Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Coordinate a Meeting/Social or Workshop

What’s the difference between a Meeting/Social and a Workshop?


A Meeting/Social: Until further notice all SCBWI socials are virtual

  • Is a small informal 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 (after we are meeting in person again!)
  • Allows no children

Meetings/Socials are currently regular Midsouth events in Tennessee socials are held in: Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville; and in Kentucky events are held in Louisville and Lexington. For more information on how to start a virtual social in your area, contact Susan Eaddy and Genetta Adair.


A Workshop:

  • Is a craft-oriented gathering with a specific focus – an event with a higher level of expertise than a social
  • 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 Co-Regional Advisors, Susan Eaddy and Erica Rodgers. Regional advisors must pre-approve all SCBWI activities and speakers.