SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  • At Brazos Valley SCBWI, we are working to create an Equity and Inclusion team to help our membership better reflect the diversity of Texas and the Brazos Valley. If you are interested in joining our team, please email brazosvalley-ra @ scbwi.org . The Equity and Inclusion team will receive trainings and support from SCBWI HQ and SCBWI's Equity and Inclusion officer, April Powers. We invite you to check out SCBWI's EI Resource Library here. SCBWI Statement of Intent on Equity and Inclusion At SCBWI, we recognize that publicly committing to equity and inclusion is crucial to our membership and the readers we serve. Words, stories, and images are powerful: They define who we are for ourselves and for others. Historically, content creation that reaches a wide audience of children and teens has been intertwined with a legacy of privilege, oppression, bias, and racism. We acknowledge that, as part of the children’s publishing industry, we share in that legacy.   We accept the challenge and responsibility of becoming agents of change by affirming the need for increased representation in every facet of the children’s and YA book industry, including but not limited to race/ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity (including gender expression), socioeconomic status, caste, geography, citizenship, body size, veteran status, and religion. To fulfill our mission of supporting the creation and availability of quality books for every young reader in all regions of the world, we commit to championing equity and inclusion throughout our organization by striving to:   –identify and dismantle inequities within our policies and practices –expand inclusivity in our leadership, membership, and volunteer corps –increase the social consciousness of our members through substantive learning opportunities –continually examine and renew that commitment in our events, programming, online initiatives, publications, awards and grants, community outreach, and education efforts   As creators of books for children and teens, we have both a unique responsibility and a powerful opportunity to help young people create an equitable, inclusive world. We look forward to listening, learning, and leading. For more information, please click here.
  • Brazos Valley SCBWI is pleased to announce two scholarships for the SCBWI Winter Conference (held virtually, Feb 19-21). Scholarship applications will close Feb 2nd at midnight CST. Winners will be drawn at random and announced on Feb 3rd. Scroll down for more information. Apply to either scholarship here. BV SCBWI member scholarship information: - Open to all Brazos Valley SCBWI members. -This scholarship will cover HALF the cost of registration ($75 out of the $150 total member registration fee). Winners who have already registered for the conference will be reimbursed $75. - Please take a moment to ensure your membership is current before applying.   Amplifying Unsung Voices scholarship information: - Open to members and non-members residing in the Brazos Valley SCBWI region* who identify as part of groups that are traditionally underrepresented in children's publishing. In accordance with SCBWI's statement of intent on equity and inclusion, this includes but is not limited to race/ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity (including gender expression), socioeconomic status, caste, geography, citizenship, body size, veteran status, and religion. -The scholarship will cover HALF the cost of registration ($75 of the $150 total member registration fee OR $125 of the $250 total non-member registration fee). Winners who have already registered for the conference will be reimbursed. - *Please note, the Brazos Valley region of SCBWI includes the following counties: Anderson, Angelina, Bell, Brazos, Burleson, Cherokee, Coryell, Freestone, Grimes, Houston, Lampasas, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Madison, McLennan, Milam, Nacogdoches, Robertson, San Augustine, Trinity and Washington.
  • Click here to take our member survey.  If you haven’t answered our member survey yet, please take a moment to do so. Your answers will help us better tailor our programming and resources to our region. Even if your membership hasn't been renewed for a while, we would like to hear from you. Your entry will be private and anonymous.
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About Us

The Brazos Valley region is a vibrant place for writers and illustrators to grow in their careers. Our region is small in numbers but big in terms of success. SCBWI-BV has many published writers and a few have received national awards in recognition of their work. We are colleagues, cheerleaders

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Covid 19 Update

For the time being, in-person events including our Monthly Meeting and the Brazos Valley Book Report will be conducted via Zoom. Both these ongoing events continue to be free and open to the public, but require registration in order to safeguard them from unwelcome hackers. Visit our Events page, select the event and scroll down to fill out the registration form.

The silver lining: While we miss meeting in-person, the online format does provide us with several great benefits. We can now provide replays of our monthly meetings for members that cannot attend live and can more easily invite guests outside of the Brazos Valley. If you have an idea for a meeting topic or guest, please let us know! 

In-person critique groups
If you are part of an in-person critique group, we ask that you please consider moving to an online format. We understand that this may be daunting. Please reach out to brazosvalley-ra@scbwi.org for guidance on choosing and setting up online tools that will work best for your group.

Upcoming Regional Events

BV Book Report

Jan 14, 2021

January Meeting - Creative Goals workshop

Jan 29, 2021

BV Book Report

Feb 11, 2021

February Meeting - Studio tour with Illustrator Adriana Bergstrom

Feb 26, 2021

     

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December 2020 Newsletter

 

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For SCBWI news in Spanish, check out La Cometa. Noticias de SCBWI en español están disponibles en La Cometa