May 2023

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Upcoming Brazos Valley Events

April meeting replay: Our guest Lenora Rougou walked us through tons of info to set yourself up for success in meeting short and long term goals.

Click here for the replay

Whether you're excited about Scrivener, scared of it or have never heard of the writing software, this class is for you! Scrivener is one of the most popular creative writing software programs around.

For a more hands on experience, attendees are encouraged to bring computers and are encouraged to download a free copy of Scrivener beforehand. As a reminder, Scrivener has a very generous trial period and, should you choose to purchase the program, SCBWI members receive Scrivener discounts .

Click here for event page & login info
Click here for Event page w login

Uninterrupted time to write, draw, recharge, and CREATE in our backyard!

Houston SCBWI invites you to come create with us in the beautiful piney woods at our Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Retreat the weekend of Friday, May 19 - Sunday, May 21!

Why that name? Because you get to choose how much or how little to participate in scheduled activities. Looking forward to craft sessions and socializing? Awesome! Looking for a hermit-like solitude that also provides for the basic needs of food, water, and caffeine so you can finally push through that messy middle? Also awesome!

This rejuvenating escape to the woods is your opportunity to get away from distractions. We'll be at Camp Allen's comfortable retreat center in the serene piney woods of Navasota, Texas.

Register Here

Open Volunteer Position: Newsletter Editor

We are currently on the lookout for a new editor for our monthly newsletter! At the moment our newsletter is mostly comprised of upcoming events but we are happy to help the editor make the newsletter their own. As with all our volunteer positions, we want to make sure volunteers get as much benefit as possible for their own kidlit careers!


Coordinate with the Regional Advisor to create ten monthly newsletters per year containing information about regional and global SCBWI events along with other pertinent information for our local members. Newsletters are created via Constant Contact and training is available for those unfamiliar with the platform.

Compensation: This position is compensated with a free membership to SCBWI during your time on the regional team and occasional discounts to SCBWI events from our fellow Texas chapters.

If you are interested, please email

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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