SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Alaska SCBWI Events

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EVENTS IN ALASKA

We’ve got a lot going on!

Come join us to sharpen your skills, try new things, and learn from pros and each other. We have monthly critiques and get-togethers in Anchorage and Palmer, distance critiques with industry professional, webinars, an annual Spring Retreat and an annual conference in September.  And we’re constantly changing so stay tuned for MORE!

 

Look below* OR click dates on the GREEN “Events Calendar” on the Home Page and click on any orange highlighted date to see what’s on tap that day.  *There may be some meeting variation for holidays, etc.

 

Don’t see what you want below? Contact us at alaska-ra@scbwi.org. We’d love to help you organize an event and will put funds your way to make it great!

 

Writing Critique Groups

Participating in a critique group is ONE OF THE BEST WAYS to improve your writing and advance your career. Bring 3-7 pages of a novel,  picture book manuscript, query letter or synopsis, to share  and critique. You’re always welcome to come without work, too, and learn more about SCBWI.

ANCHORAGE:

EVENING
Date/Time: Second Tuesday of the month, 
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Barnes and Noble, Anchorage, AK
Cost: FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

DAY TIME
LAST MEETING on Wednesday September 4th 2019,
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location: The Writers Block, Anchorage, AK

Cost: FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

PALMER:
Date/Time: Second Thursday of the month,
 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Wasilla Public Library (in one of the group study rooms), Anchorage, AK

Cost: FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

JUNEAU AND SOUTHEAST:
Meet in person in Juneau or connect via teleconferenceing using the OWL (Online With Libraries) program at public libraries. Returning soon! Check back for more info.

FAIRBANKS:

A new critique group is forming in Fairbanks!

If you write and/or illustrate books for children or teenagers, please join us on Monday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Noel Wien Library, room #4.

Feel free to bring a few pages of your work for discussion. (It’s helpful to have several copies to pass out.) We’ll also establish the schedule and structure of future meetings.

Questions? Contact Janet Sheets at jesheets@alaska.edu.

ONLINE:

A new online critique group is forming for SCBWI members only!

If  you are interested in finding out more, contact Lynn at lynnlovegreen@gmail.com.

 

Illustrator Get Togethers

Come and share your art, your ideas, and your ambitions. Bring 3-5 images and/or picture book dummy to share  and critique. You’re always welcome to come without work, too, and learn more about SCBWI.

ANCHORAGE:
Date/Time: Fourth Thursday of the month,
 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Barnes and Noble (in the back by the kids’ stage), Anchorage, AK

Cost: FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

ONLINE:

Virtual meetings in our Illustrator Facebook Group “Illustrators Art Annex

 

Illustrator Contests

There are two annual contests for illustrators every year to get recognition for their work.

Conference Illustration Contest:

Announced in the early Spring.  We look for an Alaskan image that will reflect both children and adult writers for the advertisements and program cover of our Fall conference.  There will be more details when it is announced.

Juried Art Show:

Announced in the Summer.  There is a prompt which must be the focus of the entry.  There will be more details when it is announced.

Annual SPRING Retreat

Enjoy lots of time for writing or illustrating in an intimate location, along with opportunities to workshop, brainstorm, and network with other writers and illustrators. Your scenic location is the perfect place to write and illustrate to your heart’s content, or attend workshops with published authors and possibly an agent or editor in person.

You can also select a one-on-one critique to have your work reviewed by the guest presenter.

 

Annual SEPTEMBER Conference

SCBWI partners with other local writing groups like Alaska Writers Guild, and the Alaska Chapter of the Romance Writers of America , too!

Join us at the BP Energy and Conference Center in Anchorage, AK.  There will be:

Keynotes 

Industry Panels

Breakout Workshops on Marketing, Craft, Traditional and Self Publising, and More

Intensives

Lunch

Book Sales

Illustrator Portfolio Show, Contest, and Art Show 

Opportunity for One-on-One Manuscript, Picture Book Dummy, and Portfolio Critiques

Career Consultations 

Roundtable Critiques

Evening Social with our Guest Speaker

​We work hard to invite agents and editors to Alaska, and plan workshops and intensives that will meet your needs.

 

National SCBWI Conferences

Every year, SCBWI hosts two national conferences. The winter conference is in New York City usually in FEBRUARY, and the summer conference is in Los Angeles in June, July or August (see the National website for updates).