• This wonderful series is returning. This year, however, we will be charging for the event—sorry, we can’t continue to give it to you free. But here are your options: 1. Purchase a Member Pass for $35 for the pass (nonmembers $50), which gives you all 7 sessions... (This option will only be available for a couple months.)  2. Preregister for each TNL event, $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. 3. Register at the door and pay $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Ready to bring your writing and illustration skills to The Next Level? Whether you're plotting a novel or perfecting a picture book, SCBWI Oregon’s professional series will give you tools to advance your career.   Our first TNL is on September 20th and will feature April Henry. The topic is "Plot Your Way to Success: Dozens of tips to help you create a book they can't put down." Join us on the third Saturday of each month at Tabor Space on 5441 SE Belmont, and learn how to take your work to The Next Level. Doors open at 2:00 pm, and speakers start at 2:30. Every 3rd Saturday through April 2015 except for December
  • What is the Write Direction? The Write Direction is an informal gathering where members meet to socialize and talk about children’s writing.  It is a support/fellowship/networking meeting. Often there are no guest speakers at a schmooze. Nor is any critiquing done. For purposes of comfort and safety, schmoozes are usually held in public venues (libraries, churches, parks, restaurants, bookstores, etc.). A topic for discussion may be chosen ahead of time to "get the ball rolling," but the object is to encourage everyone to participate. Input from attendees with experience related to the topic is always welcome. Or participants may attend an event together (i.e. a booksigning, author appearance, etc.). Attendees Open to SCBWI members and nonmembers. Attendees are discouraged from bringing young children to SCBWI events. Caregivers or facilitators for physically impaired attendees are always welcome. Regular Schmoozes currently on the Calendar - check calendar for specific dates and times or click here to go to the events page. Clark County, Vancouver, WA – monthly SE Portland – bimonthly League of Exceptional Writers Schmooze – monthly (Oct-May) PLAN A SCHMOOZE Here’s how: 1. Get approval from Carol Bloemen, Schmooze Coordinator, at bloemen.carol@gmail.com. 2. Choose a free location (a library, a community center, a cafe) and a date and time—one to two hours is a good length. Note: schmoozes are free to members and nonmembers alike, so a good way to introduce people to SCBWI. 3. Send a written announcement to Carol Bloemen for publicity purposes. Include a contact email and/or phone number. She'll send it to the appropriate people for the website, unless you prefer not, and if there's enough lead time, for the next NewsWorthy (deadlines are Jan 30, Mar 30, May 30, Jul 30, Sep 30 & Nov 30). 4. Share about the Schmooze on Toad Hall or other listserves where you can invite writers and illustrators. 5. If your Schmooze is location based, Carol can send an email announcing the Schmooze to people in that area. 6. Report back to Carol on results and she'll share in the newsletter.  Questions? Contact Carol Bloemen at bloemen.carol@gmail.com
  • CONNECTIONS are geographically-based groups for the purpose of networking for our SCBWI members in areas away from the Portland metro area where most of our events are held.

About Us

We are a lively growing region. Currently, our leadership is two Co-Regional Advisors (Co-RAs), an Illustrator Coordinator (IC) and a team of Advisory Committee members. We are all volunteers who want to serve our region. Go to our volunteer page to see who they all are and what their responsibilities

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