SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

About Us

 

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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.

 

LEADERSHIP TEAM:

 

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:         

 

VOLUNTEERS:

 

          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          

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“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 Southern-Breeze@scbwi.org.

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.

 

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LOCAL LIAISONS:

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)

LOCAL LIAISONS:

ALABAMA                                                    

Birmingham:   Claire Datnow    cldatnow@me.com  

Huntsville:   (open)

Mobile:    Candice Marley Conner    cmconner10@gmail.com

GEORGIA   

ATL/North Fulton:  Stephanie Moody    MoodyViews@bellsouth.net

Athens: (open)

Augusta: (open)

Cobb/Marietta: Kara M. Bietz   karambietz@gmail.com 

SE Atlanta/Conyers:   TK Read    tk@tkread.com

SW Atlanta/Peachtree City:   Randall Bonser    rbwrite@gmail.com

Dekalb Co./Decatur:  Temika Grooms    southern-breeze-ic@scbwi.org  

Gwinnett Co./Lawrenceville:   Rhonda Knight    knightgirlscc@gmail.com

North GA – East:   (open)  

North GA – West :   Shanda McCloskey     theshanda@yahoo.com

South GA/Ocilla:   Tracey Cox    tracey@traceymcox.com

Pine Mtn/Columbus:   Allison Meyer     allisonrmeyer@hotmail.com

Coastal GA/Savannah:  Melissa Miles    melissajmiles1@gmail.com 


FLORIDA  

Panhandle/Pensacola: Rebecka Krueger  r.a.krueger217@gmail.com

 

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REGIONAL CONFERENCES:

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.

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CONTESTS:

 

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! See previous years’ Southern Breeze Writing and Illustrating Contest winners, Some of them have gone on to receive representation and book contracts. Congratulations!

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

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SOUTHERN BREEZE WRITER’S & ILLUSTRATOR’S BLOG:

 

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!

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