March 2023

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Upcoming Brazos Valley Events

Come join us for an SCBWI Brazos Valley Create Date!

It can be hard to set aside time from our busy lives to create. So allow us to give you the perfect excuse to pencil in some "butt in chair" time!

This meeting will include a mix of interactive activities to get your creative juices flowing and quiet time to get some writing & drawing done. Virtual guests are welcome to join in via Zoom.

February meeting replay! Guest speaker Ana Kolasinski answered all our questions about small business finances.

Click here for February Replay
Click here for Event page w login

Small Regions Meet & Pitch with Dana Chidiac,

Senior Editor at Henry Holt

Please check your inbox for a message with the event registration password emailed to members on March 7th.

Register to pitch your work to Dana Chidiac!

Brazos Valley SCBWI is pleased to announce two scholarships for the 2023 SCBWI Austin Conference held in person April 29-30. Scholarship applications will close March 31st at midnight CST. Winners will be drawn at random and announced on April 1st. This application is simple and should take less than 10 minutes to fill out.

Austin SCBWI's popular Writers & Illustrators Working Conference is back in-person! And it's packed full of great sessions. The amazing faculty includes 2 agents, 3 editors and an art director, plus creatives like award-winning authors Linda Sue Park and e.E. Charlton-Trujillo and picture book and graphic novel illustrator Shannon Wright. Get inspired, boost your craft, get feedback on your work, and pitch agents and editors. Move your career forward by joining us April 29-30. Discounted early bird rates end March 18. Get more information and register here:

Apply for either scholarship here.

The Texas Library Association convention is in Austin this year, on April 19-21. You have the opportunity to sign and sell or giveaway your books at our booth. You can also volunteer to help out. Please check your inbox for an email with more extensive information on TLA from Austin SCBWI sent March 3rd, subject:Book Promotion Opportunities at TLA

Also, if you had a book out in 2022/23 or coming out in 2023you can submit it through this form and we will do out best to get the word out to librarians about your book.

How do I get a timeslot to sign and volunteer at the booth?

Click here to sign/sell books at the booth.

Click here to volunteer at the booth.

We can still promote you even if you can't participate in TLA!

You can send us SWAG to put into bags we’re planning to give away to librarians. You do not have to be signing at TLA to send SWAG for the bags. You may include 1 piece of SWAG, for example: 1 bookmark, 1 postcard, 1 sticker, OR 1 flyer. Send up to 200 pieces of SWAG to us at P.O. Box 7532, Round Rock, TX 78683 before April 1 to be included in the bags.

Upcoming Events

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

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

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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