SCBWI Ohio: North

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Congratulations to Ohio-North's Dinara Mirtalipova for winning the Crystal Kite Award for her book, WOVEN OF THE WORLD! Told from the perspective of a young girl learning to weave, Woven of the World is a lyrical meditation on the ancient art of weaving and what this beautiful craft can teach us. This beautifully illustrated book by Dinara, and written by the dearly missed Katey Howes, received the Crystal Kite Award in the Atlantic Division.


Summer Virtual Conference - REGISTRATION OPEN!

The SCBWI Summer Virtual Conference is open for registration. Choose from 50 jam-packed sessions on the craft and business of children’s book creation. All attendees have access to the content of all sessions for up to one month after the conference concludes.


Want To Join Our Group?

If you live in northern Ohio and want to explore your passion for writing or illustrating children's books, please join our SCBWI Ohio North creative community! As a member, you'll gain access to helpful resources, opportunities to connect with other professionals in the industry, and valuable insights into the art of creating and publishing children's books. Our chapter started in 1990 and continues to serve our members thanks to the dedication of our regional volunteers.

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SCBWI Ohio North Mission Statement

SCBWI Ohio North strives to help authors and illustrators reach their creative goals through monthly meetups, professional workshops, and critiques while building a sense of community. The Ohio North regional team works to help its members create stories that will reach the hearts and minds of children everywhere so they can laugh, dream, and feel seen on the page.


Our History

SCBWI Ohio North would like to offer our sincere gratitude to the wonderful, dedicated volunteers who came before us and helped shape this region into the incredible community it is today.


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Important Dates


OPEN Ohio North Events

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Recurring Events Explained

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Member Spotlight


Local Published Members Page


Ohio North Bookshelf

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Illustrator Gallery

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Open Volunteer Positions

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Fighting Censorship

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Contact our Team

Ohio North Memories


Membership benefits

Jump into a quick overview of the benefits that SCBWI members can enjoy.

Becoming a translator

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Ohio North Regional Team

Meena Banatwala-Poe
Co-Regional Advisor
CJ Penko
Co-Regional Advisor
Britney Rudowsky
Assistant Regional Advisor
Kristina Tartara
Illustrator Coordinator