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LitMingles: Our new name for the Schmoozes. LitMingles are free meetings throughout L.A. County on a variety of topics. To learn more about one in your area, please visit: http://losangeles.scbwi.org/mingle-calendar/

2016 Contests:

Mentor Contest: Win a 6 month Mentorship for a MG or YA Author. Contest opens for entries from March 1-31, 2016. Watch for more information on the Mentor and contest details coming soon. SCBWI-L.A. members only. http://losangeles.scbwi.org/contests/mentor-contest/

Sue Alexander Grant for the Working Writer’s Retreat: Win free tuition and a guaranteed seat at this popular retreat. Contest opens for entries from October 1 to November 30, 2016


2016 Events:

Writer’s Day Event and Contests: March 12

New one day format. Face-to-face manuscript critiques available. Contest winners not only receive free tuition to a future SCBWI-L.A. event, they will also receive a free 20 minute face-to-face critique with an editor or agent. More details here: http://losangeles.scbwi.org/la-events/about-writers-days/

Registration opens in December 2015

New Butt-In-Chair Retreat: April 1-3

Two nights, five meals, snacks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, the company of other butts-in-chairs working on their craft, impromptu critique groups, and the privacy of your own room. SCBWI members only.

Staying on site: single occupancy – $350; Commuter – $225

Registration opens October 15, 2015 – https://losangeles.scbwi.org/events/bic-retreat-2016/

L.A. Times Festival of Books: April 9-10

Book signing opportunity. SCBWI members only.
Registration opens in February 2016

2015 Authors, Illustrators and schedule: http://losangeles.scbwi.org/fob/

Critiquenic: Early June

Free Critique flash mob picnic-style. SCBWI members only.


Working Writer’s Retreat: Sept 30-Oct 2

Focus on your writing. Polish your pages. Read for and network with acquiring editors and agents. SCBWI members only.

Registration opens in May, 2016



Sarah Laurenson and Sally Jones Rogan, Regional Advisors