Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


Along with our annual Falling Leaves Master Class Retreat in Silver Bay on Lake George–we have a host of other activities to keep writers and illustrators in the publishing loop! Visit our upcoming events page.

Attend our free monthly Shop Talks! While writing and illustrating children’s books is often a solitary art, many SCBWI members enjoy getting together with like-minded individuals.

Whether you want to hear the latest “inside scoop” on editors or you just want to talk to others who understand what you’re going through, attend a “Shop Talk” session near you. We have monthly meetings in the Capital District and the Mid-Hudson areas. Members and non-members alike are welcome and attendance is always free.

Our Eastern NY Region is a part of the larger SCBWI organization. Founded in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles-based children’s writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is one of the largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals working in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. Several of the most prestigious children’s literature professionals sit on the SCBWI Board of Advisors.

SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. It serves as a consolidated voice for professional writers and illustrators the world over. As a unified body, SCBWI acts as a powerful force to effect important changes within the field of children’s literature, promoting new copyright legislation, equitable treatment of authors and artists, and fair contract terms. There are currently more than 22,000 members worldwide, in over 70 regional chapters, making it the largest children’s writing organization in the world.