Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

June 2016 Newsletter

Hi everyone,


Summer has finally come and hopefully it will stay this time.

We do have some events happening over the summer so if you are looking to keep creative this summer, let us help.


Europolitan Scrawl Crawls

Saturday June 25, 2016


The summer solstice is coming up and to celebrate the Europolitan regions will be hosting Scrawl Crawls all across Europe. What is a Scrawl Crawl? It’s a chance to meet with writers and illustrators and to spend the day examining and capturing, either with words or illustrations, the world around us. And don’t forget to share any art work/poems/essays you created that day on the SCBWI Europolitan Happenings Facebook page:


SCBWI Germany and Austria will be hosting three free Scrawl Crawls around the country.


Europolitan Scrawl Crawl in Düsseldorf

We’re meeting at Kaffee Uhlenbusch between 10 and 10:15 AM. If the weather cooperates, we’ll Scrawl Crawl in Düsseldorf. If it’s raining, we’ll do our scrawling in the café with a writerly exercise. Either way, we’ll be done by 12:00. Be sure to bring the tools of your trade (paper, pen, camera, sketchbook) and something you are working on

Kaffee Uhlenbusch

Klosterstrasse 34 40211 Düsseldorf


Please R.S.V.P. to Laurel at ldecher AT gmail DOT com or

Jane Park  at janejpark AT gmail DOT com, so we can send contact cell numbers back and forth.



Munich Zoo Scrawl Crawl, Saturday, June 25, 2016

09:00 to 13:00

Let's enjoy drawing and writing about the rich variety of animals at 

Hellabrun, Munich's Zoo, while the day is still fresh and cool.

Join us at 09:00 at the entrance nearest to the Thalkirchner U-bahn station. (Cross the bridge over the Isar River and Canal and the zoo will be on your right.) Late joiners are welcome. My cell number is 0163 4524822. Please include your cell number when you confirm.

Check the website for ticket prices, feeding times and a map:


In case of bad weather, we can take shelter and work in the reptile, elephant, giraffe, monkey, gorilla, penguin or fish areas. 

Please contact Twyla to confirm your participation: 0163 4524822. Please include your cell number when you confirm.



Let’s Scrawl Crawl in Stuttgart on June 25th!


We’ll meet at 10.30 am on the downstairs terrace of the cafe in front of The Cube Restaurant in Königstrasse (next to Buchhaus Wittwer)

Depending on everybody’s preferences we will make stops to draw or write in various parts of the city centre and also stop somewhere for lunch. We’ll go where our creativity takes us…


Please contact Catherine Friess at if you would like to join the Stuttgart Scrawl Crawl. It will be useful if you could give her a mobile number so that she can contact you in case of any last minute changes. In the case of bad weather we will meet in our usual venue – the children’s section of Stuttgart library.




Member Catherine Friess has volunteered to host this year’s BBQ as I will be visiting family in Minnesota this summer.


When: Saturday August 6, 2016 from 3pm to 7pm

Where: Böblingen Area – please RSVP with Catherine at for more information and her address

What to Bring: Anything for the grill, a salad to share. SCBWI will provide all drinks.



Other news:


Illustrator’s Retreat September 2016

Illustrator Sanne Duft and I are in the process of putting together an illustrator’s retreat with faculty for the end of September. Please stay tuned for more information.


Frankfurt Book Fair is October 19 – 23, 2016

I’m still interested in renting a house to use as a base for members and may even swing hosting a workshop during that time as well. Stay tuned!

I hope everyone can find the time to be creative this summer and that you have a lovely June.