SCBWI Benelux Chapter

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Welkom, Bienvenue, Wëllkomm!

Welcome to SCBWI Benelux (Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands), your gateway to a world of inspiration and support for children's book creators! Whether you're a writer, illustrator, or translator, our community is here to nurture your creativity and provide valuable insights into the craft and publishing industry.

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Benelux Programming

Online and in person, we meet regularly to grow and connect as kidlit creatives. Check out our upcoming events and join us!

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October 5: Workshop with Paddy Donnelly

In this special workshop, award-winning illustrator and author Paddy Donnelly walks through how to get started in picture books. He will share his process and tips for polishing your portfolio, pitching to agents, and generating strong ideas. Workshop includes practical exercises so you are guaranteed to leave with new ideas for your own work. PLUS: Get Paddy's professional feedback on your artwork in a one-on-one critique.

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October 13: Behind the Scenes with Senior Executive Editor Sara Sargent

In this one-hour event, discover the magic behind the pages with Sara Sargent, Senior Executive Editor at Random House Children’s Books. Join us for a live interview with a top acquiring editor and dive into the world of publishing. Then go behind the scenes and watch Sara at work as she unveils the artistry of manuscript editing in real time.


October 20-22: Fall Retreat

Escape to the serene and picturesque town of Spa for an unforgettable experience at the Benelux Writing and Illustrators Retreat from October 20th to 22nd, 2023. Take this opportunity to dedicate quality time to your writing, plotting, revising, or sketching. You'll be among kindred spirits, sharing tips and stories with fellow authors and illustrators who understand your passion and dedication. After your creative endeavors, treat yourself to a well-deserved reward at the hotel's relaxing spa. Join us! We hope to see you there!


Be Part of Our Community

Connect with like-minded individuals, access a wealth of information, and embark on a journey of growth and collaboration. Join us today and unlock a world of possibilities. Let's create captivating stories together that will ignite young imaginations and leave a lasting impact.

Upcoming Events

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September Illustrator Huddle

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Workshop: Picture Books with Paddy Donnelly

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2023 Fall Retreat

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Interview with Executive Editor Sara Sargent

Meet the Benelux Team

Regional Advisor Fanély Gouguet, based in Luxembourg

Assistant Regional Advisor Mayra Calvani, based in Belgium

Regional Advisor Kara Frost, based in the Netherlands

Coordinator Dean Wallis, based in Belgium

Newsletter Editor Esther Scherpenisse, based in the Netherlands

Fanely Gouguet
Regional Advisor
Mayra Calvani
Assistant Regional Advisor
Kara Frost
Illustrator Coordinator
Dean Wallis
Esther Scherpenisse

Membership benefits

Jump into a quick overview of the benefits that SCBWI members can enjoy.

Becoming a translator

Translation: Some Frequently Asked Questions, by Avery Udagawa