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By Ann Rousseau Smith, SCBWI CenCal News Liaison

Congratulations to our 2017 Mentees:

Julie Dillemuth – Picture Book

Karen Jordan – Poetry Collection

Mentor Lee Wardlaw

Our 2017 mentor Lee Wardlaw, award-winning author of 30 books for children and young adults, will communicate with both Julie Dillemuth and Karen Jordan a minimum of twice a month, beginning April 1, 2017. Lee Wardlaw will provide feedback on one complete manuscript, plus comments on revisions.

And drum roll please! The winner of the SCBWI Summer Conference Grant is…

Tricia Candemeres. She will be attending the 2017 conference in Los Angeles with a grant from the CenCal region. Congratulations!


Writers’ Retreat 2017 Participants

Our writers’ retreat, Breaking Out Your Craft, took place in Santa Barbara on January 13-15 this year and was a great success! If you missed this year’s event, please join us for next year’s gathering.


Thumbs up for the Writers’ Retreat Saturday Social


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




April 29, 2017

Workshop: Rediscovering Your TRUE Voice!

Faculty: Robin LaFevers

San Luis Obispo


Writers’ Retreat Faculty Donald Maass


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. To become a member of the listserv, click here.

MAY: The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill (MG). A magical child, a not-so-evil witch, a sad town, and plenty of secrets.

JUNE: Freedom in Congo Square, by Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie (PB). Slaves count down the week until they can meet on Sunday—powerful nonfiction poem and paintings.

JULY: Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis (PB). Watch an exotic plant unfurl, and learn to speak Bug.


Images provided by Ann Rousseau Smith.