Please be aware that there are vacancies on the committee every year as members retire and we are happy to be contacted by full SoA CWIG members who are willing to serve (associate and student members are not eligible). Some years we may be seeking representation in particular genres e.g. poetry; or to fulfil the needs of a particular project; and would particularly welcome applications on that basis.
Interested in joining - what’s involved?
Committee members serve for three years from the AGM which, this year, will be held during the CWIG celebration week this September 2021. Meetings are held four- five times a year on a weekday afternoon – ordinarily at the SoA offices in London - but we are currently meeting on Zoom. Looking ahead, we envisage some most committee meetings will remain online even after the SoA offices reopen – so there’s no reason to let geography get in the way of standing for the committee and we pay travel and subsistence expenses for any physical meetings.
What does the committee do?
The activities of the committee vary in response to issues raised by the wider community, and the particular skills and interests of current committee members. The committee develops resources, organises CWIG’s events, the AGM and leads campaigning activity around visibility and working conditions – supporting library campaigns, reading for pleasure with the CWIG Reading for Pleasure Award and other initiatives like #picturesmeanbusiness for example.
Being on the committee is also a great way to engage with membership and the wider work of the SoA. It is important that the committee represents the whole of the CWIG, representing a broad range of genres and interests. This year we particularly welcome applications from illustrators, animators and poets as well as playwrights, writers of YA and middle-grade fiction, picture-books and non-fiction.
I would like to apply. What do I do next?
Email CWIG coordinator Jo McCrum (firstname.lastname@example.org) saying that you wish to apply with a 150 word bio, a high resolution photograph and a brief statement – no more than 250 words – on why you want to join and what you can bring to the committee.
The committee has at least two vacancies this year. If we receive more nominations than places then we will hold an online ballot. The results will be confirmed officially at the AGM in September (date tbc). The closing date for nominations is 1 July.
Nominations should be sent to Jo and include a high quality colour head-shot, a 150 word biography, a short statement of intent and the written support of three CWIG members. Please be aware that there will be a live election at the AGM if there are more applications than vacancies; and that the CWIG committee are also able to forward additional candidates.
Have any questions? Want to put an issue forward to the committee? We are happy to forward an email to any of the committee on your behalf.