For our region's 30th birthday, we're combining all the elements needed to create kidlit magic—creativity building, community support, and expert advice—and organizing them into a manageable checklist. Step-by-step, we'll get our WIP submission-ready by conference time.

Join us for this 9-month program, which includes:
A Launch Party
Targeted Writers Webinars
An Illustrators Intensive Day
Tailored mindfulness activities to promote creativity
Community check-ins & support
Monthly checklists
A stellar faculty of PAL members, executive editor Karen Chaplin,
agent Chad Beckerman, art director Brian LaRossa, & more

We can't wait to celebrate our region's birthday with you!
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SCBWI Carolinas members are invited to Ignite the Spark by writing—and drawing—microfiction. Hosted by our very own John Strong Linda Gerber!

Ignite the Spark is held every third Tuesday. The next meeting will be December 1st from 7:30-8:30 pm EST. This month's special guest is Brandon Reese, author/illustrator of CAVE DADA, CAVE DADA PICKY EATER, and OOTHAR THE BLUE.

For more information: click here To sign up: click here

Please contact your local library systems, local bookstores, local schools, and other specialty locations that might be interested in our PAL members' newly-released books!

To learn more about our Book Fairies program, click here.

December's Participant:

Ashley Belote
Written by: Joy Keller
Illustrated by: Ashley Belote
ISBN: 9781250799777
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan
Release Date: 12/7/21


Don't miss our November interview with author/illustrator Jocelyn Rish! Check out the video here. While you are there, please follow the SCBWI Carolinas YouTube channel!

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!
Don't miss this month's
Pen & Palette blog post:

by Mary Jane Nirdlinger

To read the full post, click here.
Featured Illustrator: Bre'Anna Washington
I’m Bre’Anna, lovingly known as Bee! I've been a member of SCBWI for a little over a month. I attended art school until about 10th grade, but I wasn’t transformed by art until I began learning from and about artists who looked like me and who came from where I’m from. Although I had seen the art of Romare Bearden, Augusta Savage, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Ernie Barnes in family homes, magazines, and schoolbooks, I wasn’t formally introduced to these artists until I began attending The Grier Heights Community Youth Arts Program after school! 

I’m so grateful to each of my mentors who poured into me and allowed me to find myself through ART. I am equally grateful to have the opportunity to pour back into the students who are coming up in the program through mindful practices, visual art, the spoken word, and now two indie-published books! I literally sat where they are right now, over a decade ago. Now my students get to see themselves in me and know that they can do anything they attune their hearts to--and I’m just getting started! 

I am working on myself and expanding my art practice daily. So, I’m steady on the come up and I will be presenting a 3-day beginners illustration class at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC for students in February! I am booking new projects for 2022 and am currently representing myself all day everyday, so I’m open to connect with an equally dynamic and dedicated agent! Let’s make magic!

You can learn more about Bee and purchase her illustrated books at and connect with her via social media on and at
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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