SCBWI Houston

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Welcome to SCBWI Houston!

We are the Houston Region of SCBWI which stretches from the Louisiana border all the way to Brownsville and includes greater Houston metro area. As a professional organization, our chapter prides itself on being warm, welcoming, and fun! If you are passionate about writing, illustrating, or translating books for children and young adults, you've come to the right place!

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Illustrator Sketch Sesh

Join us for our Illustrator Sketch Sesh! Open to illustrators, writers and any kidlit creative.

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Join Our Monthly Chapter Meeting

Our monthly chapter meetings are free and open to the public. Join us and see what we're about!

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Monthly Critique Group

Join us for our monthly informal critique group. Check to see if it's in-person or online this month!

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Just Write Write-ins

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Newletter & Archives 2023

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Newbies Corner (Coming Soon, too!)

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About Us

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Our Events

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Chapter Critique Group

Illustrator Spotlight

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Jennie Smith

Jennie is a wife of 34 years, mother of 3 grown kids and grandmother of 3! She is “that first grade teacher” that would rather sit at the kid’s table than with the adults! Jennie loves camping, crafting and genuine people! A mixed media artist by choice, she's never met an art supply she didn’t want to try or buy, but prefer her watercolors and graphite/pen and ink compositions. Jennie has spent a lot of time creating for her friends and family but she is currently launching what she hopes to be her next career as a promising illustrator/author! Born in Colorado, lived everywhere, but she will forever call Texas her home. Actively seeking representation and open for creative opportunities!

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Meet: Noel Morales

Noel Morales is a Houston based illustrator and designer with roots from Chicago. He is also a former high school art teacher. He is inspired by comics, animation, and all things from pop culture. Noel loves working with graphite to inspire his digital illustrations. His goal is to have viewers have fun looking at his work through his use of movement, color, balance, and proportion.


Meet: Katie Wray Schon

Katie is an author/illustrator who loves making beautiful books. Katie grew up in Rhode Island, but now lives in Texas with a wonderful husband and three inspiring kids. They all love adventures, art, bikes, books, baking bread, camping, climbing, faith, family, gardening, music, and road trips. On most days you can find her out riding bikes or hanging out with the neighbors. The house is rarely tidy, but the door is always open if you're looking for a friend, a snack, or a chat about children's books.


Meet: Kerrisa Treanor

"Since I can remember, I’ve always loved to draw. My dad handed me a Pentax K1000 when I was a kid, and I never looked back. I went to art school in search of how to combine my beloved mediums, where I earned a BFA in photography & digital media. You could say I'm a photographer with a doodling problem."

Local Author Spotlight


Sydney Dunlap

Sydney Dunlap is an award-winning author and former elementary school teacher who has worked with at-risk youth in a variety of settings. She enjoys reading and writing heartfelt, hopeful fiction that expands young readers’ awareness of tough topics. She is a published poet and has also written for a newspaper. Her debut contemporary middle grade novel, It Happened on Saturday, is the recipient of a gold medal in the Moonbeam Book Awards and is listed on School Library Journal's Mock Newbery blog. It is also featured in Kirkus as promoting children's mental health and has been chosen for an all-community read in Virginia. When she's not writing, Sydney is likely tutoring a student, walking her dog, or spending time with friends and family. She is represented by Ann Rose at Tobias Literary Agency.

Chapter Volunteers & Openings

Newsletter Editor: Lucy Limon

Conference & Retreat Chair: OPEN!

Critique Group Coordinator: Nancy Blair

Programming Chair & Evite List: Cheryl McCosh

Social Media Chair: Heather Walters   

Social Media Crew: OPEN!

Newsletter Column Writer: Jim Smolski

Donation Coordinator: OPEN!

PAL Coordinator: OPEN!

New Membership Coordinator: OPEN!

Webmaster: OPEN!

Social Event Coordinator: Christine Wengler

Kidlit Correspondent: Renee Nolte

Active member volunteers are integral to our region's success.

For details and to apply, click here.

Connect With Your Regional Team

Kaye Marc-Charles
Co-Regional Advisor
Annie Roi Harmon
Co-Regional Advisor
Lynne Kelly
Assistant Regional Advisor
Lisa Chow
Illustrator Coordinator