SCBWI Mid-Atlantic


Advanced Writers and Illustrators Working Retreat

This year we are happy to offer a writer’s and illustrator's retreat designed for SCBWI PAL members and advanced writers and illustrators 5/31 - 6/2. Our theme is “productivity and connection.” The event will be held at the Roslyn Event Center, a relaxing 150-acre venue on the James River. Lodging, meals, snacks, and WiFi are included, so all you need to do is focus on your own work. You may prefer to work alone, or you may want to attend the retreat with a partner or with members of your critique group.

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Read the Spring Highlighter Journal

The Spring 2024 issue of Highlighter has the theme "Characters." Just as in Rachel Lofton's cover illustration, characters draw us in. They give our stories heart to make them meaningful and relatable for our readers. This issue is packed with tips and insights from Mid-Atlantic kidlit creators to help us bring our characters to life.


Writing in Different Categories from Board Books to Chapter Books

Sometimes, a story idea you might have is better suited for a different category. A picture book idea might be better suited as a chapter book, or an early reader, or a board book. But how do you know? And how do you tackle a new category? Writing across more categories means more opportunities to create and sell stories. Author and illustrator Vicky Fang talks about how to expand your storytelling skills to different categories, including board books, picture books, early readers, graphic novels, and chapter books. She’ll share her process for diving into a new category, as well as basic information to get familiar with each one. She’ll also provide insights into her overall approach to crafting and pitching.


Transforming True Events Into Picture Books

Nancy Churnin will share craft techniques that will show you how to make stories about true events compelling and emotion-filled.


I’ve Got the Power: How to Use Character Agency to Make Your Story Satisfying

Rachael Stein will present a riveting webinar on character agency.


Regional Events


Member Good News

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Our team

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Highlighter Journal


Equity & Inclusion

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Beltways and Bridges: A Kid Lit Road Trip

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

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