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.
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.
6 July: Making the Most out of YouTube with Shoo Rayner. 11.50am-2.35pm, limited to 15 delegates; £20 (SoA members only). One ticket left!
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. Chaired by Julie Middleton (Purple Frog) 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.