SCBWI Brazos Valley News

Upcoming BV Events
SCBWI Winter Conference & MS Gallery
Online Offerings
Upcoming Brazos Valley Events
2021 is a new year, full of new ideas, goals and guest speakers! Be sure to join us on the last Saturday of every month from 10-11:30am via Zoom to keep up with the Brazos Valley SCBWI community as well as craft and industry news. Our meetings are free and open to the public but registration is required in order to receive login information. Know anyone yearning to write or illustrate a children's book? Invite them to join us and see what SCBWI has to offer!

We're kicking off our our year with Molly Blaisdell's popular workshop on setting your creative goals. This workshop is the perfect way to get organized, inspired and kick 2021 into creative mode. Come prepared with a journal/loose paper and an open mind. Additional crafting supplies (fun, but not necessary):
  • tape or gluestick
  • markers
  • magazines to cut out
Feb 2021 BV SCBWI Meeting
Join picture book author-illustrator and commercial artist Adriana Bergstrom for a virtual tour of her studio. This is a fantastic opportunity to understand the work that goes into illustration as well as learn about the tools today's illustrators have at their disposal. We highly recommend joining this meeting, even if you are not an illustrator! Picture book authors are often told to "leave room for the illustrator" and understanding what illustrators bring to the table is an essential part of knowing how to follow this advice.
The SCBWI Winter Conference will take place February 20-21, 2021. The conference will provide attendees with a virtual trip to the Big Apple with behind-the-scenes tours of publishing houses, mock acquisition meetings, and an inside look at the book production process.
Keynote speakers include Adam SilveraBecky AlbertalliChristian Robinson, Matt de la Pena, and Jerry Craft as well as panels of agents, editors, and art directors. The conference will feature The Golden Kite Awards Gala on Friday evening, the career-launching portfolio showcase, and a full-day Intensive for illustrators on Friday, February 19.

Brazos Valley Member Social
Attendees from Brazos Valley will be invited to a Zoom social on the evening of Thursday, February 18. Details will be emailed to all registrants from our region. We also will invite attendees to a private
Facebook group where we can discuss the events and share insights.

Imagine your work in front of over 100 editors and agents. Attendees of the Online Winter Conference will have this amazing opportunity – all at no additional cost.

All conference attendees are invited to showcase their manuscript in the first-ever SCBWI Writer’s Gallery. If you are an attendee of the Winter Conference, we invite you to upload either a synopsis or the first 500 words of your manuscript. Over 100 editors and agents will be invited to peruse the gallery during the conference and they’ll reach out to authors whose work hooks them! Only those invited will be able to view the gallery. This opportunity is FREE to all attendees. The deadline to submit a manuscript is February 12, 2021.

Upcoming Online Events--a sampling of online offerings

January 21, 2021, 7:30 p.m. CST
Webinar Description – Want to learn from the best on how to create engaging, memorable characters? Join us as Caldecott Honoree and Sibert and Belpré Medalist award-winning author-illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal shares how she infuses cultural heritage and research as well as keen observation of human nature to achieve stellar character development, expression, and interaction.
Webinar Fees – $15 for SCBWI Members
$35 for non-members
Hosted by SCBWI Nebraska

January 23 and 30 from 11 AM – 2 PM CST
Our Picture Book Webinar Series is back! SCBWI Inland Northwest has gathered an amazing group of Picture Book creators. Each will lead a webinar for writers and illustrators that also write. On January 23--1st Session: FINDING YOUR WAY INTO A STORY with Rob Sanders. 2nd Session: CREATING A STRONG MAIN CHARACTER with Kat Zhang. On January 30--3rd Session: WHITTLING DOWN YOUR WORDS with Carole Lindstrom. 4th Session: DRAWING THROUGH TOUGH TIMES with Ashley Spires.
Webinar Fees – SCBWI Members: $45.00 for all 4 webinars (Nonmembers : $75.00).
Hosted by SCBWI Inland Northwest
Tuesday, January 26, 7-9pm CST
Webinar Description – Learn about the different publishing options; publishing terms such as query letter, manuscript, book proposal, exclusive submissions, simultaneous submissions, advances, and royalties; what a literary agent does; things to consider if choosing a hybrid publisher; the pros and cons of print-on-demand publishing; and two self-publishing companies that offer print-on-demand publishing. By the end of this webinar, you should have a better idea of which publishing option is best for you and your book and what to do to move forward with that publishing option.
Webinar Fees – $10 for SCBWI members, $15 for non-members
Hosted by SCBWI Iowa/Minnesota 

January 30, 2 pm - 3:30 pm CST
Webinar Description – Also called psychic distance, narrative distance refers to how far the narrator takes the reader inside a character’s thoughts and perceptions. Understanding narrative distance helps with controlling point of view and mastering the craft of showing characters versus telling about them. In this workshop, we will look at examples across the range of narrative distance, from remote to close-up, and practice placing our own sentences on the spectrum to achieve a desired effect on the reader.
Webinar Fees – Member $15.00
Non-Member $25.00
Hosted by SSCBWI Arizona

February 13, 4 – 6 p.m. CST
Webinar Description – Each of us is made up of a myriad of identity elements—nationality, culture, gender, generation, region, religion, socio-economic class, race, body type, and so many more. Even if we draw on lived experience to inform us on the page, we will eventually encounter at least secondary characters or intersecting content beyond our own expertise. How do we navigate all that with sensitivity and respect without freezing up? How do we thoughtfully, responsibly and joyfully craft books for an ever-more-diverse community of young readers? Cynthia Leitich Smith will offer questions for us to consider and insights from her own writing journey.
  CYNTHIA LEITICH SMITH is the New York Times and Publishers Weekly best-selling YA author of Hearts Unbroken and both the Feral trilogy and Tantalize series. She’s also the author of award-winning children’s books, including: Jingle Dancer, Rain Is Not My Indian Name, and Indian Shoes.
Webinar Fees – Chapter Meeting Prices:
Season Ticket: Free
Member: $10
Non-member: $15
Those who can’t attend the live event may watch the recording, which will be available to all attendees for two weeks.
Hosted by SCBWI San Diego, CA
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.