Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Our Community Online

There are many ways to connect on-line with friendly and welcoming SCBWI-Michigan members. If you aren’t connected today, jump in! You can like our SCBWI-MI Facebook page, be part of the new and improved Discussion Boards, and join Michigan’s listserv (Michkids). Keep reading to find out more and learn how to connect to your on-line community.


Please note that SCBWI is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment free environment for our members both in person and online. To that end, we’ve enabled moderation on all our social media accounts, including this one.  We will do our best to see that your comments are posted promptly.


If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow @SCBWIMichigan, our official Twitter feed. We post regularly about upcoming events, retweet relevant posts from agents, editors, art directors, and writing blogs. We also regularly help our Michigan members increase their Twitter reach by retweeting their posts, and by making “follow” suggestions on our feed.


You can find us on Instagram at scbwi_michigan and for extra fun our illustrators are featured at scbwimichiganillustrators. Don’t forget to tag us when you share any of your children’s book news, art, or events at #scbwi_michigan and #scbwimichiganillustrators.


We also have a blog called The Mitten. There is a link over there in the purple right-hand column. We post great articles on industry news, craft-related advice, interviews with our members, and we feature art from our members as well. You’ll also find information on upcoming events with the Michigan chapter, and nonSCBWI events throughout the state. This blog replaces our former newsletter, which was released quarterly. The blog updates several times a month, so we’re much more timely and relevant, which is so important in an ever-changing children’s lit world.


For professional connections, you may want to try the SCBWI group on Linked In ( where you can connect with other SCBWI members throughout the country and learn about writing and illustrating opportunities for freelancers. *Note that this is not a Michigan-specific group, but is open to any SCBWI member.


Facebook: here is the link to our SCBWI-MI page where we share important information about events, member blogs, book launches–all things of interest to our members.

Illustrators have another FB page to share resources, critique, and news. The group is by invitation only. To join, please “friend” Kirbi Fagan, then email her at and ask for an invitation to the illustrators’ Facebook page.


SCBWI’s Blueboard is an online message and chat room open to every member around the world. It is a vast resource for learning about the industry, finding critique groups, getting a critique, etc. An active, vocal, helpful community exists there.  You’ll want to join in the conversation.

“Michkids” Listserv: “MichKids” is an online community sponsored by the Michigan chapter of SCBWI. It is a place where published and pre-published children’s writers and illustrators share ideas, insights, and experiences with one another in an effort to learn more about our business and craft. MichKids provides an avenue for our members to connect regardless of their geographical distance and has become an online community for more than 400 of our Michigan members.

Subscription is free and open to any SCBWI member with a primary Michigan home address. MichKids is hosted by Google Groups. To join MichKids, send an email to our listserv manager Debbie Diesen: ddiesen at gmail dot com (use the @ sign on the keyboard instead of typing in “at” and . instead of “dot”)

Put “SUBSCRIBE MichKids” in the subject line of your email. In the body of email, add the name you used to become a member of SCBWI, street address, city, zip code, and the expiration date of your membership. Be sure to use the email address you used for your SCBWI membership. 

Your SCBWI membership will be confirmed and then you will be invited to join our listserv. The invitation will come to the email you provided. Check your spam mailbox if you do not receive the invitation within a week or so. You will then receive a welcome message with subscription options and information designed to help you participate. 

What is a Listserv?
A listserv is an automatic email mailing list where participants share a common interest. Members/Subscribers send messages to a single email address. The list management “host” (in this case, Google Groups) automatically forwards these messages to all the other subscribers. 

Think of posting to a listserv community much like writing one postcard, putting one address and one stamp on it, and having your postcard immediately and simultaneously delivered to an entire community of people. Readers may reply to you via the list, privately, or not at all. But anything sent to the common address can be viewed by all who subscribe.

Subscribe to Mich-Kids and you’ll get in on the conversation with many Michigan members as we share info about writing and illustrating, individual news, and upcoming events.

If you need to unsubscribe, send an email to

Emily Post(ing) on Netiquette

by Kim Marie Wood

Emily says: “It is generally impolite to type with the CAPS LOCK on. While it may be easier for those less proficient at the keyboard, it is not polite to SHOUT!”

Emily also says: “An individual’s signature file should never be longer than the message they post. Minimally, it should include the sender’s name, city and email address.”

Emily recommends: “Stop and check the To field before hitting the send button. Don’t suffer needless embarrassment by sending a private post to the entire list.”

Emily strongly urges: “When replying to a message, don’t automatically include the entire last post. Snip and include only pertinent pieces.”

And finally, Emily offers this advice: “Always make sure the subject line reflects the message content. And if the related messages spin off in another direction, alter the subject line appropriately.”

For listserv issues or concerns, please contact our Listserv Administrator, Debbie Diesen at ddiesen at gmail dot com.

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