The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) was formed in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles-based writers for children and now has more than 19,000 members worldwide in over 70 regions. It 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.
SCBWI sponsors two annual international conferences on writing and illustrating for children, in New York and Los Angeles, as well as dozens of regional conferences and events throughout the world. It also publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, offers awards and grants for works in progress, and provides many informational publications on the art and business of writing and selling written, illustrated, and electronic material.
SCBWI presents the annual Golden Kite Award for the best fiction and nonfiction books and the Sid Fleischman Humor Award. In 2013, SCBWI announced the Spark Award, an annual award that recognizes excellence in a children’s book published through a non-traditional publishing route.
To find out more about the SCBWI international organization, visit www.scbwi.org and see what SCBWI is doing in countries all around the world.
History of SCBWI Ireland
The Irish Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, SCBWI Ireland, was begun on November 24th 2007. Our membership includes published and aspiring writers and illustrators.
SCBWI Ireland is for anyone who lives in Ireland or Northern Ireland and writes and/or illustrates stories for children, ranging from picture books to middle grade books to novels for young adults.
Where in Ireland are you based? We have informal gatherings regularly in Cork to try to give all our members a chance to attend in person. For more information about upcoming in-person gatherings, see our “Meet-Ups” page. If you can’t meet in person, you can always keep in touch online through this website or through our Twitter account or Facebook page.
SCBWI champions critiquing as a means to advance your craft. Find a local group, join an online critique group, or start up your own!
SCBWI Ireland has an online critique group, called Scribblers, that “meets” once a month. It runs from September to June each year. Fore more information, see the “Scribblers” page.
We organize an annual event, a seminar, workshop, conference, or another opportunity for our members to learn more about the crafts of writing and illustrating, and to learn more about getting published if that is your goal.
SCBWI Ireland Banner
Designed by Sarah Bowie, illustrator and SCBWI Ireland member.