The Austin/Central Texas Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators offers regular meetings, open writer and illustrator critique groups, special writing workshops and an annual fall conference. Visitors are always welcome at our monthly meetings. Some of our special events, such as conferences and workshops require pre-registration and may involve a fee. Visit the Calendar section on this site for more details on our upcoming free programs and special events.
We encourage you to come to our meetings and get to know us. The children’s book and teen publishing field is very competitive. You can learn a lot by networking with other writers and illustrators. Our members range from people thinking about their first book to professionals with several books in print. We share an enthusiasm for creating quality children’s books and young adult literature, and a desire to help fellow SCBWI members succeed. So join SCBWI soon and come to our monthly meetings. We’re looking forward to meeting you!
What We Offer
Regular meetings with special guest speakers. See Calendar of Events for details. Meetings are open to the public.
Help for members in finding a critique group.
A Member Directory showcasing our members’ talents and successes.
Mentoring for illustrators and writers through an organization known as AAMP or the Austin Avant-Garde Mentoring Program. AAMP is a network of successful kid-lit artists and writers offering support, providing guidance, and sharing expertise in a highly professional manner. AAMP amplifies a sense of community through a concentrated focus on craft.
Community outreach including book signings and readings at local bookstores, as well as working with public libraries and schools.