ZOOM-ZOOM – Until further notice all meetings will be virtual via Zoom. If you do not receive meeting notices and want to be on our mailing list, email Co-RA Cheryl Mathis at louisianamississippi-ra@scbwi
Please click on our Event page for meeting dates. Contacts for Networks:
Hattiesburg, MS Area:
Virginia McGee Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackson, MS Metro Area:
Sarah Campbell at email@example.com
Lafayette, LA Area:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . We have ideas to help you.
*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.