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. 

Want to get the CWIG newsletter with regular news and features? Contact Jo McCrum to be added to the list.

CWIG Facebook Discussion Group

We have recently established a CWIG Facebook Discussion Group and members are welcome to join. This group is set to 'closed' and is only open to CWIG members. This means that nobody can see what you post except for your fellow children's authors and SoA staff.

Please be aware that the account is not monitored minute by minute. For any queries which require immediate or specialist advice please directly contact our advisors on, or for events bookings, call the office on 020 7373 6642.

CWIG Reading for Pleasure Award

We will be opening for commendations at the end of September - a reminder mailing will be sent when we are ready.

Pictured are the children at Ashbridge Independent School and Nursery with their golden tickets hidden in library tickets that give extra break-time (hopefully used for reading!).

See here for our awards archive.

In brief: three awards can be given to any educational establishment for under 18s that shows excellence anywhere in the world; you must be an SoA member, and have visited the school this school year over September 2019-July 2020. There is no limitation on the number of awards one school can receive. Commendations need to be in before 14 August 2020 (there is an additional extension of four months for those visits done in a summer term).

Don't hold back on making your nominations. If a school is working hard to encourage reading for pleasure – whether nursery, primary, secondary, public, special or international – reward them. Read more


CWIG diary dates

Posted: 11 July 2019

Saturday 21 September 2019 - CWIG AGM and Conference: Beyond the Book - 10am to 6pm, Bedford Row, London, WC1. *SOLD OUT* If you are unable to attend please contact the office and we will refund your ticket and release it to the waiting list.
Speakers include:  Alison David (Egmont),  Rosi Crawley (Walker), Keren David, Emma Draude (ED PR), Annie Everall (Authors Aloud), Dawn Finch, Candy Gourlay, Curtis Jobling, Rosemary Hayes, Fritha Lindqvist (Fritha Lindqvist PR), Julie Murray (CLA), Gillian McClure, Shoo Rayner, Neil Watts (RMS), Tamsin Rosewell (Kenilworth Books) and SF Said. Read more.

Monday 7 October - School Visits: A Beginner's Guide, 2-5pm, London, WC1R 4EH. Read more. 

Keep checking this page (and the CWIG newsletters) as we will post save-the-dates as details are confirmed.

We send notification about our events via email only. Please remember to let us know if your email address changes. 

August e-robin

Posted: 03 July 2019

The August CWIG e-robin has been sent out to members. Missed it? Catch up here.


Posted: 07 January 2019

Sita Brahmachari, Ross Montgomery and Isabel Thomas will be elected to the committee at our AGM on 21 September. Their tenures will start in January 2020.

Please be aware that there are vacancies on the committee every year as members retire and we are happy to be contacted by members willing to serve. Some years we may be seeking to fill slots for particular genres e.g. poetry; or to fulfil the needs of a particular project.
Applications for the CWIG committee should be sent to Jo McCrum by 5 March 2020. Nominations should include a high quality colour head-shot, a 150 word biography, a short statement of intent and the written support of two CWIG members. Do call if you have any queries - we are happy to discuss the role and responsibilities before you apply.

Read the latest report from the current CWIG Chair, Shoo Rayner, given at the last CWIG AGM on 7 December 2018.