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. 

Join us this spring!


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!


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

Thank you to all who joined us for our first ever Editors & Agents Day! Follow the link below to read more about this event and stay tuned for an announcement about next year!

Looking Back: 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 started with a 30-minute inspirational talk and some goal-setting before we launched into work. We hope you enjoyed these events!


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 back: In-person Fall Craft Intensives

Intensives are classroom sized sessions that allow for a deep-dive into an element of craft. Besides instruction, intensives can also include time for activities such as: drawing and writing exercises, group work, sharing, feedback, and discussion.


Everyone who registers for an intensive is encouraged to attend our lunch social from 12-1 pm to spend extra time with the faculty, meet creators with similar interests, and catch up with old friends. Lunch is included in tuition. 


September 30: Reston, VA

We had a day full of craft sessions from rhyming picture books to mining your memories for more authentic writing to researching your next project and learning the skills to be a better illustrator in September.


October 14: Charlottesville, VA

We offered a day of intensives in Charlottesville, VA, a beautiful location, especially in the fall, and a great place to find some inspiration.