Europolitan was born as a joint initiative between five SCBWI European regions to pool their resources and plan a conference together that would be larger than any one region could host alone. The inaugural Europolitan conference was held in Paris in 2013.
Following the success of the first conference, future conferences have taken place on a biennial schedule, with each participating country hosting the conference in turn. The second and third conferences, held in Amsterdam and Brussels, 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 provide opportunities for networking and support amongst the broader European SCBWI membership. We’re looking forward to our fourth conference in Zürich May 4-5, 2019.
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. In addition, there are online-based critique groups for members of the Europolitan regions.
In 2017 the Europolitan Mentor Program was launched. This is yet another example of how, working together under the Europolitan initiative, our regions are able to provide programs that our individual regions alone couldn’t offer. In 2018, the two of the Euroolitan regions (The Netherlands & Belgium-Luxembourg) merged into the new Benelux region.