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Austin SCBWI Welcomes New ARA

The new year marks a moment of transition for the Austin SCBWI chapter, as Gayleen Rabakukk concludes her time as Assistant Regional Advisor (ARA) and Lindsay Leslie steps in for her.
“We want to say a huge thank-you to Gayleen …

November 2020 Monthly Meeting: Illustrator Laura Fisk

At November’s Monthly Meeting, illustrator Laura Fisk took us

down a “Different Road to an Illustration Career.”  Her debut book, SLEEPING BAGS TO S’MORES, a camping guide by Heather Balogh Rochfort and William Rochfort, was recently published by Houghton …

Vanessa Roeder announces new picture book

Congratulations to author-illustrator and Austin SCBWI member Vanessa Roeder, who just Author photo of Vanessa Roeder in black and white against a white wall with a window signed a deal for her next picture book, The Stack, as well as a second untitled picture book!  According to the Publishers Weekly announcement, The Stack, “pitched as …

Carol Kim signs with agent and announces debut picture book

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Carol Kim, who within a few weeks both signed with a literary agent and announced her debut picture-book deal!  King Sejong Invents an Alphabet, which will be illustrated by Cindy Kang, is set to …

Jennifer Coleman signs deal for new picture book

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Jennifer Coleman, who just signed a deal for her second picture book, Come ‘N Git It!: Cookie and His Cowboy Chuckwagon’s Day on the Trail!  The book will be illustrated by Julie Dupre …

October 2020 Monthly Meeting: P.J. Hoover, Britta Jensen, Mariya Prytula

At the online October Monthly meeting, our distinguished panel discussed the nuances of self-publishing. Here are some highlights:

P.J. Hoover:
-Experiences with both traditional and self-publishing can be rewarding
Reasons to self-publish: write what you want; make some

Lindsay Leslie announces deal for next picture book

Black-and-white author headshot of Lindsay Leslie smiling and looking to the right against a wood-panel/siding backgroundCongratulations to Austin SCBWI member Lindsay Leslie, who just signed a deal for her fourth picture book, So You Want to Build a Library!  The story, according to the Publisher’s Weekly announcement, “puts readers in the driver’s seat …

Don Tate releases two new picture books

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Don Tate on the publication of two new picture books, William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad and Swish!: The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters.  Don is both author …

Cynthia Leitich Smith wins NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature

Huge congratulations to long-time Austin SCBWI member Cynthia Leitich Smith on winning the 2021 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature! This prestigious biennial award connected to the University of Oklahoma and the magazine World Literature Today is given on the …

September 2020 Monthly Meeting: Varian Johnson

September’s meeting was hosted by Austin SCBWI member and VCFA faculty member Varian Johnson, award-winning author of nine novels including new middle-grade graphic novel Twins, illustrated by Shannon Wright, from Graphix/Scholastic. TWINS was named a Junior Library Guild …

Austin SCBWI members honored by the Writers’ League of Texas

On September 23rd 2020, the winners of the 2019 Writers’ League of Texas Book Awards were announced, celebrating the best books published by Texan writers during the year 2019—and the Austin SCBWI chapter won big!  Six chapter members placed as …

Britta Jensen releases new YA novel

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Britta Jensen on the Oct. 1st release of her newest YA novel, Hirana’s War!  It’s a story about living with disability, overcoming the ravages of war, and finding hope in the most unusual of …

Varian Johnson releases new MG graphic novel

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Varian Johnson, whose new middle-grade graphic novel Twins, illustrated by Shannon Wright, releases Oct. 6th from Graphix/Scholastic!  The novel has already been named a Junior Library Guild Selection and received starred reviews from …

Nikki Loftin signs deal for debut picture book

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Nikki Loftin, whose debut picture book If You Get Lost was just sold at auction to Anne Schwartz Books!  The book will be illustrated by Deborah Marcero.

Told in just 144 words, If You

Bethany Hegedus releases new picture book

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Bethany Hegedus on the publication of her newest picture book, Huddle Up! Cuddle Up!  The book, illustrated by Michael Deas, released on August 25th from Viking Books for Young Readers.

The picture book features …

Alisha Gabriel signs with literary agent

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Alisha Gabriel on signing with an agent!  She is now represented by Heather Cashman at Storm Literary Agency.

Alisha is a music educator and the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction in …

Tina Mowrey releases debut picture book

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Tina Mowrey, whose debut picture book, What a Prickly Pear, released on August 25th from Clear Fork Publishing!  The book is illustrated by Sarah Williams.Tiny Mowrey author photo against leafy green background

The story features two clever raccoons, Roxy and …

Cynthia Levinson to release graphic-novel adaptation of award-winning nonfiction book

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Cynthia Levinson, whose nonfiction book for children and teens, Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws that Affect Us Today, will be released as a graphic novel adaptation

August 2020 Monthly Meeting: Jacqui Lipton

At our August meeting, held on Zoom, local author and illustrator Salima Alikhan led a discussion with literary agent and attorney Jacqui Lipton, author of Law & Authors: A Legal Handbook for Writers

Jacqui founded Raven Quill Literary Agency

July 2020 Monthly Meeting: Author Jenny Elder Moke

At the July meeting, Jenny Elder Moke, author of YA novel HOOD (Disney/Hyperion, June 2020), spoke to a well-attended Zoom gathering about the three pillars necessary for a first draft.

HOOD is about the daughter of Robin Hood and …

Candy Wellins publishes picture-book debut

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Candy Wellins, whose debut picture book Saturdays Are for Stella releases August 11th from Page Street Kids!  The book, which is illustrated by Charlie Eve Ryan, has already received a glowing starred review from …

S.G. Wilson releases debut middle-grade novel

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member S.G. Wilson, whose debut MG novel Me Vs. the Multiverse: Pleased to Meet Me releases on August 4th!  The humorous action-adventure novel, the first in a series, will be published by Random House Children’s …

Holly Green announces book deal for her debut YA novel

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Holly Green, who just sold her debut novel!  Holly Green author headshot against green leaves and tree backgroundIn the Same Boat is a YA novel about a teenager named Sadie who is determined to finish an epic canoe race one year after another race …

Jenny Elder Moke releases debut and sells second YA novel

Author portrait of Jenny Elder Moke seated on stairs in front of a doorway.Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Jenny Elder Moke, who in the past month released one novel and sold another!

Her debut novel, Hood, a YA historical adventure that reimagines the story of Robin Hood through the perspective of …

Christina Soontornvat releases new picture book and chapter book

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Christina Soontornvat, who had two new books come out in June!Author portrait of Christina Soontornvat

The first, Slush Puppy Love (released on June 2nd by Scholastic), is the fifth book in the Diary of an Cover of "Diary of an Ice Princess: Slush Puppy Love" featuring two girls sliding down a winding ice slide holding small dogs.Ice Princess chapter …

June 2020 Meeting: Authors Cindy Baldwin, Bethany Hegedus and Catherine Stier

This month, authors Cindy Baldwin, Bethany Hegedus and Catherine Stier discussed writing about difficult topics for young readers.

Cindy Baldwin’s middle grade novel, WHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW, includes a parent with mental illness, and her newest book, BEGINNERS WELCOME, …

New Illustrator Coordinator Rivkah LaFille

Rivkah LaFille

Austin SCBWI has a new Illustrator Coordinator! Please join us in welcoming Rivkah LaFille to this role!

Rivkah is a long-time volunteer for our chapter, helping to run a critique group, sketch meetups, our conference portfolio showcase, as …

Austin SCBWI Member Wins Crystal Kite Award for Third Consecutive Year

Austin SCBWI has a Crystal Kite winner in its chapter for the third consecutive year!

Middle-grade nonfiction book, HER OWN TWO FEET: A RWANDAN GIRL’S BRAVE FIGHT TO WALK by Meredith Davis and Rebeka Uwitonze won the 2020 Crystal Kite …

Jacquetta Nammar Feldman Sells MG Novel

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Jacquetta Nammar Feldman on selling her debut middle grade novel to HarperCollins. Here’s the recent announcement from Publishers Weekly:

Antonia Markiet and Megan Ilnitzki at HarperCollins have preempted Jacquetta Nammar Feldman’s debut middle grade …

2020 Cynthia Leitich Smith Writing Mentor Winner

Congratulations to the winner and finalists of Austin SCBWI’s 2020 Cynthia Leitich Smith Writing Mentor Award!

The finalists are chosen by the critiquing faculty at our annual conference. Each faculty member may nominate one of the manuscripts they critiqued, …

Anne Wynter Honored By Sustainable Arts Foundation

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI Member Anne Wynter on receiving an individual artist award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Anne was one of 20 winners selected from a field of nearly 1,800 applicants.  The judges commented, “Anne Wynter delighted and …

New Book For Lindsay Leslie

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Lindsay Leslie on the upcoming publication of her third picture book, DUSK EXPLORERS, illustrated by Ellen Rooney and published by Page Street Kids, due out June 2, 2020.

DUSK EXPLORERS received a starred review …

Cynthia Leitich Smith Named Finalist for NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Austin SCBWI member Cynthia Leitich Smith has been announced as a finalist for the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. The prize recognizes significant achievement of a writer or illustrator, either over a lifetime or in …

Gloria Amescua Sells Picture Book Biography

Publishers Weekly recently announced Austin SCBWI member Gloria Amescua‘s debut picture book biography, Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez will be published by Abrams. The story is about the Indigenous Nahua woman who grew up in Mexico during …

Donna Janell Bowman Teaches Online Picture Book Biography Class

Austin SCBWI member author Donna Janell Bowman will teach Writing Picture Book Biographies from the Inside Out, a six-week online class beginning May 9.

The class will be an introspective and pragmatic deep-dive into writing picture book biographies from the …

April 2020 Meeting: Author Adrianna Cuevas

Tips and Tricks for Pitching Agents and Editors was this month’s Zoom meeting topic, in anticipation of our chapter’s upcoming (virtual) annual conference

“If I can do it, you certainly can!” said Adrianna Cuevas, debut author of middle grade …

March 2020 Meeting: Author Chris Barton

Chris Barton spoke to us this month on Zoom while celebrating his 20th book: FIRE TRUCK VS. DRAGON (Little, Brown Books For Young Readers, 2020). We thank Chris for embracing the new format for our monthly meetings during the COVID-19

New Book for Christina Soontornvat

Congratulations to our member Christina Soontornvat on the release of her newest middle-grade book A WISH IN THE DARK.

The book is a Thai-inspired fantasy twist on Les Miserables and was published by Candlewick.

Christina is faculty for Austin …

P.J. Hoover’s New Book Is Out

Congratulations to our member and former Assistant Regional Advisor P.J. Hoover on the release of her new middle-grade book HOMER’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE.

The book was published by CBAY Books is billed as Homer’s Odyssey meets Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. …

Noah Weisz Wins SCBWI Magazine Merit Award

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Noah Weisz, who was recently awarded a Magazine Merit Award in the fiction category for his short story “A Forest Full of Stars.”

The story was published in the July 2018 issue of Highlights

Daniela Weil Launches New MG Book

Daniela Weil and her new book THE DIARY OF ASSER LEVY

Daniela Weil and her new book THE DIARY OF ASSER LEVY

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Daniela Weil on the release of her new book THE DIARY OF ASSER LEVY: FIRST JEWISH CITIZEN OF NEW YORK. Here’s more about the …

Shachi Kaushik Signs With Agent Lynnette Novak

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Shachi Kaushik who has signed with agent Lynnette Novak of the Seymour Agency!

We asked Shachi if she’d tell us about her journey, and here’s what she said:


Your manuscript …

Austin SCBWI Member Noah Weisz Wins SCBWI Magazine Merit Award

Congratulations to our own Noah Weisz, who was recently awarded a Magazine Merit Award in the fiction category for his short story, “A Forest Full of Stars,” which appeared in the July 2018 issue of Highlights.

Noah …

New Permanent Online Critique Group Option

Introducing a new flexible online critique group option for members of Austin SCBWI.

Can’t make it to a ZOOM meeting or regularly scheduled critique group? No problem. The Austin SCBWI Blueboard Critique Group will take place the full third weekend …

2020 Carmen Oliver On-the-Verge Annual Austin SCBWI Conference Scholarship

The Carmen Oliver On-the-Verge Annual Austin SCBWI Conference Scholarship is awarded each year to a children’s book writer who has the passion and desire to pursue a career in this industry. It is designed to give the winning writer a …

2020 Regional Advisor Scholarship Recipients

The Austin SCBWI RA Scholarship is awarded each year to children’s book writers who have the passion and desire to pursue a career in this industry. It is designed to give the winners a good foundation from which they can …

February 2020 Meeting: Mark Mitchell

Author-Illustrator and Instructor Mark Mitchell designed his talk around color palettes at February’s vibrant meeting. 

Mark wrote and illustrated the award-winning RAISING ‘LA BELLE’: THE STORY OF THE LA SALLE SHIPWRECK, Eakin Press, 2002. He is also a contributor to …

Vanessa Roeder’s The Box Turtle Makes Spring 2020 Kids’ Indie Next List

Congratulations to our member Vanessa Roeder on her picture book, THE BOX TURTLE, being included on the Spring 2020 Kids’ Indie Next List!

Here’s a description of the book: Terrance the turtle was born without a shell, so he …

Cynthia Leitich Smith wins with Hearts Unbroken

Congratulations to our member Cynthia Leitich Smith on  winning the 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Young Adult Award for her latest novel HEARTS UNBROKEN.

The award is given by the American Indian Library Association.

Here’s the description of the book:…

2020 Creators of Diverse Worlds Scholarship Winners

Since 2015, the Austin SCBWI chapter has awarded conference scholarships to authors and authors who are creating diverse worlds. The scholarship was inspired by our February 2015 monthly meeting, when author Cynthia Leitich Smith gave an amazing seminar on the …

January 2020 Meeting: Author Meredith Davis

This January, Meredith Davis gave us an “Extreme Makeover—A Case Study of Revision.” Meredith is co-author of the touching, true story entitled HER OWN TWO FEET: A RWANDAN GIRL’S BRAVE FIGHT TO WALK (Scholastic, 2019).  

Using her own book, about …

November Meeting: Author Jason June

As we all gathered ’round for November’s meeting, Jason June presented “A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words: Writing Illustration Notes in Picture Books.” A skilled wordsmith, Jason is the author of WHOBERT WHOVER, OWL DETECTIVE, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & …

Novel Workshop

Those working on middle grade and young adult fiction got healthy doses of inspiration and instruction from four multi-published novelists at the recent Austin SCBWI Novel workshop.

Varsha Bajaj, author of COUNT ME IN and ABBY SPENCER GOES TO …

Picture Book Workshop with Lesa Cline-Ransome & James Ransome

Both writers and illustrators were inspired and energized by the recent workshop presented by James and Lesa Ransome for Austin SCBWI.

The afternoon event started with a co-presentation from the couple sharing how they got into children’s publishing.  James had …

Cynthia Leitich Smith to Lead HarperCollins Imprint

HarperCollins Children’s Books recently announced the launch of Heartdrum, a new Native-focused imprint led by award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee Creek), and Rosemary Brosnan, Vice President, Editorial Director, HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Heartdrum’s first …

Melissa Coffey Signs With Agent

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member and picture book writer Melissa Coffey! She is now represented by Charlotte Wenger at Prospect Agency.

More about Melissa: She grew up in Wisconsin toting around an overstuffed book bag and a dog-eared …

October Meeting: Author Susan Johnston Taylor

Freelance writer and PAL* member Susan Johnston Taylor delivered a delicious program on Breaking Into Children’s and Teen Magazines at the October 2019 meeting.  Susan’s articles can be found in many magazines, including Boys’ Life, Cicada, Dramatics, and Relate. …

New Book for Samantha M Clark

Austin SCBWI’s Regional Advisor Samantha M Clark has sold her second middle-grade novel to Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster. The announcement was made in Publishers Weekly last month.

Samantha’s next novel, called ARROW, tells the story of a boy who …

Jennings and Barton on the Bluebonnet List

Congratulations to our very own Illustrator Coordinator C.S. Jennings and member Chris Barton whose books are on the 2020-2021 Texas Bluebonnet Award List!


Austin SCBWI Members Organizing Nonfiction Fest

Austin SCBWI member Susie Kralovansky and six of her writing friends from across the US – the Nonfiction Chicks, are organizing a nonfiction version of NaNoWriMo.

NF Fest will begin in February. Each day there will be a post from …

Crystal Kite Award Winner: Samantha M Clark

Congratulations to Austin author Samantha M Clark, winner of the 2019 Crystal Kite Award for THE BOY, THE BOAT AND THE BEAST (Simon & Schuster).

During our September chapter meeting, SCBWI Board of Advisors member Cynthia Leitich Smith presented …

September Meeting: Christina Soontornvat Shares Chapter Book Insights

At the September 2019 meeting, Austin SCBWI member Christina Soontornvat, author of the recently published chapter book series, DIARY OF AN ICE PRINCESS (Scholastic, 2019), shared her insights on writing for emerging readers.

Here are a few of her …

Samantha M Clark Teaches Writers League Class on Building Characters Through Conflict

Austin SCBWI Regional Advisor Samantha M Clark is teaching a class on characters and conflict for the Writers League of Texas on Oct. 5, 10am to 1pm. The class is called “Throw More Stones: How to Build Your Character Through …

Lauren Flake’s Book in Movie!

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Lauren Flake, whose picture book WHERE DID MY SWEET GRANDMA GO? is featured in the movie Ode to Joy, starring Martin Freeman and Morena Baccarin.

Check out the trailer and keep your eye …

Author Chris Barton’s WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A VOICE LIKE THAT selected as Great Texas Read

Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Chris Barton! His picture book biography, WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A VOICE LIKE THAT? THE STORY OF EXTRAORDINARY CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA JORDAN (illustrated by Ekua Holmes) was selected by the Texas Center for the …

July Meeting: 2018 Debut Author Panel

Cate Berry, Samantha M Clark, Kendra Fortmeyer, Vanessa Roeder and Gayleen Rabakukk

July’s meeting featured authors Cate Berry, Samantha M Clark, Kendra Fortmeyer and author/ illustrator Vanessa Roeder sharing insights on being newly published, moderated by ARA Gayleen

Congratulations to our Cynthia Leitich Smith Writing Mentor Award Winner

Austin SCBWI wishes a big congratulations to Romy Natalia Goldberg, who has won our 2019 Cynthia Leitich Smith Writing Mentor Award. Natalia wins a year’s mentorship with author Varian Johnson.

Varian is a Vermont College of Fine …

PAL Members Meet Librarians

Austin SCBWI sponsored a booth at the recent Texas Library Association’s Annual Assembly.

PAL members were invited to sign and sell books, while RA Samantha Clark and ARA Gayleen Rabakukk shared SCBWI resources including the Speakers Bureau with its searchable …

Agent Jennie Dunham Discusses Character at Austin SCBWI Workshop

Nineteen writers gathered at the Writing Barn for the Protagonist on the Page, led by literary agent Jennie Dunham, founder of Dunham Literary.

Jennie reminded attendees that the protagonist drives the story, so consider carefully which character you’ll …

June Meeting: Author Donna Janell Bowman

“Every creation begins with the inspiration from another creation,” expressed Donna Janell Bowman, at our monthly meeting. She is the award-winning author of picture book biographies Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness, …

Austin Member Wins Crystal Kite for 2nd Consecutive Year

The Boy, The Boat, and The Beast by Samantha M ClarkAustin SCBWI has a Crystal Kite winner in its chapter for the second consecutive year!

Middle-grade novel THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST by Samantha M Clark won the 2019 Crystal Kite Award for the Texas/Oklahoma region. Samantha is …

Austin SCBWI 2019 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference Highlights

More than 215 people attended the Austin SCBWI 2019 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference on May 18-19 and left inspired and ready to create.

Author P.J. Hoover moderates the publishing panel.

Author P.J. Hoover moderates the publishing panel. Photo: Susan Johnston Taylor

Three large publishing houses were …

May Meeting: Author Charlotte Sullivan Wild

This month, Charlotte Sullivan Wild, author of The Amazing Idea of You (Bloomsbury, 2019), gifted our audience with “The Amazing Idea of Play!”

Now, quickly, grab a pencil and draw a scribble! Next, add onto that scribble to make it …

Samantha M Clark teaches at The Writing Barn

Austin SCBWI Regional Advisor Samantha M Clark is teaching her first class with The Writing Barn.

She was a student at The Writing Barn long before she signed with her agent and is excited to now be teaching there.

Samantha …

Austin SCBWI Members Tour Lark & Owl Booksellers

More than a dozen Austin SCBWI members braved the rain to enjoy a sneak peek at Lark & Owl Booksellers in Georgetown last month. Founder and general manager Jane Estes led a tour of the new independent bookstore a few

Farrar, Straus & Giroux Acquires Adrianna Cuevas Debut MG Novel

Trisha de Guzman at FSG has acquired world rights to Adrianna Cuevas’s debut middle grade novel, Nestor’s Guide to Unpacking, about a Cuban-American boy named Nestor with a secret ability to speak to animals. Nestor and his mother move to …

SCBWI Booth at Texas Library Association Conference

April Meeting: Author and Illustrator C.S. Jennings

At our monthly meeting, in anticipation of the upcoming Austin Annual Conference May 18-19, C.S. Jennings drew attention to “Polishing Your Portfolio.” An illustrator of 24 books and author of two, Christopher Jennings is also our chapter Regional Illustrator Coordinator, …

Congratulations to the Recipients of the First Austin SCBWI RA Scholarship

Congratulations to the recipients of Austin SCBWI’s first RA Scholarship.

The scholarship was started this year by Regional Advisor Samantha M Clark to lift up a voice that shows great promise in children’s books.

We were thrilled to see the …

Texas Institute of Letters Honor Chris Barton & Varian Johnson

The Texas Institute of Letters recently honored two Austin SCBWI members.

Varian Johnson received the Jean Flynn Award for Best Middle Grade Book for THE PARKER INHERITANCE (Scholastic, 2018).

Chris Barton received the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Best …

March Meeting: Author P.J. Hoover

Ten Tips to Make the Most of Your [Critique] Submission

(“Oh, No…Not Another Top Ten!”)

With this humorous subtitle, P.J. Hoover set the stage for her lively presentation at our March meeting. She is the author of multiple novels, including …

Amy Bearce Signs With Agent

Congratulations to author Amy Bearce, who recently signed with agent Alice Sutherland-Hawes of the Madeleine Milburn Agency. A Southwest Texas chapter member, Amy was last year’s Honor recipient of the Cynthia Leitich Smith Mentor Award at Austin’s annual conference. Author …

February Meeting: Author Cynthia Leitich Smith

What could be more fitting for our February meeting than hearing Hearts Unbroken (Candlewick, 2018) author, Cynthia Leitich Smith speak about the tough questions we must ask ourselves when crafting romance novels, and other stories?

What can we ask ourselves …

Crystal Kite Award Winner: Cynthia Levinson

Congratulations to Austin author Cynthia Levinson, winner of the 2018 Crystal Kite Award, for The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton and published by Atheneum Books for Young …

Varian Johnson Wins Coretta Scott King Honor Award!

Austin SCBWI member Varian Johnson recently received a Coretta Scott King Honor award for his MG novel, THE PARKER INHERITANCE (Arthur A. Levine, 2018) from the American Library Association.

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding …

Creators of Diverse Worlds Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our 2019 Diverse Worlds Scholarship! The contest was judged by agents Stefanie Von Borstel of Full Circle Literary and Tanusri Prasanna of Foundry Literary + Media.

The winners are:
Illustration: Reggie Brown (New Friend/First …

January Meeting: Author Tara Dairman

To ring in the New Year, Tara Dairman, author of The Great Hibernation (Random House) and The Four Stars foodie series (Putnam/Penguin) informed a full house how to deal with anxiety in the writing process. First, she confessed to …

Austin SCBWI Auction 2019

What do you love about SCBWI?Austin SCBWI logo

• Speakers
• Webinars
• Workshops
• Scholarships
• Networking
• Annual conference

How does Austin SCBWI afford these amazing events?

Austin SCBWI is run by an enthusiastic group of volunteers! And we keep …

November Meeting: Author and Illustrator Vanessa Roeder

At the November meeting Vanessa Roeder, author and illustrator of LUCY AND THE STRING (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2018) offered tips on writing picture books.
Simplify the Concept – What’s the essence of your story?
Visualize the Action

Random House Acquires S.G. Wilson’s Debut Novel and Sequel

 S.G. Wilson's debut novel, ME VS. THE MULTIVERSE, sells to Random House.
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SCBWI Member Meghan P. Browne Signs with Agent

Meghan P. Browne recently signed with agent Alyssa Henkin of Trident Media.
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SCBWI Member and Author Lindsey Lane to Teach “Writing Children’s Literature” Course at ACC

Lindsey Lane will be teaching a course called “Writing Children’s Literature” at Austin Community College next semester, beginning January 22nd for 16 weeks.
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The Impossible Winterbourne’s AlphaBots Awarded “Best ‘Bots” by The Austin Chronicle

The AlphaBots, written and illustrated by SCBWI Austin member The Impossible Winterbourne, was just awarded "Best 'Bots" in Austin by The Austin Chronicle. 
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Lee Zarnikau Launches Ellie’s Car Kindergarten

Under her pen name Lee Zee, Lee Zarnikau launches her debut picture book, Ellie's Car Kindergarten.
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October 2018 Meeting – What You Don’t Know About SCBWI

By Susan Johnston Taylor

Membership has its perks, as they say. But SCBWI has so many programs for writers and illustrators that even long-time members may not know about all the opportunities available to them.

The October meeting of the …

The Impossible Winterbourne Featured on Portland’s KGW8-TV with the AlphaBots

The Impossible Winterbourne features The AlphaBots alphabet picture book featuring steampunk robots on local Portland news station.
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SCBWI Reception with Kwame Alexander

Writers braved the rain October 8 for a special chat with Newbery-winning author Kwame Alexander prior to his BookPeople event in celebration of his latest novel, SWING.

In a casual and candid conversation, Kwame talked about the 18 years it …

2018 Picture Book Retreat for Authors & Illustrators Highlights

The hill country bloomed with more than wildflowers the weekend of September 14-16, 2018. Inspiration was in the air at Austin SCBWI’s first Picture Book Retreat for Authors & Illustrators.

Ariel Richardson, Chronicle Books, Abigail Samoun, Red Fox Literary and

September 2018 Meeting

Wow , what an incredible turn out for our September meeting! SCBWI Austin was privileged to have such a talented panel present at our September monthly meeting.

Our panel included Ann Rose, agent with the Prospect Agency, Ariane

Austin SCBWI Member Sue Meredith Cleveland Publishes New Novel in Crispin Leads Mystery

Digging Up the Dead follows on the heels of the 2017 award-winning debut novel Shrouded.
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