About Us

Who?

We are a regional chapter of the international organization for writers and illustrators of children’s books, the  SCBWI.

If writing and/or illustrating for children is something you want to do, must do or have done, then SCBWI is for you.

Looking for a speaker for your library, classroom or organization? We will be posting this information soon!

We’re proud to be a part of the international writing organization – the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

With hundreds of local members, you will find the support, guidance and information you need to fulfill your dream of writing or illustrating for children. Our writers cover the gamut; fiction, non-fiction, magazine articles, plays, books for toddlers, middle-grade and young adults. Our illustrators never cease to amaze us with their works of art, turning words into pictures.

On the first Monday of every month we meet at the Tracy Gee Center. Please join us for the critique group at 6:00 pm and to hear our speaker at 7:00. Our meetings are a great way to network with other writers and illustrators.

What?

Programs feature guest speakers who discuss topics of interest to children’s writers and illustrators, of all levels and genres. Consult the calendar for specific dates and program information.

Events are also sponsored by SCBWI-Houston. Annual conferences, workshops, and retreats can be found on our events listing. An optional open critique session precedes each meeting (from 6-7 p.m.). See Critique groups.

When?

Meetings are held on the first Monday night of each month (first Tuesday if first Monday is a holiday), 7-9 p.m.

Where?

We meet at the Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter, Houston, TX 77042, near the intersection of Beltway 8 with 59 on the west side of the city. Here is the location in Mapquest to help you get directions from your location. Phone is 713.266.8193. On occasion, there are location changes. Please check our calendar for confirmation.

How?

Membership is through the National office of the SCBWI, in Los Angeles. When you join  SCBWI, you automatically become a member of the chapter in the region where you live. Local members who are published may pay an additional fee and join our Speakers Bureau.

Member Benefits

Our local online newsletter keeps members informed of local events and opportunities in the publishing of children’s literature. New members interested in receiving the newsletter, please send your e-mail address to the editor in our Contacts