Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Q and A about being a Regional Advisor

Date(s) - 09/08/2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The process SCBWI has set up when a regional advisor retires is to open the applications to members in the region. To help you see if applying for regional advisor is a step you’d like to take — either now or in the future– Sharon Pegram and Lisa Stauffer, Co-Regional Advisors will be on Zoom to take your questions! Come ask us anything . . . really, we don’t want to be alone on the screen staring at each other for the full hour. You’ll find the zoom link on the Members’ Only page.


If you’re interested in applying, please write to Tracy Barrett, SCBWI’s U.S. Regional Advisor Coordinator, at by September 15, 2022 to request an application form and a job description. You will have two weeks from the date you receive the application to complete it, including obtaining recommendations from two people.

Along with the application, you’ll receive a job description that details the RA’s duties and responsibilities. RAs are asked to commit to three years, but we recognize that sometimes life issues make this difficult, and if necessary, the RA may step down earlier. Previous experience volunteering with the region is a plus, but is not a requirement.

While this is a volunteer (unpaid) position, it also comes with perks and opportunities. Here are some of them:

RAs receive free membership in SCBWI during their service, and after they retire, the free membership continues one year for each year of service. RAs also receive free or reduced tuition at the Summer Conference in Los Angeles and the Winter Conference in New York, as well as at most regional events everywhere in the world. They are eligible for travel grants to the Summer and Winter Conferences, and for professional development grants that are available only to RTs (Regional Team members = RAs, ARAs [Assistant Regional Advisors], and ICs [Illustrator Coordinators]).

RAs also have increased access to important people—editors, agents, publicists, etc.—in the industry.

The most important perks, though, are knowing you are making a difference to writers and illustrators, and especially to young readers; and belonging to the supportive, enthusiastic, creative RT community.

Historically, SCBWI’s leadership and membership have not fully reflected the diverse population of children’s book writers to include: religious and cultural minorities, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, nationality, socioeconomic differences, disability, language, neuroatypicality, etc. While we value those leaders and members who reflect/have reflected underrepresented groups, we recognize that we can and must do better. We want all of our members to be represented and to feel heard. If you are a member of an underrepresented group, we encourage you to apply.

Please note: If you’re not interested in the RA position, please let us know if you’d like to be considered for future openings on our team, or if you’d simply like to become more involved. We want to hear from you!

This email is going to all active members of the Southern Breeze Region. If you know of someone who did not receive it, please have them write to Tracy right away.

Questions? Write to me at or to Tracy.