SCBWI Comes to Decatur

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A new literary wind blew into our town last weekend. That’s when Decatur, GA, already a book lover’s Mecca, thanks to Decatur Book Festival, became permanent home to the annual spring conference of the Southern Breeze chapter of the SCBWI. The what? The SCBWI. Sometimes spelled out, other times pronounced “skibwee,” this long and clumsy acronym stands for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a goldmine of resources, education, opportunity, and support for those who aspire to write or illustrate for kids.

A non-profit international powerhouse founded in 1971 by two writing friends in San Francisco, Lin Oliver and Stephen Mooser, SCBWI is now the largest writing organization on the planet, with over 22,000 members in 80 regional chapters. Its mission is to “support the creation and…

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