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Children's Book Writers
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Southern Breeze Leadership 

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:           

Claudia Pearson  (Co-Regional Advisor)

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Sharon Pegram (Co-Regional Advisor)

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TeMika Grooms (Illustrator Coordinator)

Cathy Hall (Assistant Regional Advisor)


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Southern Breeze Advisory Committee  

The Southern Breeze Advisory Committee is dedicated to
bringing our members top notch conferences, special events,
and information. Click on any of the e-mail links below to
contact a member of the Committee.


    Southern Breeze Co-Regional Advisor                 Claudia Pearson

    Southern Breeze Co-Regional Advisor             Sharon Pegram

    Southern Breeze Illustrator Coordinator          TeMika Grooms

    Southern Breeze Assistant Regional Advisor  Cathy Hall

    Critique Group Coordinator                             TK Read          

    PAL Member Coordinator                                Heather Montgomery

    Webmaster  and Publicity Coordinator            Tracey Cox

    Membership Coordinator                                  Paula Puckett

    Conference Volunteer Coordinator                   Valerie Nelan

    Regional Advisor Emerita                                 Joan Broerman

    Regional Advisor Emerita                                 Jo Kittinger




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 Local Liaison in your area?  For more information, please contact our Membership Coordinator   



Birmingham:   Claire Datnow

Huntsville:   Melanie Smith

Mobile:    Candice Marley Conner

Montgomery:   Vaughan Dickson

Tuscaloosa:   (open)



ATL/North Fulton:  Stephanie Moody

Athens: (open)

Augusta: (open)

Cobb/Marietta (open)

SE Atlanta/Conyers:   TK Read

SW Atlanta/Peachtree City:   Randall Bonser

Dekalb Co./Decatur:  Temika Grooms

Gwinnett Co./Lawrenceville:   Rhonda Knight

North GA – East:   Paula Puckett

North GA – West :   Shanda McCloskey

South GA/Ocilla:   Tracey Cox

Pine Mtn/Columbus:   Allison Meyer

Coastal GA/Savannah:  Melissa Miles


Panhandle/Pensacola: Suzanne Purvis








LOOKING FOR A CRITIQUE GROUP? Go to the SCBWI Blueboard critique groups topic (click here)



Be sure to visit the Blueboard for great discussions, but if you want to chat with others in our region, go ahead! 

While not affiliated with SCBWI, some Southern Breeze members keep in touch and informed through one or more online listserves.

You can find and join a regionally based Yahoo group by logging in to Yahoo and following these steps:

  1. Type “SouthernBreeze” or in the ‘find a group’ box
  2. Click on ‘Search’
  3. When you find the Southern-Breeze list, click ‘Join this group’ (you will need to set up a Yahoo account if you don’t already have one).
  4. To avoid marketing groups and spam, the Southern-Breeze group requires approval, and you should receive an email indicating that your request to join has been approved.

Please note that this group is not an official SCBWI site, and the comments posted are the opinions of those making the posts and do not reflect opinions of or postions taken by SCBWI.