SCBWI New York: West/Central Upstate


Welcome to SCBWI New York: West/Central Upstate!

Writers and illustrators spend many hours alone working on their craft. In our region, writers and illustrators can network at our Events, ShopTalk, and PAL meetings online and in-person. Thank you for popping in!

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ShopTalk Ithaca, December 11, 6:30 pm, Zoom

We are hosting very special guest author (and PAL member) Dee Romito to discuss Chapter Books. Join Dee to explore the different categories of children's books and what makes each one unique. We'll dive a little deeper into writing chapter books and middle grade and learn some tips and tools that will help you learn to write in these categories or up your game if you're already writing them! Open to everyone in the region.


Congratulations Crystal Kite Awardee Keely Hutton!

Don't Look Back: A Memoir of War, Survival, and My Journey from Sudan to America by Achut Deng and Keely Hutton. Published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Inc. The SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards are presented annually for PAL books that represent excellence in the field of children’s literature. The Crystal Kite Awards are peer-selected and voted on by SCBWI members.


School Visits

Looking for someone to visit your school/library? Many of our traditionally published authors and illustrators work with schools and libraries to create quality programs for students.

About Us


ShopTalk Around the Region

Published [PAL] Authors & Illustrators

Membership benefits

Jump into a quick overview of the benefits that SCBWI members can enjoy.

Becoming a translator

Translation: Some Frequently Asked Questions, by Avery Udagawa

Keep in touch

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