Writers and illustrators meet on the second Thursday of every other month in Redondo Beach for the South Bay LitMingle. The local group is in its second year, resurrected by Mingle Co-Chairs, Stephanie Dreyer and Anna-Mari Lija, who are thrilled to bring together local writers and illustrators in the South Bay. Read on for more on their recent mingle with award-winning and best-selling author, Sheri Fink, and how you can join in. Non-SCBWI members are welcome to LitMingle too!
The Mingle meets at a local pre-school, Mi Casita (1603 Aviation Blvd., #107, Redondo Beach 90278), that generously allows the group to use the space for free. It is a perfect atmosphere for children’s writers and illustrators to connect with their target audience and get inspired by the child-like surroundings.
The topics have been chosen by a poll of the group’s interests and have included author, agent, and editor guests on a variety of topics, such as loglines, query letters, “how to write every day,” and Books. The group also does one critique session a year. Their most recent Mingle featured award-winning and best-selling author, Sheri Fink, discussing successful independent publishing and marketing strategies.
The South Bay LitMingle is open to the public. Upcoming topics will include marketing and publicity strategies, as well as a Q&A session with a local agent, and tips from an editor on how to get your manuscript in tip top shape!
Stephanie Dreyer is the South Bay LitMingle Co-Chair and the founder of VeegMama, a vegan lifestyle brand that shares her passion for living deliciously and compassionately; the host of YouTube’s “The Good Life With VeegMama”; and a children’s book author. Her latest book, Not A Nugget, is now available on Amazon.