Children's Writers and Illustrators Group

Our Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group (CWIG) is a professional community of writers and illustrators who create content for the children’s publishing market.

We get together regularly for conferences, events and socials. We campaign as a group on issues of specific relevance to us, as well as raising the profile of children's books more generally. Read about our campaigns.

While a democratically-elected committee directs the work of the group, the day-to-day administration is dealt with by the Group Secretary, Jo McCrum.

CWIG events give members plenty of opportunity to socialise and network with industry professionals. Speakers at events include publishers, librarians, booksellers, reviewers and many distinguished writers and illustrators.

We are corporate members of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY UK) and we support the Children's Media Foundation who are dedicated to ensuring that UK children have the best possible choice, range and quality of media available to them. 

Upcoming events: 

17 June: Empowering Authors with speakers Daniel Blythe, Tony Bradman, Dawn Finch, Candy Gourlay, Di Hofmeyr, James Mayhew, Shoo Rayner, Nicola Morgan, Miriam Moss, Nicky Singer and Justin Somper. Waterstones Piccadilly, 10.30 - 19.30. The event will be catered and close with canapes and a drinks reception. Bookings will open this week with an early-bird rate which will close on 12 May.

6 July: Making the Most out of YouTube with Shoo Rayner. 11.50am-2.35pm, limited to 15 delegates; £20 (SoA members only). One ticket left!

21 September: Kickstart Your Creativity  with Lucy Coats and Jenny Alexander. SoA boardroom, 11-16.00. Lunch is not provided. 

2 November:  Making the Most out of YouTube with Shoo Rayner. 11.50am-2.35pm, limited to 15 delegates; £20 (SoA members only). Bookings not yet open.

2 November: CWIG AGM and Bringing up Bing with Ted Dewan. Chaired by Julie Middleton (Purple Frog) SoA boardroom, 17.30-20.00. The 18.00 talk is followed by a social with wine and nibbles.

Details will be mailed in advance nearer the time. Please follow the links to book sessions.

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CWIG April Newsletter

Posted: 24 February 2017

To read the April CWIG newsletter please follow this link.

CWIG diary dates

Posted: 10 February 2017

When events are live on the booking system, you will be able to click through to the full details and members will be emailed full details. We send notification about our events via email only. Please remember to let us know if your email address changes.

25 May 2017Skyping and Facetiming with Schools

Event details: SoA offices, 6-8pm with a social. Author Jonathan Emmett will teach you how to video call effectively with schools and deliver engaging and entertaining virtual readings and chats. Members £10 (online), Guests £15. 

17 June 2017: Empowering Authors 

Event details: Day conference with speakers Daniel Blythe, Tony Bradman, Dawn Finch, Candy Gourlay, Di Hofmeyr, James Mayhew, Shoo Rayner, Nicola Morgan, Miriam Moss, Nicky Singer and Justin Somper. Waterstones Piccadilly, 10.30 - 19.30. The event will be catered and close with canapes and a drinks reception. Save £24 by booking before 12 May. 

21 September 2017: Kickstart Your Creativity 

Event details: Day worksop with Lucy Coats and Jenny Alexander, SoA boardroom, 11-16.00. Lunch is not provided. 

2 November 2017: CWIG AGM and Bringing up Bing 

Event details: AGM followed by a talk from Ted Dewan. SoA boardroom, 17.30am-20.00pm. The 18.00 talk is followed by a social with wine and nibbles.