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.
16 March: Making The Most Out of YouTube with Shoo Rayner
16 March: Past Imperfect? Selling Children’s Historical Fiction to a Modern Audience with Dawn Finch (CILIP), Sarah Odedina, (Editor-at-Large for Pushkin Press), Ruth Logan (Rights Director, Bonnier Children’s) and Lucy Upton (Marketing Director, Hachette Children’s). Introduced and chaired by Kevin Crossley-Holland. ONLY AUDIO TICKETS REMAINING.
25 May: Skyping and Facetiming Schools with Jonathan Emmett
17 June: Power Day (Daniel Blythe, Tony Bradman, Dawn Finch, James Mayhew, Shoo Rayner, Nicola Morgan, Miriam Moss and others.
21 September: Kickstart Your Creativity with Lucy Coats and Jenny Alexander
2 November: CWIG AGM and Independent Day 2
Details will be mailed in advance nearer the time. Please follow the links to book sessions.