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SCBWI International

Northern Ohio Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators


SCBWI International
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, formed in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles-based writers for children, is the only international organization to offer a variety of services to people who write, illustrate, or share a vital interest in children’s literature. The SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. There are currently more than 12,000 members worldwide, in over 70 regions, making it the largest children's writing organization in the world. event photo

International Office
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
8271 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90048 USA

Northern Ohio Chapter
In 1990 Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton began the Ohio Chapter of SCBWI. She served as the regional advisor for many years. During that time we assisted Southern Ohio to begin a chapter. Since then the Ohio Chapters have grown by leaps and bounds and has been led by many fine, dedicated volunteers who have given their time and energy.

Regional Advisor
Victoria Selvaggio joined the Northern Ohio SCBWI in 2005 after self-publishing Because I'm Afraid and The Hope Chest. Her reason for self-publishing at the time was that both books were intended gifts for her children.  Realistically, it started a journey that included book signings, school visits, and presentations and most importantly, the Northern Ohio SCBWI.

In 2008, Victoria stepped into the volunteer Executive Board role of Assistant Volunteer Coordinator and the Ohio List-serve Moderator. In 2009, she advanced to the Executive Board role of Assistant Regional Advisor and the Ohio List-serve Moderator. In 2010, she became the Regional Advisor. 

Chapter Goals
Goals include more genre-specific events geared toward honing the craft of writing and illustrating for all levels of writers and illustrators. Utilizing today’s technology by upgrading the website has been another goal. Re-designing critique meets to cater to a specific genre is also in the works.  These are a few changes, of many to come!

All those involved with SCBWI work in a volunteer capacity. Contact the local chapter board with questions, to volunteer or make suggestions.

Meetings and Events

Monthly Meetings
Times and Locations vary

Most, but not all, meetings are held:
Third Saturday of the month
10am to 12noon
Barnes and Noble
Rt. 18 North, Fairlawn, Ohio

See our Calendar for a schedule of upcoming meeting and events.

Annual Conference
Every September the chapter hosts a regional conference in Cleveland, attracting writings and illustrators from throughout the country. Keynote speakers, vendors, publishers, critiques and an Illustrators Showcase are some of the highlights. Get more information about the Northern Ohio SCBWI Conference...

Online Critique Groups and Message Board
Open to all chapter members, the on-line message board connects writers and illustrators across Ohio! Login now...

Area Critique Groups
Groups meet in West Akron, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Solon, Toledo, Youngstown-Trumbull. Groups for illustrators and middle-grade/ya writers are now forming.
Find or start a critique group now...

Lost and Found Policy
Northern Ohio SCBWI is NOT responsible for any items lost or left at our events, meetings, or conferences. As a courtesy, we will hold the item for one month - email attempts will be made (if possible) to contact the correct owner. After one month, Northern Ohio SCBWI has the right to discard or destroy any unclaimed items. 

Getting Involved

The SCBWI is a non-profit organization and totally volunteer run. We are always interested in volunteers. We have a wonderful circle of people who make this group work like a well oiled machine, but there's always room for more. Learn more about becoming a volunteer...

Featured Members and Articles
The Northern Ohio Chapter is looking for members who are recently published or have made other notable contributions in Children's Books to feature on their website. We are especially interested in articles written by members to share experiences in their route to publishing. To submit an article or to nominate someone as a featured member (yourself or another member), please Contact the local chapter board with the following information:

  • Nominee's Name
  • A brief biography
  • Details of publication or achievement
  • Image of book cover and portrait
  • Phone number, email and website
  • Nominator's Name & Contact Info

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