SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Network Meetings General Information

Please click on our Event page for meeting dates. Contacts for Networks:

Hattiesburg, MS Area:

            Virginia McGee Butler at vannb@comcast.net

Jackson/Pearl, MS Area:

            Sarah Campbell at louisianamississippi-ara@scbwi

Lafayette, LA Area:

            Carol Stubbs at carol.stubbs@lusfiber.net

Lake Charles, LA Area:

            Linda Kay Whittington Hurst at linda@lindawhurst.com

New Orleans/Baton Rouge, LA Area (*guidelines follow):

            Cheryl Mathis at louisianamississippi-ra@scbwi

Information on Networks:

The geographical area of our region, Louisiana and Mississippi, is too large for only one monthly meeting. Networks held around our region offer wonderful opportunities for face-to-face contact with other writers and illustrators. What exactly is a Network and what can it offer?

A La/Ms Network:

  • Strengthens the feeling of unity and facilitates creative networking
  • Includes discussions or presentations about the publishing industry
  • Is a time to share industry news
  • Is a time to share technological information
  • Can provide mentoring opportunities
  • Can be a time for group critiques
  • Can be a time to discuss children’s books
  • Can be held quarterly or, ideally, monthly at a set time and place
  • Is free to attendees
  • Is held at a free facility like a library, church, school, coffee house or bookstore
  • Should allow no children
  • Can be open both to members and to other interested children’s writer and illustrator

Questions, Ideas or Want to Coordinate a Group in Your Area? Email Regional Advisor Cheryl Mathis at louisianamississippi-ra@scbwi.org . We have ideas to help you. 

*New Orleans Area Network Guidelines:  The meeting will open with round table introductions and sharing of news. A sign-up board or list will circulate for those who desire to read from their work. An open critique will follow. Each reader may bring up to 1,200 words (max) to read. The time alloted to each will be 12 minutes total for reading and comments. The clock will begin when the reader speaks (the 12 minutes will include any setup or explanation before beginning the actual work). It is strongly recommended that the reader provide 6 hardcopies (you may print front and back) for markup. Critiquers can share. These will be returned to the reader.

For illustrators the same time will be allotted for displaying portfolios or current work and commentary.

Who may read? Any current member of SCBWI. Nonmembers are also welcome to read but must have attended at least one prior meeting first.

When all readers have read, the meeting is officially over. However, the meeting will be open and the moderator remain until 4:30. All are welcome to remain for general discussion.

*Jackson Area Network Guidelines: The meeting will open with round table introductions and sharing of news. A sign-up list will circulate for those who desire to read from their work. An open critique will follow. To participate in an open critique, bring a full picture book manuscript, a chapter from a novel, or illustrations. Critique time will be determined by the number of pieces being read or shared. Each writer will pass their work to a reader nearby. If desired, the writer may bring 6 hardcopies (you may print front and back) for markup. Critiquers can share. These will be returned to the reader.

Who may read? Any current member of SCBWI. Nonmembers may also read, but should remember SCBWI is a group for those who create work intended for children or young adults.

When all readers have read, the meeting is officially over. However, the meeting will be open and the moderator remain until 3:30. All are welcome to remain for general discussion.