October 2022

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In case you missed it!

Our September Picture Book Dummy meeting replay is available for viewing until the end of the month.


Upcoming Brazos Valley Events

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Award-winning author Susan Fletcher will discuss her latest book A BEAR WITHOUT A HOME, the story of a polar bear gifted to King Henry III of England by the King of Norway. This non-fiction picture book is inspired by her 2018 historical middle grade novel JOURNEY OF THE PALE BEAR which received a starred review from Kirkus and was an SCBWI Golden Kite Award honor book. Susan will discuss her unique journey between the two genres as well as provide insight into her writing process and sign copies of her books.

We are working on having copies on sale during the meeting but you can pre-purchase them through Bookshop.org (links below to support our local independent bookstore) or your store of choice:

Pre-Order A BEAR FAR FROM HOME here.


Critique giveaway:

Susan has offered three novel critiques of up to 10 pages. Winners will will be randomly drawn on the day of the meeting (critiques will happen via email at a later day). If you wish to be considered for the critique drawing but cannot make the in-person meeting, please notify brazosvalley-ra@scbwi.org.

Gentle Critique info:

The meeting will be preceded by a Gentle Critique session from 9:30-10am. If you’d like to share your work in progress with others and receive or provide feedback, please bring printed copies of up to 5 pages of a manuscript to share. Zoom participants will be allowed to screen share in order to receive feedback. Please see this handy guide on critique etiquette if this will be your first time participating in a critique:


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Book Release!

Congratulations to member Mary Mize on the release of her picture book GRANDPA AND GRANDMA ARE BUILDERS.

Mary will be reading the book at Wild and Whimsy Emporium on October 11th at 10:30 am. Please join her at 214 N Main St, Bryan, Texas 77803

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

October 22nd: Their Voice, Their Story: Getting to the Heart of Our Characters with Author Leah Henderson

Don't miss this exciting, full day, in-person event as we work on voice and getting to the heart of our characters! Character and voice go hand in hand. When we understand the delicate dance between them, we are able to craft unique characters and undeniable voice. But often as writers we wonder what comes first, a memorable character or a distinct voice?

Through a series of exercises, discussions, and examples—with a special focus on rhythm, life experience, and word choice—we will explore why it is vital to delve deep into our character’s world in order to get at the heart of their voice and their story. This is the perfect workshop for writers who want to go beyond the surface of story to more fully engage their readers and create unique and unforgettable characters.

Member tickets: $60

Critiques (written and virtual in-person) available!

For more information or to register click here: https://houston.scbwi.org/events/novel-study-intensive-with-leah-henderson/


Questions? Contact Houston Co-RA Meghan Senkel a houston-ra@scbwi.org.

Registration for the SCBWI North Texas in-person conference is still open. https://northtexas.scbwi.org/events/2022-fall-conference/

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.

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:

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 brazosvalley-ra@scbwi.org

Recurring Brazos Valley SCBWI events: 

You can find all the information about our recurring events on our website here: https://brazosvalley.scbwi.org/2013/10/12/about-us/

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 brazosvalley-ra@scbwi.org

Tech Support



If you are having problems with Zoom or with registering for a Brazos Valley SCBWI event, please contact brazosvalley-ra@scbwi.org. 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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