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. 

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.

For any queries which require immediate or specialist advice please directly contact our advisors on, or call the office on 020 7373 6642.

CWIG Reading for Pleasure Award

Congratulations to The Knights Templar School, Herts and The Mary Webb School and Science College who have received their Philip Pullman certificates this May following nominations by Miriam Moss and Catherine Cooper. See here for our commendations archive.

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



Posted: 23 May 2018

A report from the outgoing Chair, Nicola Morgan, as given at the November 2017 CWIG AGM.

May e-robin

Posted: 23 May 2018

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

CWIG diary dates

Posted: 01 December 2017

5 July, Cardiff: David Thorpe on writing through blocks with Graffeg and Literature Wales giving presentations on their commissioning, activities and grants. Save the date - mailing to follow.

21 July, Harrogate: Save the date for a day in Harrogate at The Majestic Hotel - a joint enterprise with Authors North with a (legal) day of Murder, Mystery and Adventure! The Murder Squad, Niel Bushnell,Curtis Jobling, Chris Morgan Jones, Abir Mukherjee, Shoo Rayner, Robin Stevens and more! Save the date - mailing to follow. 

10 October, London: Cat Weatherill ​on How to Present Your Picture-book. Save the date - mailing to follow.

6 December, London: Save the date! CWIG AGM tbc.

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

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