Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Creative Conversations

SCBWI Inland NW will host 4 Creative Conversations for INW members in 2021.

Click the date below to registerer.


February 9

May 11

August 10 

November 9 Click to Register


During these interactive meetings, group conversations will be guided by the PAL (Published and Listed) members below. Each participant is a valued part of the conversation. Your experience, questions, and suggestions will benefit others.

Hope to see you in the months ahead!


Picture Book Moderator, Annette Bay Pimentel

Annette Bay Pimentel writes nonfiction books for kids about the people and ideas that have shaped our world. Her newest picture book biography, Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Reshaped Libraries with her Stories, comes out September 2021. Her biographies All the Way to the Top: How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything (Sourcebooks: 2020) and Girl Running (Penguin: 2018) were both Junior Library Guild Selections, and Girl Running was a Golden Kite Honor book. Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook Up the National Park Service (Charlesbridge: 2016) won the National Council of Social Studies’ Carter G. Woodson Award. Her books have appeared on many states’ young readers’ award lists. She lives in Moscow, Idaho.

Middle Grade Moderator, Laurel Gale

Laurel Gale writes middle grade novels and picture books. Her debut novel, Dead Boy, was published by Crown Books for Young Readers in 2015. Her most recent novel, Story Magic, was published by Jolly Fish Press in October 2020. Laurel lives with her husband and their ferrets in Clarkston, Washington. In addition to writing, she enjoys hiking, photographing wildlife, playing board games, and reading. You can visit Laurel online at or on Twitter at @laurel_gale.



Young Adult Moderator, Trace Kerr

Trace Kerr is a bisexual misfit mom of two who writes action packed magical stories that celebrate queer teens (and she’s ALL ABOUT happy endings).

If you love The Raven Cycle, The Fifth Season, Six of Crows, Trail of Lightning or anything by Terry Pratchett–you might like the kind of stories Trace creates.

When she’s not adding to her massive TBR pile, she can sometimes be heard on Spokane Public Radio as the producer & co-host of the lighthearted science and history podcast called Brain Junk.

Trace lives a life of organized chaos in Spokane with a gardening crazed chemist, one kid who’s still at home, several chickens, three cats, and a darling chocolate lab named Ruby.

Her first YA novel, THE NAMES WE TAKE, came out in 2020.


Illustration Moderator, Jessica Linn Evans

Jessica Linn Evans is an author-illustrator and SCBWI member. Her illustrations are rendered with traditional media including watercolor, graphite, and ink.

Her debut picture book, Penguin Sets Sail, released in May 2020 from Canonball Books and Rainstorm Publishing. She has also illustrated Waiting Through Winter by Jason Farley (Jovial Press, 2015), Little Mouse Finds A Friend by Jeni Leidenfrost (Jovial Press, 2017), and Solar The Polar by Kim Constantinesco (MacLaren-Cochrane, 2017).

Jessica is an elementary school art teacher, a school librarian, and a high school volleyball coach. She lives in the beautiful state of Idaho with her husband, her four delightful children, and a bunny named Bucky.