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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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