Additional Volunteer Information

Our Regional Advisor (RA), Laura, and her assistant work together on regional events. Laura is in charge of the region as a whole, including events, PAL opportunities, and the bimonthly newsletter. She oversees a team of volunteers who coordinate or help plan our upcoming activities. Laura signed up for a 5-year volunteer term beginning June 2018 and again in 2023. Our region has two Oregon Regional Advisor Emeritae: Judi Gardiner and Robin Koontz.

📧 How you can communicate with Laura and the Advisory Committee?: Send an email! (email addresses found on Regional Team page)

Critique group info goes to Please see the critique group page if you want to join a critique group and can’t find one.

Newsletter: Illustrations, articles, event info, good news, etc. to In the subject line, please put: NEWSLETTER, your name, and what you’re sending.

Website corrections, additions, or info about broken links goes to Becky Lance.

We are also looking for more volunteers for our volunteer-led region. There are long term commitments–minimum of a year, such as the Advisory Committee–one time event positions, and volunteer at home positions. Without volunteers, events, and services don’t happen in our region. If you’re willing, we can put you to work. Please email to let us know how you’d like to help. And don’t worry, we won’t assign you something without talking to you!

Open Volunteer Positions


📌 Critique Group Coordinator

The Critique Group Coordinator oversees all the critique groups advertised through SCBWI Oregon, answers inquiries, and serves on the Advisory Committee.


📌 Publicity Coordinator

Our publicity coordinator will advertise SCBWI Oregon events and some PAL events (book signings, launch parties, etc.) on our Facebook, X, and Instagram pages, and serve on the Advisory Committee. This is a great chance to interact with followers on social media.


📌 Write Direction Coordinator

The Write Direction Coordinator facilitates communication between the Regional Team and Write Direction Leaders, answers leader and member questions, and serves on the Advisory Committee.


📌 Write Direction Leaders

Write Direction leaders pick a public place (think coffee shop or library) or host a Zoom meeting monthly. This meetup can be for talking, critiquing, or even inviting a member to share their new book. It can be in the same place (good for continuity) or move around if the area is large. Leaders are not required to be at every meeting, but should make sure someone is in charge when they are gone.


CONNECTIONS are geographically-based groups for the purpose of networking for our SCBWI members in areas away from the Portland metro area where most of our events are held. Each area has one or more representatives. These representatives, under the authority of the RA, may plan local events in specific subsets of our region. Want your area covered? Find out what volunteering entails by contacting Laura.