SCBWI Local Chapters

Houston SCBWI Newsletter

August 2022

Illustration by Marissa Valdez



Greetings from your Co-RA!

Sending greetings to my fellow creatives as the summer’s end is in sight! (Say it ain’t so!) I hope you have had a wonderful summer full of writing, illustrating, or even a vacation somewhere exotic to get those recreative juices flowing. I enjoyed hosting my very first monthly meeting this July! It was such a pleasure to spend time with everyone in attendance. Our next meeting is on August 1st. We will be chatting with Sara Megibow. Bring your publishing questions with you to the meeting.

Looking ahead, we have so many things in the works. Some of them are pretty down-low for now. But I can share that we are planning a few in-person mini-workshops. This will give us all more opportunities to mingle a little while also tweaking our crafts.

Quick reminder: We have several volunteer positions available for the taking: Critique Group Coordinator, Membership Coordinator, and PAL Coordinator. If you would like to join the crew, please consider applying.

We are always rooting for you all! If you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to reach out.

Kaye Marc-Charles

Co-RA, SCBWI Houston

Photo: Kaye Marc-Charles


Claire Hart-Palumbo just finished directing THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND by Tom Stoppard at Main Street Theater in Rice Village. It was a critical and box office success! While you may be familiar with the MST children's theater, this play is on the main stage at Times Blvd and is for adults. Through August 13th. Box Office 713-524-6706.

Alda P. Dobbs' book launch celebration for THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER will be at Brazos Bookstore on Saturday, September 3rd at 3PM! Join and celebrate!

Have News? Share It With Us!

Please submit your author/illustrator news for the next newsletter to Lisa Chow by the 25th of the month via this form.

Any form submissions that include an event with a time/location can be added to our regional calendar!



This month's topic: PROFIT STRATEGY IN PUBLISHING: Behind the Scenes

Monday, August 1st

7pm-9pm CT (via zoom)

How does an agent craft profit-strategy for her authors? Sara will go behind-the-scenes to share how distribution, formats, subsidiary rights and publicity affect profit and how authors can evaluate these things to make great choices for their own author careers.

Sara Megibow (she/her) is a literary agent with kt literary out of Highlands Ranch, CO. She has worked in publishing since 2006 and represents New York Times bestselling authors including Rebecca Roanhorse, Casey McQuiston, Margaret Rogerson and Jaleigh Johnson. Sara specializes in launching debut authors and working on long-term career development and profit strategy with them. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with degrees in Women’s Studies, Gender Studies and American History. Always LGBTQIA+ Friendly!


Saturday, August 13

10AM – 12PM

A 2nd Cup

1111 E. 11th Street

Houston, TX 77009

Calling all illustrators and aspiring illustrators! Please join us, grab a cup of coffee and get to know your fellow illustrators!

Feel free to bring something you’ve been working on, come with questions or just come to mingle!


*We are open to location ideas and topic suggestions for future illustrator events. Have an area of expertise to share? Know of a fabulous spot to sketch? Send your thoughts to 


A Writing Barn



with Caroline Leech

August 6, 2PM-5PM CT


Do you feel queasy at the idea of talking about your book in public? Then join Houston YA author, Caroline Leech, to learn how to make the mindset-shift needed so you can share your most confident and professional author self with the public. Online at The Writing Barn, this 3-hour webinar will be full of fun interactive activities to help you conquer your fears and present yourself and your books with perfect preparation and a positive attitude.

Register at The Writing Barn

This is for informational purposes only and SCBWI in no way endorses the advertiser. We can only endorse SCBWI events and opportunities. Before doing anything with another organization, do your research to make sure the opportunity is right for you.

SCBWI Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia


with Jess Rinker

Wednesday, August 3

6:30PM - 8PM ET


A huge part of writing is understanding how people tick and WHY they do or say anything. And the key to storytelling is understanding why your main character does what she does. You must psychoanalyze her! Join Jess Rinker in discussion, tips and exercises on ways to mine these important details from your characters, and how the question WHY can help you settle on your protagonists wants, desires, fears, and more in order to craft a heartfelt story.

Register here.

SCBWI Kansas/Missouri


with Taylor Abatiell and Heather Brockman Lee

Saturday, August 13

9AM - 3:15PM CT


Learn the detailed breakdown of an illustrator's workflow, tips for making a promotional postcard, discussion of traditional vs digital medium and finding balance as an illustrator!

More information and register here.

SCBWI Indiana

PAL Presentation: Janna Matthies

Saturday, August 27

10AM - 11AM ET

In poetry and in picture books, every word has always needed to pack a full punch. In this webinar we’ll explore how authors can make the most of their word choices, whether in rhyme or prose, fiction or informational/nonfiction.

More information and register here.

Find many more Regional Virtual Events from the SCBWI website.

Volunteer Opportunities

CRICKET MEDIA is excited to be part of the launch of the National Partnership for Student Success (NPSS), a diverse coalition that connects nonprofits, school districts, state and local education agencies, federal agencies, philanthropy, and national and community organizations to support increased access to and implementation of student support programs, provide technical assistance and research to enhance program effectiveness, and help to recruit AmeriCorps members and volunteers to the effort. 


Individuals can help make an impact by volunteering to eMentor 3-8th graders for the 2022-23 school year here.

This is for informational purposes only and SCBWI in no way endorses the advertiser. We can only endorse SCBWI events and opportunities. Before doing anything with another organization, do your research to make sure the opportunity is right for you.



By Jim Smolski

Lucky Penny

I'm going to live a long life.

Years. I'll have so many.

I hope someday I can say.

I was someone's lucky penny.


The smallest ray of sunshine can start a leaf to turn and look with hope. 

I want to be the sunshine that creates that moment for at least one leaf every day.


Illustrator Corner

Calling all illustrators! We want to feature you! Please submit your completed works to for a chance to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.

Suggestion Box

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Our Volunteers

Regional Team

Co-Regional Advisor:

Meghan Senkel

Co-Regional Advisor:

Kaye Marc-Charles

Asst. Regional Advisor:

Lynne Kelly

Illustrators Coordinator:

Lisa Chow

Regional Advisor Emeritus:

Vicki Sansum

Chapter Volunteers

Newsletter & Webmaster:

Lisa Chow

Monthly Program Chair & Evite List:

Cheryl McCosh

Critique Group Coordinator:


Social Media Chair:

Heather Walters   

Chapter Logo and Header Design by Marissa Valdez

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