Beltways and Bridges:

A KidLit Road Trip

Welcome to Beltways and Bridges, SCBWI Mid-Atlantic’s year-long program to help creators build confidence in their work and make stronger connections to our regional community.

Each season will introduce a new stop on our road trip. In September and October we offered craft intensives with award-winning authors from our own area to jumpstart our projects. As we head into the colder months, let's settle in for in-person and virtual write-ins and draw-ins and inspire each other to keep creating. In the spring, we’ll shift our focus to revision and preparing materials for submission.

The culmination of the program will be a day-long event with editors, agents, and other publishing professionals in April. Space will be limited for this event and attendees will have opportunities for mingling, pitching, and learning. 

While we might start on this road trip together, we know everyone’s journey is different and we hope Bridges to Beltways will meet you where you need it the most.

Stay tuned for more information about our spring events and in the meantime check out our upcoming fall/winter write-ins and draw-ins. 

Free Fall and Winter Write-Ins

Writing and illustrating books can be a solitary endeavor. But, working on your own project while surrounded by fellow creatives can help inspire productivity and motivation. Each write-in will start with a 30-minute inspirational talk and some goal-setting before we launch into work. Snacks will be provided! 

Interested in giving a 30-min inspirational talk at one of our write-ins? We're taking proposals until Aug 30th. Submit here!


Richmond, VA

November 11th, 1-4pm at the Chesterfield County Public Library. Speaker: Author Ashley Wilda. Registration opens Oct 28.


Northern VA

Join us Jan 13th at the James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library with author Alana Tyson and Feb 18th at Shirlington Library with author Terry Catasús Jennings



Author/illustrator Katie Erickson will kick off our virtual write-in with tips on how to find your flow. Jan 29th, 7-9pm EST

Looking ahead:


Editors & Agents Day, April 27th in Dulles, VA

Editors & Agents Day is a one-day event with 4 agents, 4 editors, and 1 art agent. Space will be limited to the first 72 registrants. The morning includes two publishing panels and the afternoon is reserved for pitching and moderated chats at ten different roundtables. Each roundtable will have ten people: 8 attendees, 1 moderator, and 1 agent or editor. Attendees will be able to choose 3 different roundtables based on their interests and publishing goals.


Working Retreat for Advanced Writers and Illustrators, 5/31-6/2 in Richmond

A weekend to work on your project, reach your goals, and meet other creatives. More information soon!