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Minglers discussing plot.

The SCBWI L.A. Hollywood LitMingle started humbly. For the past three years, Deborah Blum and Jean Perry (that’s me) have taken the mingle from a living room to the meeting space at the Hollywood Fairfax Library. It’s absolutely delicious to meet with other children’s writers. We who gather on those special Thursdays “get” each other. We find friends whose eyes don’t glaze over at the mention of plot and inciting incident. When we talk about crisis and climax, we can ask which is which. Picture book, middle grade, young adult, and new adult writers are welcomed to this free event every month. We usually start out full group, and then break into small groups based on genre, to get the specific support we need. Mingles are open to the public.


Author/Illustrator Laura Lacamera advises LitMinglers on their picture book dummies.

Planning with and learning from former co-coordinator, Deborah Blum, was an exciting experience! As we sought to provide relevant material for others, low and behold, we also taught ourselves. All the best, Deborah, in your current and future endeavors. And now – drumroll– writer A.J. Cosmo is stepping up as fellow co-coordinator. Listening to him during critiques, I’ve found his comments succinct and insightful. I am looking forward to working with the man whose fun stories tell important truths.

“It’s my hope to form a dedicated and enthusiastic group of writers and work with them from concept to completion,” said A.J. “It would be a dream come true to see every member acquire representation.”

Please visit the Hollywood Mingle. We’d love to meet you! See the SCBWI L.A. LitMingle calendar for upcoming topics.

Hollywood Mingle
Fairfax Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library
161 South Gardner Street, LA 90036.


June_2016_JeanPerry_HollywoodMingleFind out more about Jean Perry, Co-coordinator, SCBWI Hollywood Mingle, at www.jeanperrywrites.com. She’s completing, after many years, a historical fiction middle grade manuscript.



June_2016_AJCosmo_HollywoodMingleA.J. Cosmo, Co-coordinator, SCBWI Hollywood Mingle is the self-published author/illustrator of over thirty books, including the best-selling The Monster That Ate My Socks and I Don’t Want to Go to School. He has been a member of SCBWI for three years and hopes to help other authors achieve their goals. Find him at www.ajcosmo.com.




Photos provided by the Hollywood Lit Mingle.