SCBWI South Africa

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Welcome to SCBWI South Africa

We are a thriving community of writers, illustrators and translators and we welcome anyone with a professional interest in children's publishing. We hold meetings in Cape Town and Gauteng as well as hosting regular online meetings to allow members from across the country to participate. Meetings include critique sessions, illustrating and writing workshops, opportunities to develop your craft and presentations by editors of publishing houses and other experts from the publishing industry. Whether you're published or an aspiring writer or illustrator, our regular meetings and enthusiastic whatsapp groups provide the support and advice you are looking for in a warm and welcoming environment. Join us!

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Workshops and Events

We are a thriving community of writers, illustrators and translators and we welcome anyone with a professional interest in children's publishing. We hold meetings in Cape Town and Gauteng as well as hosting regular online meetings to allow members from across the country to participate. Meetings include critique sessions, illustrating and writing workshops, opportunities to develop your craft and presentations by editors of publishing houses and other experts from the publishing industry. Whether you're published or an aspiring writer or illustrator, our regular meetings and enthusiastic whatsapp groups provide the support and advice you are looking for in a warm and welcoming environment. Join us!

Meet the Team

Our Writers & Illustrators

Upcoming Events

Our Blog

Illustrator and Writer Zoom Meet-ups

Our South African SCBWI illustrators meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 10:30am SAST via Zoom. To join, please contact our Illustrator Coordinator, Emily House.


Our South African SCBWI writers meet bi-monthly via Zoom. For more information and to join, please contact our Regional Advisor, Elaine Ridge at southafrica-ra@scbwi.org.

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Featured Illustrator - Gabby Correia

Our June featured illustrator is Gabby Correia. To find out more about her and see more of her illustrations/books please take a look at her profile:

To be eligible for our monthly "Featured Illustrator" spot, please make sure you are a paid up South Africa member and have at least 3 portfolio pieces in your profile. You will be contacted by our website administrator if you have been selected for the upcoming month.

Past Featured Illustrators

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May - Juani Scholtz

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April - Jesse Breytenbach

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March - Nicola Smith

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Feb - Karen Ahlschlager

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

Keep in touch

To inquire about local events, awards, or opportunities, please email southafrica-ra@scbwi.org


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