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by Ann Rousseau Smith, CenCal News Liaison


SCBWI CenCal’s Mentor Program 

Congratulations to our 2016 Mentees

Picture Book: Laurie Daley, Doreen Maulhardt, and Susanne Whitehouse

Middle Grade: Cindy Marcus

Young Adult: Linda Hearn

Mentorships run March 6 through September 3, 2016.

Mentors and mentees will communicate a minimum of twice a month during the six-month program using a digital method selected by the mentor (i.e., e-mail, Skype, Zoom, etc.). Mentees will submit one complete (or in-progress) manuscript for the mentor to read and then revise based on the feedback, allowing the mentor time to comment on revisions.

2016 Mentors:



Left to right: Picture Book Mentor Ellen Jackson,  Middle Grade Mentor Bruce Hale, and  Young Adult Mentor Sherry Shahan.

Rejection Pity Party
at The Junkyard Café in Simi Valley

March 26, 2016Pity Party - Whole Group 2Turning lemons into lemonade: (back row l to r) Yuki Yoshino, Jen Vagle, Andrew Carlson, Anne Maczulak, Susan Ruch Roush, Tricia Candameres, Barbara Bietz, Rebecca Langston-George (front row l to r) Alexis O’Neill, Camille Genovese, Mary Ann Fraser.


Barbara Bietz shredding a rejection letter.


Save the Dates!

For registration information, go to http://cencal.scbwi.org/regionalevents/

May 7, 2016:  ArtWorks, Thousand Oaks

June 11, 2016: Sketchcrawl

August 13-20, 2016: CenCal Critique Week, Region-wide



Book Talk is a monthly book discussion group taking place on the SCBWI Central-Coastal California listserv. Discussions begin on the first of each month, facilitated by Lynn Becker (lynnb@mac.com). To become a member of the listserv, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/SCBWI-CCal/

MAY: Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby (YA)

The 2016 Printz Award winner is both a lyrical love story and a chilling mystery. Who kidnapped Roza? What’s up with Finn?

JUNE: Mother Bruce, by Ryan T. Higgins (PB)

The story of one grumpy bear and the four goslings that he gets instead of breakfast—too funny to be missed!

JULY: Finding Winnie, by Lindsay Mattock, illustrated by Sophie Blackall (PB)

Beautiful art makes this Caldecott-winner worth looking at, but the fine story makes it a truly memorable book.