Utah/Southern Idaho


Fall Workshop & Critique

Join us for a day of learning and opportunity! Sign up for one of our morning workshops taught by four special guests: art director Sarah Hokanson, agent Jennifer Mattson, and editors Karen Boss and Melissa Manlove. In the afternoon, you’ll join a breakout session by a published children’s author or illustrator of your choice AND a 1 1/2-hour First Look critique by one of our Special Guests. That's right, every attendee will get their first pages or artwork looked at by a special guest! Located in Millcreek, Utah.


A Successful Spring Retreat!

Thanks to everyone who joined us at our Spring Retreat in Bear Lake, March 13-17, 2024. We had an absolute blast with our three editors in residence and our talented attendees from across Utah and Idaho. We wrote, we illustrated, we critiqued, we listened, we learned, we laughed. And we're going to make it even better next year. We hope to see YOU there in 2025!


The Best #KidLit Creators in the West!

Welcome to the Utah/Southern Idaho chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). We offer local events, critique groups, and meet-ups for children's book writers and illustrators from St. George to Boise. Whether you're a professional author or still in the pre-published phase of your career, we're so glad you're here!

Upcoming Events

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Webinar: Picture Book Pagination with Danielle Collins, Assistant Editor at Simon & Schuster: Beach Lane Books and Paula Wiseman Books

Pagination, pacing, page-turns—these are some key elements that can make or break a picture book. In this workshop, you’ll learn the mechanics of picture book pagination. Such as, what’s a signature? And how do those lovely endpapers factor into the page count? Then, we’ll look at pagination from a craft perspective, exploring examples of how careful pagination can keep the reader engaged by building tension, orchestrating surprises, encouraging pauses, and making them want to reread time and again.


Fall Workshop & Critique 2024

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 19th for a day of hands-on learning from industry experts, with focused workshops led by special guests and critique groups with published authors and illustrators. To be held in the Millcreek area, near the mouth of Parley's Canyon in Utah.


Spring Retreat 2025

For four days and three nights in March 2025, join us at a lodge near Bear Lake to rub shoulders with children's book editors, enjoy a one-on-one consultation with the editor of your choice, gain invaluable insights from our editors' group presentations, join in optional peer critique sessions, mingle with fellow writers and illustrators, and take advantage of solo writing/illustrating time. Exact dates TBA.

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Keep in touch

To inquire about local events, awards, or opportunities, please email { utahsouthidaho@scbwi.org }


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