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.
Want to get the CWIG newsletter with regular news and features? Contact Jo McCrum to be added to the list.
CWIG Facebook Discussion Group
Members are welcome to join our private CWIG Facebook Discussion Group Nobody can see what you post except for your fellow children's authors and SoA staff.
Please be aware that the account is not monitored minute by minute. For any queries which require immediate or specialist advice please directly contact our advisors on firstname.lastname@example.org, or for events bookings, call the office on 020 7373 6642.
Authors and Social Media
Please remember that you are not simply expressing opinions to friends on social media – you are publishing to a wide audience. What you may see as activism could be deemed to be harassment. Your posts libellous or defamatory.
As an organisation we celebrate the right of freedom of expression and are against censorship. There will be times when members disagree and we urge that views ought to be debated with respect. On all SoA platforms individuals (whether members or not) are expected to abide by these rules. As such we co-wrote and are signatory to the Professional Behaviour in Bookselling and Publishing alongside the PA, BA and AAA and we have our own Dignity and Respect Guidelines that we expect our members to adhere to when attending SoA meetings, socials and events or posting on our social media platforms.
Society of Authors staff are your professional representatives. We cannot intervene in disputes of opinion between authors, but will always endeavour to give an unbiased view of any professional business matter.
The following resources are available if you are currently affected by any matter or would appreciate further guidance: Libel and defamation – we have a Quick Guide available for free to members. Please email the office for a copy; Keren David’s blog of the CWIG conference 2019 ‘So You’ve been Shamed’ event and publicist Fritha Lindqvist’s take-homes; Lawyer David Hooper on Handling the Trolls.
CWIG Reading for Pleasure Award
Loved a recent school visit? We are now open for 2019/20 commendations!
Three awards can be given to any educational establishment for under 18s that shows excellence anywhere in the world. Only SoA members can make a nomination and must have visited during this school year (September 2019-July 2020). There is no limitation on the number of awards one school can receive. Commendations need to be in before 14 August 2020 (there is an additional extension of four months for those visits done during summer term). Read more info for authors here
Pictured left: Children at Ashbridge Independent School and Nursery with their golden tickets hidden in library tickets that give extra break-time (hopefully used for reading!).
Check out our awards archive here. And remember, If a school is working hard to encourage reading for pleasure – whether nursery, primary, secondary, public, special or international – reward them!