI WWA professional retreats for writers and illustrators offer intermediate and advanced writers and illustrators who are published or close to publication a chance to hone their craft and work. Retreats are application-based and usually screened. Information about the upcoming retreat, which takes place in November, will be posted on the Professional Retreats page as it become available.
Inside Story is a twice-yearly salon to celebrate the new books of local authors and illustrators. SCBWI WWA works with local booksellers to host one event each spring and another each fall. During the event, presenters share the “inside story” about their books with local booksellers, librarians, and teachers. For information about the next Inside Story event, please see Inside Story.
Throughout the year our networks offer SCBWI members outside of Seattle a variety of "schmooze" events – gatherings of children's writers and illustrators who are looking to share knowledge, great news, and companionship. Schmoozes are free events – usually roundtable discussions about various topics of interest to children's writers and illustrators. Guest speakers are occasionally featured as well. The Northern Network offers events especially for members living in Skagit and Whatcom Counties; the South Sound Network offers events especially for members living in Pierce, Thurston, and Mason Counties. For information about upcoming network events, please see Network Events.
Master Classes and Special-Interest Workshops
SCBWI WWA offers at least one master class or special-interest workshop each year. Typically held in the fall during daytime hours, these workshops are taught by esteemed industry professionals (e.g., faculty for MFA programs, editors) and geared toward advanced writers and illustrators who are either published or close to publication.
SCBWI International Events
Twice a year SCBWI International brings together top professionals in the children's book industry to share their knowledge and expertise with attendees. These conferences are also excellent networking opportunities for those already established in the children's industry and for those just starting to enter the fantastic (yet demanding) world of children's book writing and illustrating. To learn more about upcoming SCBWI International events that take place in New York and Los Angeles, visit www.scbwi.org.