The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators is an international organization “dedicated to bringing its membership the information and skills needed to forge a successful career as a writer or illustrator of children’s books.” I have been a member of SCBWI since 2008. I have participated in numerous local and regional seminars and workshops, each of which has added immeasurably to my writing capabilities.
Our Las Vegas, Nevada, SCBWI critique group, WordWorms, meets twice monthly on every second and fourth Saturday morning. The members, some of whom are shown here on August 23, 2014, obviously enjoy critiquing my efforts. Their help has been instrumental in improving my writing by providing in-depth criticism of my trilogy The Iron Horse Chronicles. Without their contributions and encouragement I would not have been able to sell my first book, Eagle Talons, as well as my second book, Bear Claws, to Five Star Publishing. The members of WordWorms have recently been providing me with suggestions for improving my writing of the third book, Golden Spike.
[media-credit id=1 align=”alignright” width=”150″][/media-credit]For those of you interested in writing for children, I recommend you join SCBWI. The term “children” spans a wide range of possibilities: extending from pre-school picture books, through middle-grade chapter books, and on into young adult novels. Fiction, non-fiction, and poetry are among the many genres. Recent articles in publishing industry media indicate that children’s books, for all ages, are among the best selling. Writing for “children” is not easy. That’s why it is wise to get all the help you can from the local, regional, and national assistance provided by SCBWI. You can learn more by visiting their website: http://www.scbwi.org/.