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Upcoming in the L.A. Region

The Working Writer’s Retreat

Sept 11-13, 2015 – Holy Spirit Retreat Center, Encino

A 3-day, 2-night intense revision retreat beginning and ending with a first page (~200 word) pitch session. The retreat opens Friday at noon and consists of critique sessions, revision time, and parties – including Saturday night karaoke. A practice first page session with an Author panel begins the fun which crescendos in a pitch session with four acquiring Editors and Agents. Members only.

Faculty Information and wait list registration: https://losangeles.scbwi.org/events/2015-la-wwr/

Illustrator’s Day

Sept 26, 2015 – Clairbourn School, San Gabriel

Speakers, contests, portfolio reviews and more. Everyone has the opportunity to learn from industry guests, gain insights on craft, creativity, collaboration and the best way to grow your illustration career. Non-members welcome.

Registration opens in July or August.

Sue Alexander Grant for the Working Writer’s Retreat

Oct 1 – Nov 30, 2015

Win free tuition and a guaranteed seat at this popular retreat. L.A. region members only.

The Success Story of Amanda Hollander – the 2013 grant winner

Writer’s Day

March 12, 2016 – Skirball Cultural Center

Look for news about our one-day only format. Opportunities to learn, be inspired, and meet industry professionals. Non-members welcome.

More information will be posted late in 2015. Registration opens in December or January

Mentorship Contest

March 1 – 31, 2016

Our 2nd annual contest for a 6-month Mentorship – this time for an MG or YA Author. L.A. region members only.

More information will be posted early in 2016

New B-I-C Retreat 

April 1 – 3, 2016 – Holy Spirit Retreat Center, Encino

3 days of your butt in a chair working on your craft. The retreat opens Friday at 4:00 PM. Private accommodations (unless room sharing is requested.) Commuter option is also available. Includes all meals from Friday dinner to Sunday breakfast and optional critique groups throughout the weekend. Staying on site: $350; Commuter: $225. Members only.

Registration opens October or November.

PAL Team News

The SCBWI push to create more opportunities for published members took a big step forward with our booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Twenty-eight authors and illustrators signed and sold their wares over the two-day fest. Everyone agreed that this felt like the start of a new tradition and plans are already in the works for next year’s booth. More projects are on the drawing board, so we hope other PAL members will reach out to help SCBWI help them down the long road of successful publishing. Contact the LA region if you’d like to join the PAL team.