Midsouth Region (TN/KY)

Would you like to volunteer to coordinate a

Schmooze or a Workshop

for the

SCBWI Midsouth Region?


What’s the difference between a Schmooze and a Workshop?


A Schmooze:

  • Is a small social gathering – networking at its finest
  • Is an event that strengthens the membership’s feeling of unity and facilitates creative networking
  • May include discussions or presentations about the publishing industry as a whole
  • May be a time for attendees to share industry news with each other
  •  May be a time to share technical information with each other
  • May be a time for group critiques
  • May be a time to discuss favorite children’s books
  • May take an hour or two at the most
  • Is free to attendees
  • Needs to be held at a free (or very low-cost) facility like a library, church, or school
  • Allows no children
  • Schmoozes are currently regular Midsouth events in Nashville, Memphis, Cookeville, and Louisville. Contact Kristin Tubb for these events or for more information on how to start a schmooze in your area. 


A Workshop:

  • Is a craft-oriented gathering with a specific focus – an event with a higher level of expertise than a schmooze
  • Is an opportunity to explore, in-depth, an aspect of writing or illustrating with intent to make a profit
  • May take anywhere from a couple of hours to a full day
  • Charges an attendance fee (enough to cover a nice speaker honorarium and pay expenses) and SCBWI members must be charged less than non-members
  • Includes at least one paid speaker
  • Allows no children


If you’d like to coordinate a workshop, prepare an event proposal including a date, location, schedule, and possible speaker(s) you’d like to invite. Also prepare a budget and send it with the proposal to the Regional Advisor, Kristin Tubb and the Workshop Coordinator, Shirley Amitrano. Regional advisors must pre-approve all SCBWI activities and speakers.

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