SCBWI Pennsylvania: West


Welcome to SCBWI Pennsylvania: West!

Looking to explore your passion for writing or illustrating children's books? As a member you'll gain access to an array of helpful resources, including information on upcoming events, opportunities to connect with other professionals in the industry, and valuable insights on the art of creating and publishing children's books.

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January 23 Winter Conference Prep Session

Join us for an evening of preparation for the 2024 Winter Conference! Bring your portfolios and manuscripts to make sure they're in top-notch condition for submission. First time at the conference? No problem–we've been there! We can tell you what to expect. We will be having dinner at Alta Via Pizzeria, followed by a discussion at the indoor area outside the pizza shop.

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Feb 23 Mix 'n Mingle (Published Members Only)

Feb 23, 7 PM - Come mix and mingle with us at Industry Public House in Lawrenceville (4305 Butler St. Lawrenceville 15201)! Cocktails, food, chatter and cheer will be in abundance! Casual dress. Bring cash for the bar and for food! See you there!


"How to Make a Story Bible" with JD Donnelly

Join JD Donnelly for a webinar about Book Bibles! Keep track of your worldbuilding, organize your world's magic systems, cultures, rules, politics, and more! 1 hr webinar with a 45 minute presentation and a 15 minute Q&A.

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Writing and Illustrating Picture Books

Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan and Stacy Innerst will shine a light on the picture book making process on Sunday, April 21 at Blueberry Hill Activity Center. Author Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan will be focusing on picture book manuscripts and the creation of book dummies, and Illustrator Stacy Innerst will be giving a talk on creating picture books. Both of these faculty members will also be offering individualized critiques!


Sketchy Characters

Sketchy Characters is a group of Picture Book writers and artists. We meet in person monthly for writing and sketching and exercises, coffee and casual conversations. Our illustrators work in both digital and traditional mediums. We also talk about upcoming event ideas. This is a supportive community of artists committed to the Kid Lit craft – join us!


Drink 'n Draw

Meet with us for a casual, all-inclusive night of drawing and brews at Trace Brewing in Bloomfield (4312 Main St, Pittsburgh PA 15224) Upcoming dates: Jan 11 / Mar 14 / May 9 / July 11 / Sept 12 / Nov 14. Open to members and non-members alike!

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Virtual Book Club

The best way to get inspired to write is to read, and to read lots of different kinds of books! SCBWI PA West is launching a book club with a monthly online zoom meeting to discuss our reading. We would love to have you join us!


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Our Events


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Virtual Book Club

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