We love our volunteers at SCBWI and couldn’t exist without them! “Volunteer Spotlight” is a great way to get to know them for yourself and learn more about what they do and how you can volunteer too. Now meet Jessica Chrysler, the Los Angeles Region’s Social Media Coordinator.
When I joined the SCBWI in 2008, I had just graduated from art school. I had no idea how to get published and I hadn’t read the latest best-seller in middle grade, but I knew without a doubt that I wanted to create stories—books specifically. So I attended the South Bay Schmooze, and within the first two meetings, I became the co-coordinator. I was scared at first—I had no idea how this stuff worked—but soon I discovered that I was in the same place as most of the members in our area. Time to roll up my sleeves and jump into some research!
I devoured the resources available to me from the SCBWI headquarters, I talked with other, more experienced members when I had the time to go to meetings, I joined the listserv, and I attended several of the summer conferences as well as Illustrator’s Day. I discovered a vast network of individuals located here, in my own hometown of Los Angeles, and I wondered, “How can I keep in touch with all these wonderful, creative people if I can’t make it to the regular meetings?”
It was not until I attended the Working Writer’s Retreat this year that I found out about the opening for a Social Media Coordinator. I thought, “Perfect! I can do that! I can post things to Facebook, I do it all the time.” But little did I know the real challenge of the position—getting all of you involved on our social media pages so that you can stay active and connected to our creative community.
As Social Media Coordinator, I’m looking forward to sharing more with you about upcoming events like the 2017 Writers and Illustrator’s Day on February 25th and keeping you connected with the various resources and news in our Los Angeles community of writers and illustrators. So be sure to add SCBWILA to your Twitter feed, Facebook, and Instagram.
If you have ideas on topics you would like to see shared on these networks, please reach out to the pages and let us know!
Jessica Chrysler is an illustrator with a writer’s heart. She has several credits for illustrating picture books and comics, and is currently working on finishing an epic YA fantasy. For more information please visit JessicaChrysler.com
You can learn more about volunteering with SCBWI, all the great perks and freebies it entails, and what positions are open from the links below. We need everything from graphic designers to social media coordinators to event hosts. If you want to give back, we’ll find a place for you!
SoCal Region (email for info)
Writer’s Retreat Photo provided by Nutschell Windsor
All other illustrations and photos provided by Jessica Chrysler