Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


SCBWI Western Washington is a 100% volunteer-powered organization. As such, we have provided the following FAQs to help you learn more about our organization before you reach out to one of our volunteers for more information:

Do I need to be an SCBWI member to attend your events?

You do not have to be a member of SCBWI to attend our events. However, we do provide some member-only events and members get priority registration for the conference, master classes, and roundtables. Don’t miss out. Renew your membership today.

How do I know if I’m an SCBWI member?

You are only an SCBWI member if you have paid the $80/$95 fee to the SCBWI office in Los Angeles, CA. (Paying for a passport to SCBWI Western Washington’s Professional Series Meetings does not make you a member.) You can confirm your SCBWI membership status at; sign in and click Membership Renewal to view your current expiration date, and/or to renew your membership.

Where do you meet?

Our monthly Professional Meeting Series meets on Saturdays from 10-12 in Demaray Hall at Seattle Pacific University (509 West Bertona, Seattle, WA 98119). But we have a variety of Network events that take place across our region and are excited to host our kick-off meeting at Seattle Public Library’s Central Branch (1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA) so that our members can participate in Washington State Book Awards festivities on October 12, 2019.

Can teen writers register and attend your events?

Yes, but for liability reasons, SCBWI policy requires attendees under 18 to be accompanied by an adult who also has a paid registration.

Can spouses, writing partners, or other family members attend your events?

Only individuals with paid registrations may attend. Multiple members of families and writing teams are welcome, but each must register for the conference.

What is a PAL member and how do I know if I am one?

SCBWI has a special membership level for its Published and Listed (PAL) members. You can verify that you are a PAL member before you register by logging in to and viewing your profile. If you are listed as a Full or Associate member, you will need to update your profile to include your most recent qualifying publication. You can update your profile once a publication date has been assigned, even if your book has not yet been released. If your publisher does not appear in the drop-down menus, you’ll need to apply for PAL member status at SCBWI PAL Membership Inquiry Form.