Admit it. You know you could be the next big thing in kidlit. Your children are hilarious, and you are bursting with ideas for picture books. You have the next Hunger Games filling your brain, waiting to be put on paper. You know you are not crazy (a little eccentric, maybe) when the voices in your head beg to have stories written for them. Or crayons and colored pencils are way more plentiful than pens on your desk. If any of this sounds like you, then consider joining the Swiss chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, an international organization of more than 21,000 people worldwide dedicated to promoting careers in writing and illustrating for children.
SCBWI began over 40 years ago as a way to help emerging writers and illustrators learn about the craft of creating books for children, find resources to help break into the market, and connect with other writers and illustrators. If you're already published, SCBWI helps advocate for artistic rights, offers grants and scholarships for works in progress, and keeps you up to date on the ever-changing world of publishing. In Switzerland, whether you are a beginner or have published a dozen titles, there is something for everyone, from critique groups to bookstore events, from major conferences to local meet-and-greets.
"A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit." Richard Bach
To learn more about SCBWI or to sign up for a local event, visit the website, click on "Regions" and then scroll down to Switzerland:
You can also join our Facebook page at Friends of SCBWI Switzerland, or follow us on Twitter: @SCBWISwiss