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

We're delighted to announce the following schools have been commended over January: 

Secondary Schools: Robert Clack School of Science, Dagenham (Dan Freedman)

Click here to make your nomination. 


CWIG diary dates

Posted: 01 December 2017

Our full 2018 timetable is yet to be firmed-up, but our first event is: 

1 February: Egmont: Insight  with CEO Cally Poplak and their Commerical Director Sarah Bates. An essential guide to the latest market and consumer trends, so be sure to book here.

Save the following dates: 

23 March: Ingram Sparks/Lightning Source Open Day - tour of the Milton Keynes. printing works and intorduction to independently publishing with CWIG chair Shoo Rayner and Ingram Sparks. A buffet lunch will be provided. 

21 June: a Saturday conference at the Harrogate Festival in collaboration with Authors' North.

11 October or 6 December: CWIG AGM tbc.

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.


November e-robin

Posted: 28 November 2017

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


Posted: 02 November 2017

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