August 2022

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Upcoming Brazos Valley Events

Come learn how SCBWI can help you develop, launch and sustain a career in children’s literature. Whether you’re an illustrator, writer, editor, translator or don’t even know yet, we have great information and resources to share. Current and lapsed members will learn about benefits and resources you may not be aware of. You will not be pressured to join SCBWI during this meeting.

Register for the monthly meeting here
Register for the next BV Book Report here

 Summer Conference Wrap up! 

SCBWI's annual summer conference was a great success! Attendees were able to learn from industry pros and award winning kid lit creators such as Dhonielle Clayton, Jessixa Bagley, and Donna Barba Higuera as well as participate in over 35 breakout sessions. 

We were able to provide two scholarships thanks to a generous donation from founding Brazos Valley SCBWI member and award-winning author, Kathi Appelt. Thanks, Kathi! 

Our very own RA, Romy Natalia Goldberg was presented with the Stephen J. Mooser Member of the Year Award. You can see her pre-recorded acceptance speech (filmed in Asuncion, Paraguay where she is currently visiting family) here

Attendees will be able to access the conference's video archive until September 11th. If did not register but would like to learn what conference goers enjoyed and learned from the conference, check out the #scbwisummer22 hashtag on Twitter and Instagram!   

About SCBWI conferences:

Conferences are a great way to network with and gain valuable face time and receive critiques from industry insiders. SCBWI HQ holds two conferences per year, the summer conference, traditionally held in Los Angeles, and the winter conference, traditionally held in New York. In addition, many local chapters hold regional conferences. If you are interested in helping chair an SCBWI Brazos Valley conference committee, please let us know! 

Our friends up in SCBWI North Texas will be hosting their very own in-person conference this October. Early bird pricing is available through August 19. Register here:

Join us for an edifying weekend of instruction, networking, and career building advice!

The North Texas Chapter of SCBWI wants to help build your children’s book career!

So, here’s your invitation to join us on Saturday October 15, 2022, if you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and work on your craft with our fabulous faculty.

We’ll hit the ground running with a Keynote, six breakouts and an afternoon of Intensives featuring Random House Studio Editor Maria Modugno, Red Fox Literary Agent Sarah Stephens, NYT Best Selling Illustrator, Alexandra Boiger, Award Winning Author, Nancy Churnin and Award-Winning Novelist, Rebecca Balcárcel!

There will be opportunities for manuscript and portfolio critiques. We’re intentionally keeping our registration numbers low to allow for maximum interaction with publishing professionals.


Congratulations to Rachael Cunha and Heather Woleslagel for winning the Brazos Valley Member half-scholarships for the Summer Conference! We hope you enjoyed it and learned a lot!

Congratulations to Erin Casey on a successful and fun-filled book launch at Whimsy & Wild Emporium. You can read more about the event in The Eagle

Let us celebrate with you. Please share your good news with, in our Facebook group at SCBWI Brazos Valley, or on Twitter @SCBWIBrazos.

About Brazos Valley SCBWI

Are you new to Brazos Valley’s SCBWI chapter? Interested in joining? Welcome!

Here are links to some handy information about our region and SCBWI as a whole. If you have any questions, wish to request specific programming/guest speakers or even throw your hat in the ring to be a guest speaker at one of our events, please email the RA at

Recurring Brazos Valley SCBWI events: 

You can find all the information about our recurring events on our website here:

Membership Benefits: 

While the majority of our local events are free and open to the public, membership with SCBWI has major benefits! Check them out here:

Volunteer info: 

Interested in volunteering? Check out our open volunteer opportunities. If there is something not listed that you would like to spearhead to help grow and nourish our kid lit community, please let us know!

Want to be a guest speaker?

We’re always looking for guest speakers for our monthly meetings. If you’re passionate about a specific kid-lit related topic, feel free to pitch it to us! Guests can present in person or via Zoom and receive $50 compensation as well as lunch after our meeting. Presentations take place on the last Saturday of the month from 10am-11am and can be in the format of workshops, interviews, slideshows… you name it! Pitch us your ideas at

More information & workshop replays here

Upcoming Events--a sampling of online offerings

Check out the redesigned Regional Virtual Events page under SCBWI Digital for the full list of webinars hosted by regions around the world.

Please remember to check the time zone for each offering below. Click on the event name to be directed to the registration page. Make sure that you are signed into your SCBWI account. More details of the event are on the event homepage. This listing is only a summary of the information.

SCBWI virtual events over the next few weeks:

Tech Support



If you are having problems with Zoom or with registering for a Brazos Valley SCBWI event, please contact Please note, unless otherwise stated, all Brazos Valley SCBWI events are free of cost. We are currently requiring registration in order to keep our events private and safe from hackers. Your event login information will be emailed to the email address on file in your SCBWI account. 





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