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. 

Upcoming events: 

25 May:  Skyping and Facetiming Schools with Jonathan Emmett. SoA boardroom, 18-20.00. The talk is followed by a social with wine and nibbles.

17 June: Empowering Authors with speakers Daniel Blythe, Tony Bradman, Dawn Finch, Candy Gourlay, Di Hofmeyr, James Mayhew, Shoo Rayner, Nicola Morgan, Miriam Moss, Nicky Singer and Justin Somper. Waterstones Piccadilly, 10.30 - 19.30. The event will be catered and close with canapes and a drinks reception. Bookings will open this week with an early-bird rate which will close on 12 May.

21 September: Kickstart Your Creativity  with Lucy Coats and Jenny Alexander. SoA boardroom, 11-16.00. Lunch is not provided. 

2 November: CWIG AGM and Bringing up Bing with Ted Dewan. SoA boardroom, 17.30-20.00. The 18.00 talk is followed by a social with wine and nibbles.

Details will be mailed in advance nearer the time. Please follow the links to book sessions.


CWIG February Newsletter

Posted: 24 February 2017

To read the February CWIG newsletter please follow this link.

CWIG diary dates

Posted: 10 February 2017

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

16 March 2017: Making the Most out of YouTube with Shoo Rayner

Event details: SoA Offices, 11.50am-2.35pm, limited to 15 delegates; £20 (members only). **SOLD OUT**

16 March 2017: Past Imperfect? Selling Children's Historical Fiction to a Modern Audience

Event details: SoA Offices, 6-8pm. Talk 6-8pm with a social. (The talk will start at 6.15pm.) **SOLD OUT** Limited number of audio tickets still available

25 May 2017Skyping and Facetiming with Schools

Event details: SoA offices, 6-8pm with a social. Author Jonathan Emmett will teach you how to video call effectively with schools and deliver engaging and entertaining virtual readings and chats. Members £10 (online), Guests £15.