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. 

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, 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!


October e-robin

Posted: 14 October 2019

The October CWIG e-robin has been sent out to members. Missed it? Got news to share? The next newsletter will go out in December.

CWIG diary dates

Posted: 14 October 2019

We are about to announce the rest of our 2020 schedule! Please contact Jo McCrum if you would like to suggest or offer an event or have any ideas/topics that you would like to address.

Saturday 18 January 2020,  Picturebook Workshop with Helen Docherty,  10.30am - 12.30pm, Bristol.

This two hour workshop with award-winning Helen Docherty will cover: what publishers are looking for; how to generate and select the best ideas; developing character and narrative; the pros and cons of writing in rhyme; how to edit (and re-edit!) your work. Tickets are £45 including VAT and are available to book here.

Please be aware that we only send notifications about our group events via email – do remember to let us know if your email address changes. 


Posted: 14 October 2019

This year's AGM on 21 September was combined with the CWIG day conference Beyond the Book, which offered sessions on the publishing industry, school visits, working with booksellers and publicists.

We welcomed Dawn Finch as new CWIG Chair, and new committee members Sita Brahmachari, Ross Montgomery and Isabel Thomas. Their tenures will start in January 2020.

Missed the event?

If you weren't able to make it, read Shoo Rayner's (CWIG Chair) latest report, Keren David's blog on the publicity session I've Been Shamed, Get Me Out of Here!, and Fritha Lindqvist's take-homes on how to prepare for, and what to do if you find yourself in the middle of a social-media storm.

CWIG committee

There are vacancies on the CWIG committee every year as members retire and we are happy to be contacted by members willing to serve. Some years we may be seeking to fill slots for particular genres, such as poetry, or to fulfil the needs of a particular project.

Applications for the CWIG committee should be sent to Jo McCrum by 5 March 2020. Nominations should include a high quality colour head-shot, a 150-word biography, a short statement of intent and the written support of two CWIG members. Feel free to get in touch if you have any queries – we are happy to discuss the role and responsibilities before you apply.