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 campaign as a group on issues of specific relevance to us, as well as raising the profile of children's books more generally.
An elected committee directs the work of the group, with day-to-day administration is dealt with by the Group Coordinator, Teddy McDonald. Please see the Group committee page for details and deadlines (1 July 2021) for upcoming vacancies.
Benefits of joining CWIG include:
- Regular Group events give members plenty of opportunity to socialise with peers and network with industry professionals such as publishers, librarians, booksellers, reviewers and many distinguished writers and illustrators.
- Every Group member can give up to three Reading for Pleasure Awards a year to hard-working and imaginative schools for their promotion of reading for pleasure.
- Group members will automatically receive newsletters and event details. You can also join our private CWIG Facebook Discussion Group – a lively discussion forum on professional matters. But remember, you can receive immediate or specialist professional advice from our advisory service.
- The Society of Authors has close links with a number of companies and trade bodies where we discuss and lobby for better terms - including (but not limited to) Amazon, Association of Illustrators, Authors Licensing and Collecting Society, Design and Artists Copyright Society, Public Lending Right, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators British Isles, The Publishers Association and many more.
If you are thinking of joining, take advantage of our offer code – CWIG20 – giving you 20% off a full first year's subscription when you first join or re-join the Society. This offer does not apply to renewals or to other discounted rates such as our student, youth or concessionary categories. Please use www.societyofauthors.org/offer and the code to claim.
For more information on giving a CWIG Reading for Pleasure Award and resources on social media for authors, including online disputes and SoA intervention, read our posts on the Noticeboard below.