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SCBWI Japan Remote Book Discussion: To Amplify Marginalized Voices

Date(s) - 06/26/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



SCBWI Japan Remote Book Discussion: To Amplify Marginalized Voices.

For SCBWI Japan Member Writers, Illustrators and Translators

Time:   June 26, 2020, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Japan time

Place:  Remote–via Zoom

Fee:     Free to SCBWI Japan members

RSVP:  Reservations required. To reserve, email japan (at) by Wednesday, June 24.

This event is for SCBWI Japan members. Please be sure your membership is updated before registering for this event. 

This event will be in English, although many participants understand Japanese.

Protests over the death of George Floyd have caused makers of children’s literature worldwide to renew their commitment to amplifying Black and marginalized voices. What does it mean to amplify marginalized voices in the context of Japan? How about in the cultures where SCBWI Japan members live, travel and publish? What published works of children’s literature can we look to as guides in this work?

The June 2020 SCBWI Japan Book Discussion will be open to SCBWI Japan members, including pre-published and published writers, illustrators, and translators of children’s and young adult literature. 

At this gathering, all four members of the SCBWI Japan regional team will offer recommendations of mentor texts. Next, participants will be invited to recommend a book or two in brief 1-3 min booktalks. Then, we will engage in an open discussion to consider: 

As writers, illustrators and translators, what can we do to be anti-racist? 

What can we do to support #BlackLivesMatter? 

How can we amplify marginalized voices in Japan and our individual contexts?

How do we tackle writing/illustrating/translating stories outside our race, class, heritage or experience?

What resources does SCBWI offer us in this endeavor?

All SCBWI Japan members are welcome to participate. You can check your membership status by visiting, clicking the striped green icon at the top right, and then clicking Renew.

We look forward to your email reservation and your participation in To Amplify Marginalized Voices.