SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

About Us

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ABOUT US:

CHP and KwameSCBWI isn’t just for people who create children’s literature.

It’s for anyone who loves children’s literature.

 

SBreeze with Patricia MacLaughlin

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.

 

Diversity Statement

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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:           

CHP and Kwame

Co-Regional Advisor

Claudia Pearson

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Co-Regional Advisor

Sharon Pegram

Illustrator Coordinator

TeMika Grooms

CathyHall

Assistant Regional Advisor

Cathy C. Hall

HeatherMontgomery

PAL Membership Coordinator

Heather Montgomery

   SpringMingle’19

Conference Coordinator   

  Randall Bonser

Critique Group Coordinator

TK Read

TraceyMCox

Webmaster 

Tracey M. Cox

PR Coordinator

Membership Coordinator

Paula Puckett

Conference Volunteer Coordinator

   Valerie Nelan
JoanBroerman

Regional Advisor Emerita

Joan Broerman

JoSKittinger

Regional Advisor Emerita

Jo Kittinger

Photographer

 

 

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VOLUNTEERS:

“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 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 include:

Conference help includes coordinating and helping with food and reception/Gala entertainment, coordinating the Book Basket, registration & Welcome Table, helping with the Book Store, Informal Critiquers, Angels, assistant ID coordinator, illustrator for programs and more. To learn about these jobs you can contact our Conference Volunteer Coordinator. Local volunteers include Local Liaisons, local critique group leaders, speakers for local events, coordinators for workshops and retreats, illustrators for fliers and more. For more information about these opportunities, contact our Membership coordinator or Critique Group Coordinator. Online volunteer opportunities include blog writer, Listserve moderator, web illustrations, and much more. For information about these opportunities, contact our Webmaster/Blog Coordinator or PR Coordinator.

And if you have a suggestion let the RA, ARA, or IC know! We can’t offer what you want if you don’t tell us what you want.

We’d love to hear from you
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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:

Interested in becoming a Liaison in your area?  Contact our Membership Coordinator!  

 

ALABAMA                                                    

Birmingham:   Claire Datnow  cldatnow@me.com  

Huntsville:   Melanie Smith     tigerlily208@yahoo.com  

Mobile:     Meleesa Swann    meleesaswann@gmail.com   

Montgomery:   Vaughan Dickson    vdickson@gmail.com   

Tuscaloosa:   Monique Fields    moniquefields@mac.com   

Gulf Shores:   Do you want to volunteer for this job? Contact Paula

 

GEORGIA   

North Atlanta/Roswell:  Stephanie Moody MoodyViews@bellsouth.net

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

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

Clarke Co./Athens: Martha Hynson mhynson1@gmail.com

Cobb Co./Marietta    Open – Do you want to volunteer for this job? Contact Paula

Dekalb Co./Decatur:  Temika Grooms    info@temikatheartist.com   

Gwinnett Co./Lawrenceville:   

North East GA/Gainesville:   Paula Puckett    paulabpuckett@aol.com  

North West GA/Rome   Open – Do you want to volunteer for this job? Contact Paula

Central GA/Macon:  Open – Do you want to volunteer for this job? Contact Paula

South East GA/Tifton:   Tracey Cox    traceymcox@yahoo.com  

South West GA/Columbus:   Bobbie Canada    bobbielovesartandbooks@gmail.com  

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


FLORIDA  

Panhandle/Pensacola: Suzanne Purvis spurvis500@embarqmail.com 

 

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REGIONAL CONFERENCES:

Our Conferences

As of 2017, we are offering one conference a year. We will hold the conference in the spring and will alternate between Decatur, GA and Birmingham, AL and may occasionally hold our annual conference at a different location.

Illustrators’ Day: Illustrators gather annually for a one day workshop focused on portfolios with feedback from an Art Director, an editor, an agent, and a nationally recognized illustrator. In addition to a mentorship opportunity for those who register early, and portfolio reviews by the full faculty for the first 25 illustrators to register, illustrators will learn how, and what, to display to catch the discerning eye of art directors and editors, and can obtain a private formal critique of their portfolio. Illustrators Day is held in conjunction with our annual conference.

Springmingle held in Decatur, GA, SpringMingle is designed for more advanced authors and illustrators and offers attendees an intensive and workshops with prestigous editors, art directors, and agents. Attendees also have the opportunity to display portfolios, sell and autograph their books, network with peers and industry professionals, meet with agents one-on-one, and receive private manuscript and portfolio critiques.

wik  held in Birmingham, Alabama, wik promises “Something for Everyone!” and offers attendees 28-32 breakout sessions led by acquiring faculty and award winning authors and illustrators as well as our fabulous regional talent, and multiple writers’ intensives. Attendees will also have the opportunity to display portfolios, sell and autograph their published books, network with industry professionals,meet with agents one-on-one, and receive private manuscript and portfolio critiques. 

Voyagers is in the planning stages and would be held at a new location. We are excited about the possibility of branching out to hold our annual conference in new locations. Suggestions about the format and ideas/information about specific venues are welcomed. We are looking for an individual near the venue to be our Conference Coordinator for this event, so if you are interested or know of a school, library, or public facility that can host 140-200 attendees, please let us know.

***Additionally, all conferences provide time for attendees to meet in informal critique groups to receive feedback and suggestions for revision on a manuscript or illustration portfolio – many unique opportunities to give your career a boost!***

For more information about our conferences, workshops and local events visit our Regional Events Calendar page.

 

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LOCAL EVENTS:

Published Members Bring Literature to Life! 

More than 100 published authors and illustrators call our Southern Breeze Region home, and are eager to meet young readers. Go to the SCBWI Speakers Bureau to find a speaker near you. 

Southern Breeze members also participate in a number of book festivals hosted by state and library organizations including the Alabama Librarian Association and the Georgia Library Association. PAL members have made presentations about their books and school visit programs at the Georgia Children’s Books Festival, the Decatur Book Festival, and the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival and Awards in Hattiesburg, MS.  Published members from outside our region are also encouraged to let us know when they will be in our area to facilitate arrangement of opportunities to meet with our members.

Southern Breeze hosts a number of quaint retreats, workshops, “shop talk” meetings, socials and group book signings designed to help members cultivate their craft, meet editors and agents, network with other writers and illustrators, and connect with young readers.

 

For more information on our events visit our: Regional Events Calendar page.

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WEBINARS:

Southern Breeze is excited to announce that SCBWI now offers a number of great webinars to our members. Webinars are a great way to be informed by someone who is a professional of this industry, yet still be in the comfort of your own home. Click here for Webinar information!

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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 also receive free conference tuition! See some of our 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 where you can find out what’s going on in our region, read on highlighted members, learn more about our Leadership Team, as well as staying informed with various articles written by our own members and reblogged when we find valuable information on other outlets.

Visit our BLOG. Feel free to share our content. Don’t forget to sign up for email notifications!

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