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.

What is your cancellation policy?

During this period of public health concerns, SCBWI had modified its cancellation/refund policy as follows:  If you are sick and cannot attend an event, you will be able to receive a full tuition refund up until the day of the event so that you can stay home, take care of yourself, and prevent the spread of illness.  Contact for modifications to your registration. This policy is in effect until September 1, 2020.   Be well.

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.

ConstantContact [Our Email Service Provider] FAQs:

Why do your emails say ConstantContact on them? Is this a scam or spam?

Constant Contact is a legitimate service provider to SCBWI-WWA. We have licensed a permission-based e-marketing software platform from them to help us manage our contact database and design and send informational emails. 


What do you do with my information?

We will only ever use your information to provide you with information about our organization’s activities. We will never sell your information to anyone else or share it outside of our organization.


How can I keep your messages from going to my spam or junk mail folder?

Please add us to your safe list and/or contacts, and mark the email as not SPAM, to make sure you’ll receive future emails from us. Click “Add us to your address book” at the bottom to make sure you don’t miss future emails. 


I want to change my email address, what do I do?

Simply click on the “Update Profile” link at the end of any email you receive from  SCBWI-Western Washington and make the desired change. Please note, however, that if you are a member of, we will always contact you at the email specified on your profile. If you want to change which email we use, you will need to update your profile accordingly at If you are getting more than one email from us, please make sure your profile is up to date and then unsubscribe from the emails sent to the addresses you wish to remove from our database. 


How do I update my profile to make sure I’m getting what I want to see? How do I control what you will email me about? How do I communicate my interests to you?

Simply click on the “Update Profile” link at the end of any email you receive from  SCBWI-Western Washington and make the desired changes. 


How did you get my email address when I’ve never been to one of your events?

We uploaded lists of our contacts into our Constant Contact account from our old contact database and event registration platform (Cvent) and from In addition, your contact info may have been added from online sign-up forms on our web page and blog or physical sign-in forms at our meetings, events, or other public appearances.


How can I opt-out of future emails from SCBWI-Western Washington?

Any emails you receive from us will include an easy, automated way for you to remove your email address from our database or change your expressed interests. If you wish to do this, simply follow the “unsubscribe,” “SafeUnsubscribe®” and/or “Update Profile” links at the end of any email you receive from SCBWI-Western Washington.


Why don’t you have a phone number listed for me to call you for help? 

We are a 100% volunteer-run organization, and we are unable to provide a central contact person available for answering phones. If you still have questions that haven’t been answered in this FAQ, please email


Accessibility Information for Demaray Hall & the Professional Meeting Series

Demaray Hall is at Seattle Pacific University, 509 West Bertona. Seattle, WA 98119. It is building 8 on the campus map linked here. If you are driving, please arrive early and plan to park in the commuter parking lot on the corner of 4th Avenue West and W. Dravus St. You may also find street parking nearby on W. Bertona St. or W. Emerson St. If you are taking public transit, The nearest stops are Stop Number: 18210, W Nickerson St & 6th Ave W (EB) and Stop Number: 18630, W Nickerson St & 3rd Ave W (WB)

The building is most easily accessed from the north side. This is the only entrance with no stairs to Demaray Hall 150. (All other entrances have stairs). The picture below shows the entrance on the north side of the building.


This map highlights accessible parking and entrances on SPU campus.

>The event is held inside Demaray Hall 150, a traditional lecture hall with stadium-style seating with stairs. The doors to the lecture hall are 48” wide and 77” tall, opened with a push bar from the inside and with a handle from the outside.
>Approximately 135 chairs are theater-style chairs with arms and an extendable pull-over lap desk. Approximately 58 swivel chairs are behind tables with electrical outlets. There are 24 accessible seats that can be reached without stairs for people using mobility devices.

>Live captioning is not provided at this event. We have two wireless handheld microphones for presenters to use. All speakers will use the microphone.
>There are restrooms on the first floor of Demaray Hall. There is one all gender bathroom and it is on the second floor across from Demaray 250.
>We ask attendees to make this a low-scent event but we cannot guarantee that it will be scent-free.
>Guest WiFi is available from SPU; login information will be provided at the event.
>A water bottle filling station is available outside the lecture hall.
>A variety of sweet and salty snacks will be available, which may include allergens.
>Handouts and materials provided by presenters are available in alternate formats upon request.
>Childcare is/is not available; this is/is not an event appropriate for children under age (insert #). Children over age (insert #) can register as attendees.

Please let us know if you have access needs or accommodations not addressed by the information above.