You don't need to be a published author or illustrator to join the SCBWI. Long-time members and new friends are always welcome. Our monthly open meetings are a great place to discover what's happening in our own backyard. It's a place where we share tips and tricks about writing, illustrating, revision techniques, submission do's and don'ts and much more. It's also a place to share what's inspired you this month or even what's getting in the way of finishing that project you used to love but which now sits untouched on your desk. Just as important, we're also a community. SCBWI members understand the challenges of trying to write and illustrate for the modern children's book market.
Our SCBWI in the Netherlands is a regional chapter of the international SCBWI and a doorway to a even larger world of information and advice.
The Amsterdam SCBWI Children's Lit Craft Network meetings are held the second Friday of January, March and May 2016 at The ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam Center, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Admission is free and open to members and non-members (we do appreciate small donations for refreshments).
The Den Haag SCBWI Children's Lit Craft Network meetings are held the third Monday of February, April and June 2016 at the ABC Treehut at Lange Poten 23 in Den Haag Center, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Admisson is free and open to members and non-members (we do appreciate small donations for refreshments).
Friday, September 11 (Amsterdam – Theme: Illustrator Collaboration)
Monday, February 15 (Den Haag – Theme: Bologna Children's Book Fair)
Friday, March 11 (Amsterdam – Theme: How to Conquer the Query Letter Beast)
Monday, April 18 (Den Haag – Theme: Once Upon A Time – Storytelling Game)
Friday, May 13 (Amsterdam – Theme: Making My Business Model Canvas)
Monday, June 20 (Den Haag – Theme: Plot Basics – Theory and Roundtable Critiques)
About the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam: a little bit of history…
Originally used as the American Book Center warehouse, Voetboogstraat 11 has been an important location for the American Book Center for many years. In 1998, when ABC's events grew more popular than the store could hold, Voetboogstraat 11 became a natural home for this growing part of the ABC company culture.
This new venture was named the ABC Treehouse, in honor of that special and magical childhood place where you went with friends to try new things and tell deep secrets. A treehouse was a place that you built together with others, from where you could look out and see your world and the state it was in. Together with your pals you could plan to change the world… or to forget about it for a while. It was a safe haven and a launch pad, a place where you could express yourself.
The ABC Treehut is the living room of the bookstore in The Hague and is located above the store at Lange Poten 23. Open since May 2003, this community center is a non-profit initiative of The American Book Center. Inspired by the success of the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam, ABC opened a cosy space in Den Haag and called it the ABC Treehut.
The ABC Treehut presently hosts a series of courses, workshops, training sessions, all run by individuals and/or organizations, such as the SCBWI, interested in sharing and passing on their knowledge to those who wish to do the same. The American Book Center also holds her events in the ABC Treehut.