Happy New Year to all of our Los Angeles SCBWI Members from the Regional Team and Board!

This year, Writer’s Day has an exciting new format that you won’t want to miss.

On Saturday, March 12th, we will be at the beautiful Skirball Cultural Center. Registration opens January 10th. Click on this link for the full details:

Main Stage: In the Magnin Auditorium, there will be a morning of talks by publishing professionals and author presentations in the afternoon. Each talk will allow time for questions from you, the audience. We will also have door prizes and the Sue Alexander Service and Encouragement Award.

Some of our faculty and their presentations:

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Brenda Bowen, Greenburger Associates: “Bunny Eat Bunny: Thirty Years of Kids’ Book Publishing—Brought to You in 60 Minutes”

Stephanie Stein, Harper Collins: “Writing Your Book (Not Someone Else’s)”

Debbie Ridpath Ohi: “Introverts, Rejections and Lightning Rods: 30 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Pre-Published Self”

Robin La Fevers: “Digging Deep, Letting Go, and Breaking Out: Some Thoughts On Building a Sustainable Creative Life While Pursuing Your Publishing Goals”

Breakout Sessions: We will have four one-hour breakout sessions in the Haas classrooms. These sessions are only available to SCBWI members. The breakout sessions are included in the cost for the day; you must sign up for them when you register. Space is limited.

Log into your SCBWI account for more detail on these breakout sessions:

“On Being Specific”: Brenda Bowen

“Social Media for Authors and Illustrators-Master Class”: Debbie Ridpath Ohi

“What to Expect When You’re Revising”: Stephanie Stein.

“Architexture”: Robin La Fevers 

Extras: There will be a limited number of manuscript critiques available: some written only and some face-to-face. Register early if you want to buy a manuscript critique. You can indicate if you prefer a critique with an agent, an editor, an author, or if you have no preference. We will do our best to accommodate everyone’s preference.

Contests: Remember to enter the contests—open to all who register for Writer’s Day ( This year’s winners will receive free tuition to the combined Writer’s and Illustrator’s Day in Spring 2017 plus a 20-minute face-to-face critique with an editor or agent. Winners need to be present to receive the in-person critique