The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, formed in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles-based writers for children, is the only international organization to offer a variety of services to people who write, illustrate, or share a vital interest in children’s literature. The SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. There are currently more than 12,000 members worldwide, in over 70 regions, making it the largest children’s writing organization in the world.
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
8271 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048 USA
Northern Ohio Chapter
In 1990, Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton began the Ohio Chapter of SCBWI. She served as the regional advisor for many years. During that time we assisted Southern Ohio to begin a chapter. Since then the Ohio chapters have grown by leaps and bounds and have been led by many fine, dedicated volunteers who have given their time and energy.
Goals include more genre-specific events geared toward honing the craft of writing and illustrating for all levels of writers and illustrators.
All those involved with SCBWI work in a volunteer capacity. Contact the local chapter board with questions, to volunteer, or to make suggestions.
Meetings and Events
Times and Locations vary
Most, but not all, meetings are held:
Third Saturday of the month
10am to 12noon
See our Calendar of Events for a schedule of upcoming meeting and events.
Every September the chapter hosts a regional conference in Cleveland, attracting writings and illustrators from throughout the country. Keynote speakers, vendors, publishers, critiques and an Illustrators Showcase are some of the highlights. Get more information about the Northern Ohio SCBWI Conference on our Conference page, linked in the sidebar.
Online Critique Groups and Message Board
Open to all chapter members, the online message board connects writers and illustrators across Ohio! Login now…
Area Critique Groups
Groups meet in West Akron, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Solon, Toledo, Youngstown-Trumbull. Groups for illustrators and middle-grade/young adult writers are now forming. Find or start a critique group on our critique group page.
The SCBWI is a nonprofit organization and totally volunteer-run. We are always interested in volunteers. We have a wonderful circle of people who make this group work like a well oiled machine, but there’s always room for more. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.