Coordinate a Schmooze or Workshop

What’s the difference between a Schmooze and a Workshop?


A Schmooze:

  • Is a small social gathering – networking at its finest
  • Is an event that strengthens the membership’s feeling of unity and facilitates creative networking
  • May include discussions or presentations about the publishing industry as a whole
  • May be a time for attendees to share industry news with each other
  • May be a time to share technical information with each other
  • May be a time for group critiques
  • May be a time to discuss favorite children’s books
  • May take an hour or two at the most
  • Is free to attendees
  • Needs to be held at a free (or very low-cost) facility like a library, church, or school
  • Allows no children

Schmoozes are currently regular Midsouth events in Nashville, Memphis, Cookeville, and Louisville. Contact Kristin Tubb to have your event listed on our events calendar or to get more information on how to start a schmooze in your area. 

A Workshop:

  • Is a craft-oriented gathering with a specific focus – an event with a higher level of expertise than a schmooze
  • Is an opportunity to explore, in-depth, an aspect of writing or illustrating with intent to make a profit
  • May take anywhere from a couple of hours to a full day
  • Charges an attendance fee (enough to cover a nice speaker honorarium and pay expenses) and SCBWI members must be charged less than non-members
  • Includes at least one paid speaker
  • Allows no children

If you’d like to coordinate a workshop, please prepare an event proposal including a date, location, schedule, and possible speaker(s) you’d like to invite. Also prepare a budget and send it with the proposal to the Regional Advisor, Kristin Tubb and the Workshop Coordinator, Shirley Amitrano. Regional advisors must pre-approve all SCBWI activities and speakers.