Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

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Southern Breeze is located in the southern corner of the United States. Our region covers Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle. Come to one of our events, and you’ll learn what’s happening in the industry as you connect with editors, agents, writers, and illustrators, on a local and international level, all working toward the same goal:

getting the best new literature published

and into readers’ hands.




We are fortunate to be served by active and enthusiastic leaders. They head the organization of events dedicated to cultivating our members’ talents and careers. Those navigating our course are:         




          Co-Regional Advisor, Sharon Pegram 
           Co-Regional Advisor, Lisa Lowe Stauffer
             Illustrator Coordinator, TeMika Grooms
              Co-Assistant Regional Advisor, Allen Wells
              Co-Assistant Regional Advisor, Melissa Miles
              Membership Coordinator, Paula Puckett
              PAL Coordinator, Heather Montgomery
               Critique Coordinator, TK Read
                 Joan Broerman, RA Emeritus
                 Jo S. Kittinger, RA Emeritus        
                  Claudia Pearson, RA Emeritus          


“I could do that!” 


Perhaps you’ve seen a member working during a conference and thought, “I could do that.” 

Well, you’re right!

Southern Breeze has become a vibrant SCBWI region thanks to our energetic volunteers. Like all regions, we run on volunteer power – even our leaders are unpaid volunteers. It takes many Southern Breeze volunteers to offer top-notch conferences, contests, and multiple opportunities to boost the careers of our members. 

If you’re interested in helping, great! Volunteering your talents, efforts and time, is a wonderful way to “give back” to the organization. Below are just a few possibilities. Remember, volunteers work their way up the ranks from jobs like being a local liaison to the more prestigious positions such as being an Angel for our visiting editors and agents!


Opportunities to volunteer in 2021 include:

  • Equity and Inclusion Committee, forming spring 2021
  • Local Liaisons: Outreach to the general public in your area, and help local members connect with each other.
  • Developing graphics for social media and events
  • 2022 Conference Coordinator (Birmingham location)


Other online volunteer opportunities include blog writer, web illustrations, and much more. For information about these opportunities, email

And if you have a suggestion let the RAs, ARAs, or Illustrator Coordinator know! We can’t offer what you want if you don’t tell us what you want.




Southern Breeze is pleased to have many volunteer liaisons in cities throughout our region. If you’re new to SCBWI or are looking to become more involved, these individuals can help you learn more about what’s happening in your corner of Southern Breeze:

See a position open? Interested in becoming a Local Liaison?  For more information, please contact our Membership Coordinator   


AFFINITY GROUPS (via online platforms)

Latinx/Hispanic: (open)

BIPOC: (open)

LGBTQ: (open)



Birmingham:   Claire Datnow  

Huntsville:   (open)

Mobile:    Candice Marley Conner


ATL/North Fulton:  Stephanie Moody

Athens: (open)

Augusta: (open)

Cobb/Marietta: Kara M. Bietz 

SE Atlanta/Conyers:   TK Read

SW Atlanta/Peachtree City:   Randall Bonser

Dekalb Co./Decatur:  Temika Grooms  

Gwinnett Co./Lawrenceville:   Rhonda Knight

North GA – East:   (open)  

North GA – West :   Shanda McCloskey

South GA/Ocilla:   Tracey Cox

Pine Mtn/Columbus:   Allison Meyer

Coastal GA/Savannah:  Melissa Miles 


Panhandle/Pensacola: Rebecka Krueger




As of 2020, per SCBWI’s guidelines, we are not holding in-person events until further notice. However, we have various online events. These include informal critique groups, mini-conferences, illustrator events, free webinars on craft and the business of children’s literature, and more.

Look for information on what’s coming next in the Wonderful Wednesday newsletter, delivered to your inbox the first Wednesday of each month. And on our Regional Events Calendar page.




Each year Southern Breeze offers contests for both authors and illustrators. Judge(s) are asked to  comment on each entry; winners receive one year’s free membership in SCBWI! Some of the previous years’ Southern Breeze Writing and Illustrating Contest winners have gone on to receive representation and book contracts. Congratulations!

For complete information on both writing and illustrating contests, visit our CONTESTS page.




The Southern Breeze Writers’ & Illustrators’ Blog is another place where you can find out what’s going on in our region, read guest posts by members, learn more about our Leadership Team, and get more information on how to make the most of upcoming events.

Visit our BLOG. Feel free to share the blog content outside of our membership — it’s a great way to show the world all the Southern Breeze does. Don’t forget to sign up for email notifications!