Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

About Us

The Austin SCBWI chapter is known for its vibrant, dedicated and welcoming community of children’s book writers and illustrators. We meet monthly and hold workshops and critique and networking opportunities throughout the year. We also run an annual conference that is packed with inspiration and learning for all levels of creators.

Austin SCBWI logoThe chapter is led by Regional Advisor Samantha M Clark, Assistant Regional Advisor Lindsay Leslie and Illustrator Coordinator Laura Fisk. Contact us if you have any questions.

We encourage you to come to our meetings and get to know us. The children’s and teen publishing field is very competitive and you can learn a great deal by networking with other writers and illustrators.

Our members range from people thinking about their first book to seasoned professionals with several books in print. We share an enthusiasm for creating quality books for children and young people, as well as a desire to help fellow SCBWI members succeed.

So join SCBWI soon and come to our monthly meetings. We’re looking forward to meeting you! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

What We Offer

• Regular meetings with special guest speakers. See our Calendar of Events for details. Monthly meetings are open to the public.

• Open critique groups (open means any SCBWI member can drop in as they choose).

• Help for members interested in finding a closed (closed means select members meet regularly) critique group.

• A School Visits/Speakers bureau for PAL authors and illustrators interested in speaking engagements.

• An Illustrators Gallery showcasing portfolio work.

• Promotion of our members’ events, including book signings and readings.

• A Member Bookstore showcasing the books of our published members.

• Community outreach through events such as the Texas Library Association annual convention and the Texas Book Festival.

• Online discussion board for all the Texas SCBWI chapters.


Austin SCBWI has a monthly enewsletter that includes information about upcoming chapter events, upcoming member events and member news about new book sales, agent deals and more. Click here to view the newsletters online. If you’d like to get them in your inbox every month, click here to subscribe.


Membership in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is through the international office, which is located in Los Angeles. You can read all about the benefits of becoming an SCBWI member, the two annual national conferences and their faculty, and become a member at

To read about the many benefits of SCBWI from writers who have launched their career with help from the organization, read this post on the Ink & Angst blog. Also, check out the videos on SCBWI’s YouTube channel. Read more about the benefits of our chapter and SCBWI in our October 2018 Monthly Meeting Report.

There are no additional fees to be a local member.


Volunteers have fun, make contact and get perks! Get more details here.

About the Austin SCBWI Website Header Artist

Louise Schroeder won the Portfolio Showcase at the 2021 Austin SCBWI Writers and Illustrators Working Conference. View more of her work at louiseschroeder.comSee past headers here.


Got a book launch or other event coming up? Submit your events for our calendar.

Want to speak at one of our events? Submit a proposal.

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