Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

December 2015

Happy Holidays!

The busiest time of the year has arrived and with it only a few announcements.

·      The last day to register for a face-to-face picture book critique with publisher Jude Evans is tomorrow, Nov. 30th. Whether it’s a picture book you’ve been holding on to for years or the latest in your library, here’s your chance to get a professional eye on your manuscript. Details can be found here:


·      At last spring’s Europolitan Conference, I announced the SCBWI regions that make up the Europolitan (Germany and Austria, Switzerland, France, The Netherlands, and Belgium) plans to create a mentorship program. We envision this mentor program to benefit all of our members, illustrators and writers alike.

In order to best serve you, we’ve created a survey. Please follow this link  and registered your needs and wishes for a mentor program.

If you have any questions or any problems accessing the survey, send me an email. Otherwise I hope to see lots of responses so we can get busy setting up this program for you.


·      Also, I was contacted by a Helmut Degan, an SCBWI member from New Jersey who is looking for a critique partner. Here’s what he had to say:

Helmut Degen lebt in New Jersey, USA und sucht nach einer Online Critique Group. Helmut ist ein angehender Autor fuer Bilderbuecher, die er auf Deutsch schreibt. Du kannst Helmut hier erreichen:


Wishing everyone a happy, creative, and peaceful holiday season.  See you in 2016!


Patti Buff

RA Germany and Austria