SCBWI Europolitan started when five regions in continental Europe (Belgium+Luxembourg, France, Germany+Austria, Switzerland and The Netherlands) decided to combine forces in order to bring their membership a conference packed with workshops, presentations and opportunities to share work.
The inaugural Europolitan conference was held in Paris in 2013. Following its success, future conferences were planned to take place on a bi-annual schedule, with each participating country hosting the conference in turn. The second conference, held in Amsterdam, solidified Europolitan’s reputation for offering conferences with valuable content presented by outstanding faculty from the US, UK and international publishing world. The Europolitan conferences also create opportunities for networking and support amongst the broader European membership. We’re looking forward to our third conference near Brussels in May 2017.
In between the Europolitan conferences, the sense of community is kept alive with our annual Summer Scrawl Crawl. Taking place on the summer solstice, each region hosts one or more local meet-ups in an inspiring location where members can spend time sketching and writing. Photos and posts from the day are shared online. In addition, there are several facebook groups for Europolitan attendees and regional members to network and share.
Working together under the Europolitan initiative, our regions are able to provide programs that our individual regions alone couldn’t offer.
Dina von Lowenkraft, Regional Advisor, Belgium+Luxembourg
Tioka Tokedira, Regional Advisor, France
Patti Buff, Regional Advisor, Germany+Austria
Elisabeth Norton, Regional Advisor, Switzerland
Melanie Rook Welfing, Regional Advisor, The Netherlands