By SoCal Regional Team

tahquitz-pines-forestSCBWI SoCal has some great events coming up!

May 5-7, 2017 – SCBWI SoCal Spring Retreat 2017: Finding Gold

YA and middle-grade writers, now’s your chance to work on your novel with the support of professionals in a scenic mountain retreat. Our goals? We want you to find the gold in your manuscript and query letter and inspire you to polish your work until we all holler “Eureka!”  Attendees will participate in four critique-group sessions led by an editor, agent, and published author. You will hear speaker presentations on the craft of writing as well as valuable feedback on query letters and what makes them shine. Plus, you’ll get to mingle with the editor, agent, authors, and fellow Forty-Niner writers during happy hour.

tahquitz-pines-fireplaceThis three-day, two-night retreat includes lodging, meals, critique groups, speaker presentations, sunrise meditations, hiking, campfires under the stars, and writing time. Because we want to keep the critique groups cozy, we are restricting the number of attendees to 23.

Taquitz Pines is tucked away in the mile-high pine forests of the San Jacinto Mountains, just a short ten-minute stroll to the quaint town of Idyllwild with its unique shops and art galleries. There are a multitude of quiet reflection spots throughout camp – the perfect setting for a writer’s retreat.

tahquitz-pines-entranceDates: May 5-7: Friday at 1:00 PM to Sunday at 1:00 PM

Location: Tahquitz Pines in Idyllwild, California, 55251 South Circle Dr., Idyllwild, CA 92549

Price: $375 for SCBWI members, $395 for non-members

tahquitz-pines-cabinWritten critiques will also be available: $45 for SCBWI members, $65 for non-members

The guest editor, agent and two published authors will be announced soon! Register here.

April 1, 2017, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Writing Intensive: Creating a World in 800 Words or Less

In picture books, less is more. Learn how to build a rich world for readers in small word counts. In this intensive, you’ll try your hand at writing juicy verbs, creating repeating patterns, employing perfect similes and metaphors, and cutting story text until it becomes a perfect read-aloud.

Location TBD in Orange County. Register here.

About the Presenter: Alexis O’Neill is the author of awarding-winning picture books, including The Recess Queen, Loud EmilyThe Worst Best Friend, Estela’s Swap, and The Kite That Bridged Two Nations, and is a California Young Reader Medal nominee for 2016-2017. She served as the first director of education at the Museum of Ventura County, is an instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, and was the SCBWI Regional Advisor for the Central-Coastal region for eighteen years. She is currently an active board member of the Ventura County Reading Association and the CLU-California Reading and Literature Project.


The SCBWI SoCal Region is gearing up for their second Art Exhibition at the dA Center for the Arts. We will be opening our ‘Call for Entries’ in February 2017. This show will include picture book, cover art, graphic art, and promo pieces. All works will be juried in. For more information please contact Gina Capaldi.


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