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Happy New Year, Carolinas! It's Ashley, Becky, Elizabeth, & Erica

1. Don't Forget...THE DECAGON

Attention Writers & Illustrators!

Our new work-along program kicks off today with a FREE prompt for the region! Watch your inbox for a separate mailing containing the January prompt.

Together we will create 10 new pieces for our portfolios and/or 10 new writing samples for our manuscripts over 10 months, January - October.

Check back to discover NEW faculty members being added to this program!

Registration is open!

2. SCBWI Conferences

Check out these conference opportunities:

3. Non-SCBWI Happenings

Check out these upcoming opportunities

  • JAN 12th-14th: Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival, is free to attend.

  • FEB 4th: Writing by Mosaic, a day-long workshop for novelists with author/playwright Lindsey Lane, is coming to Asheville.
  • ANYTIME: Looking for a great spot for your own creative retreat? The Sassy Goose Vacation Rentals outside of Brevard, NC can accommodate 7-9 people in a beautiful, private, nature-lovers setting. Contact proprietor and Carolinas member Susan VandeWeghe for info.

Carolinas member, Tonnye, writing at Sassy Goose

4. Ignite the Spark!

Join us!

What is it? The Carolinas favorite monthly meet-up, every third Tuesday on Zoom

You in? SIGN UP for this month's meeting: Jan. 17th, 7:30-8:30 pm ET

*Sign Up closes at 11:59 p.m. ET the night before the event.*

5. January Book Fairies

To support new releases by our PAL members, contact your local library, schools, and booksellers to request this month's title:

Judy Allen Dodson

Illustrator: David Wilkerson

The Ashe Brothers: How Arthur and Johnnie Changed Tennis Forever

Have a new release coming?

PAL members, watch your inbox for the monthly Book Fairies email.

6. Interviews, Illuminating & Insightful

Artwork by K.A.K. Lecky

Be sure to check out all of our video interviews from 2022 and get excited for new episodes coming soon in 2023!

Click here to watch and subscribe: YouTube channel

Have a new release coming? PAL members, watch your inbox for the monthly Book Fairies email.

7. Your Blog Post Here

Don't miss this month's member blog post:

New Year’s Note to Myself by SCBWI Carolinas RA, Erica Wood

Why it matters: This is your place to share tips/experiences from your creative journey!

Spots still available for 2023. Learn how to submit.

8. Carolinas Critique Connection

New Critique Groups Forming!

  • NEW ONLINE ILLUSTRATOR GROUP is meeting on the first Friday of every month at 10 am. If you are interested in joining, please contact Katie Dwyer
  • NEW ONLINE PICTURE BOOK GROUP forming in January. If you are interested, please contact Carolyn Fraiser

If you are interested in joining a critique group (for writers and/or illustrators) or starting one in your city, please email Carolyn Fraiser. Log into your SCBWI account and visit Critique Group Central to learn more.

9. Member Spotlight

Meet our next author participating in the member spotlight,

Dawn Stephens!


The Little Pot - ISBN: 978-1933982113

The Tea Pot - ISBN: 978-0578678467

The Oil Lamp - ISBN: 978-0578764337

Do you want to be featured here? We highlight members who are self-published or 

published by an independent publishing house. Email Ashley Belote the following information:

  • Author or Illustrator Name
  • Publications
  • A link to your website
  • Headshot