Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

About Midsouth

When you become a member of SCBWI Midsouth, you are automatically a member internationally. Regional offerings include: 

  • An annual fall conference 
  • A Facebook page 
  • A Twitter account 
  • Midsouth Writers Network Facebook Group – Contact Rachel Kenyon to join
  • Midsouth Illustrators Network Facebook Group – Contact Mary Uhles to join
  • Various volunteer-organized activities. Many of our members are experienced speakers and enjoy presenting workshops at schools, libraries, and conferences. Contact co-regional advisors Susan Eaddy or Erica Rodgers if you have questions.
  • An online listserv: Many of our Midsouth members are members of the Kidbooks listserv which allows children’s book authors and illustrators to interact, and share information, including SCBWI events. It is technically not an SCBWI affiliated listserv. The listserv is free and open to anyone with an interest in writing and/or illustrating for children. You don’t need to live in the Midsouth or be a member of SCBWI to join. Contact listserv moderator Diane Telgen for more information. 
  • At our annual fall conference, Midsouth members bring new and gently used children’s books to donate to a variety of causes. Past beneficiaries have included a homeless shelter for Nashville families, an in-need school in Kentucky, four schools in Joplin, MO that had been devastated by a tornado, and Book ‘Em, a Nashville-area literacy program. Hundreds of books are donated each year by our generous members.
  • The SCBWI Midsouth Mentorship Program exists to connect unpublished writers with established professionals in their field over a nine-month period. Through the mentoring relationship, mentees will receive critique and career advice to give them a “hand up” in the world of children’s publishing.
  • The Midsouth SCBWI Equity & Inclusion initiative is dedicated to promoting, encouraging, and uplifting under-represented voices in the children’s book industry, including but not limited to, those who identify as Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA+, religious minorities and those with disabilities. The E&I team we are building is enthusiastic about cultivating a caring and supportive environment that enables all SCBWI members to thrive in their art.