Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Regional Events Calendar

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NOTE: Events shown on the calendar above are limited to events that require registration

Novel CoronaVirus Measures

Regional Conferences, Workshops and Retreats

FIND WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING FRIENDS at our regional conferences featuring Children’s Book Industry Professionals ready to help you take your career to the next level! More information when faculty is finalized.

  • Writers’ and Illustrators’ Retreats

Want to help organize a retreat in your area? Southern Breeze is an all volunteer organization. We depend on the support of our member volunteers to set up and schedule local events in our region. If you want to have a writers or illustrators’ retreat, contact your Local Liaison and work with them to set up an event that you would want to attend. No Local Liaison in your area? Volunteer! Contact our Membership Coordinator will provide you with information about the volunteer job.

Want to share your knowledge in our Conferences, Workshops, and Local Events? complete the form to propose a presentation!


Upcoming Events

(may not be shown on calendar above)

  •  Ongoing- March 20: 2020 Writing Mentorship Application window: Do you have a manuscript that you’ve revised as close to perfection as you can get? Are you receiving requests for fulls and positive feedback but need some help getting from “I like this” to “I want to acquire this”? Southern Breeze has a mentorship program to connect writers with manuscripts on the cusp of publication and published Breezer mentors. Find more information here:

    Now: The latest edition of La Cometa is available at this link: Edited by Malena Fuentes and Judy Goldman, La Cometa is SCBWI’s Spanish language newsletter and features SCBWI news as well as articles from the broader community of Spanish language literature for children.


    wik20 2.o Schedule of Webinars


    Tip of the month:  

     It’s grants and awards season! SCBWI offers several opportunities for members to have promising work recognized with financial assistance and industry attention. The full list is here: . Three that take submissions during March each year are the Karen Cushman Late Bloomer Award for unpublished writers over the age of 50, the A. Orr Fantasy Grant for middle grade and young adult writers of all types of speculative fiction, and the  Work-In-Progress grant for, well, works in progress (although you do have to have a full draft to apply). Check out the details on these and more at the link above, and see if your work fits one of these opportunities.



Are you a children’s librarian, author or illustrator?

Do you have a children’s book signing or other children’s writing or illustrating event coming up?

Let us know about YOUR local event so we can add it to our Breezers in Your Neighborhood schedule and regional calendar!

For more SCBWI events around the world, visit


Recurring Local Events

  • Manuscript Exchange  –  Juliette Hampton Morgan Library, 245 High Street, Montgomery, AL – A monthly meeting to be held on the second Sunday of each month.
  • Open Critique groups  –  Birmingham: Night Writers and  Lunch Bunch, contact the Local Liaison for Birmingham to be notified of dates for meetings.
  • Let us know about YOUR local event!


Need a gift for that writer or illustrator in your life? Treat them to an upcoming SCBWI Southern Breeze conference!

Contact for a gift code just for you!