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.
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
8271 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048 USA
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.
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
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
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
changes, of many to come!
All those involved with SCBWI
work in a
volunteer capacity. Contact
local chapter board with questions, to volunteer or make
Meetings and Events
Times and Locations vary
but not all, meetings are
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
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
Groups and Message Board
Open to all chapter members, the on-line message board connects writers
and illustrators across Ohio! Login
Area Critique 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
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.
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
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),
chapter board with the following information:
- Nominee's Name
- A brief biography
- Details of publication or
- Image of book cover and
- Phone number, email and
Name & Contact Info
©2010. Northern Ohio Society of
Children's Book Writers & Illustrators.
All images are property of the original artist/creator and may not be
reproduced without written permission of the owner.