SCBWI Pennsylvania: West


Welcome to SCBWI Pennsylvania: West!

Looking to explore your passion for writing or illustrating children's books? As a member you'll gain access to an array of helpful resources, including information on upcoming events, opportunities to connect with other professionals in the industry, and valuable insights on the art of creating and publishing children's books.

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Writing and Illustrating Picture Books

Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan and Stacy Innerst will shine a light on the picture book making process on October 22 at Blueberry Hill Activity Center. Author Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan will be focusing on picture book manuscripts and the creation of book dummies, and Illustrator Stacy Innerst will be giving a talk on creating picture books. Both of these faculty members will also be offering individualized critiques!


Sketchy Characters

Sketchy Characters is a group of Picture Book writers and artists. We meet in person monthly for writing and sketching and exercises, coffee and casual conversations. Our illustrators work in both digital and traditional mediums. We also talk about upcoming event ideas. This is a supportive community of artists committed to the Kid Lit craft – join us!


Drink 'n Draw

Meet with us for a casual, all-inclusive night of drawing and brews at Trace Brewing in Bloomfield (4312 Main St, Pittsburgh PA 15224) Upcoming dates: Sept 11 at 7pm, Oct 9 at 7pm, and Nov 13 at 7pm. Open to members and non-members alike!


Our Team

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Our Events


Member Meetups


Critique Groups

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Published Members

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Virtual Book Club

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Find an Illustrator

Membership benefits

Jump into a quick overview of the benefits that SCBWI members can enjoy.

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Summer Conference 2023

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