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Ignite The Spark Book is
Our Ignite The Spark group is presenting a compilation of their work that celebrates the creative process, and the group has been a support system for over one year. The book features a juried selection of writing and illustrations from members, and will be for sale within the next few months. Stay tuned for more!
SCBWI Carolinas members are invited to Ignite the Spark by writing—and drawing—microfiction. Fast, furious fun and inspiration...all within one hour! Hosted by our very own
John Strong Linda Gerber!

Ignite the Spark is held every third Tuesday. The next meeting will be
November 18th @ 7:30 pm EST. This month's special guest is author Derick Wilder, whose new book, THE LONGEST LETSGOBOY, was recently released!

For more information:

To sign up:

The purpose of this program is to support our PAL members by getting more of their books out into Carolinas communities.

Each month, our membership will be notified of new PAL member releases and asked to help out by contacting their local library systems, local bookstores, local schools, and other specialty locations that might be interested in a particular title. 

Email PAL Coordinator Derick Wilder with any questions! 

November's Participants:

Jocelyn Rish
Written by: Jocelyn Rish
Illustrated by: David Creighton-Pester
ISBN: 9780762497775
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Release Date: 11/2/21

Ashley Belote
Written and Illustrated by Ashley Belote
ISBN: 978-0593384855
Publisher: Penguin Workshop (PRH)
Release Date: 11/9/21


This month we will be posting our monthly Book Fairies First Look interview! Don't miss the October video featuring Derick Wilder! Check out the video here.

Calling PB writers in Wilmington/Myrtle Beach/Fayetteville Triangle: 

I'd love to start a hybrid critique group with some face-to-face meetings (location TBD), some Zoom, and some online correspondence. I've been an SCBWI member for a year and a half, I'm active with Ignite the Spark, and I am also a member of Word Weavers (Wilmington).

If interested, please email me at: a 

~Tonnye Fletcher
Don't miss this month's
Pen & Palette Blog post:

By Mary Jane Nirdlinger

To read the full blog post, click here.
Call for 2022 Blog Entries

The SCBWI Carolinas blog is a place for regional members to share their experiences in writing and/or illustrating for children. It represents the professional careers of our members and as such we strive to present well-polished entries.

If you'd like to participate in the 2022 blog year, please submit your entry idea (and proposed publication date) to Carol Baldwin no later than November 30, following the guidelines below. The blog coordinator reserves the right to request contributors to revise/edit their entries. The entry will be due one month in advance of publication.

  • 700 words or less 
  • Edited for content and grammar
  • Submitted as a Word doc. (If you are unable to submit .docx, please alert Carol) 
  • Please include images to enhance your content, as well as a photo and short bio

Thank you for your interest in our region!
Call for Illustrator Conference Alumni!

Hello Illustrators! Did you participate in a portfolio review or illustrator intensive during the Creating Together Conference this past September?? If you did, then we would love to hear about how your work has developed since then. We will be holding a special meeting via Zoom after the first of the year to check in with you, learn how we can support you, and share images of any revision work you've done since the conference. Stay tuned for more!
Featured Illustrator: Alicia Schwab
With our continued presence in this virtual world, this month we are showing some cross-regional support for one of our conference alumni! After attending SCBWI in-person cons and Carolinas webinars, Alicia is grateful to have made many friends in the Carolinas region. Alicia Schwab is the illustrator of the Ladybug Magazine poem, “Tracks In the Snow" (issue January 2021) and the picture books TAKÓŽA: WALKS WITH THE BLUE MOON GIRL (Black Bears and Blueberries Publishing, 2020) and THE MUKLUK BALL (Minnesota Historical Press 2018). She also illustrated the middle grade novel, LITE: THE HIGH TREASON INCIDENT (Beaver’s Pond Press, 2022). More books here:
Alicia holds a BFA in graphic design and fine art from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and later studied illustration under the direction of E. B. Lewis and Giuseppe Castellano. Alicia has been a member of SCBWI since 2001 and is a former Illustrator Coordinator for the Minnesota region.


Check out virtual events in other regions on the NEW Regional Webinars Page

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A warm welcome to all of our new members—we are so glad you've joined us! If you have any questions, please let me know! —Megan Hoyt

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Unless otherwise specified, questions about the contents of this newsletter should be directed to one of the following members of the SCBWI-Carolinas Regional Team: Erica Wood (Regional Advisor); Elizabeth Rawls (Assistant Regional Advisor); Becky Shillington (Co-Assistant Regional Advisor); or Ashley Belote (Illustrator Coordinator).

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