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by Dawne Knobbe

dtrh Santa catalinaWe’re excited to announce that Down the Rabbit Hole, an SCBWI Los Angeles field trip, is back and will be held on May 17, 2020! This Sunday field trip began in 2005 with SCBWI-LA offering members a new experience – an adventure designed to help participants discover a deep and truthful essence of their characters while bonding with other creative souls.

Since 2005, our character-focused adventures have explored many Southern California settings. We’ve ventured by train to both Carpinteria and San Juan Capistrano and then by ferry to Santa Catalina. We’ve boarded the Queen Mary, and explored the Huntington Gardens and The Getty.

If you’d like to know more about what’s in store for you Down the Rabbit Hole this year, keep reading!

Down the Rabbit Hole is a creative journey

Participants working on a particular story often come with a character in mind for the day’s adventure. By bringing your character to a different setting and imagining how they react in a new environment, you can begin to understand their character on a deeper level. For others, the character and story prompts help to jump start the discovery of new characters and stories. It’s a day to kill off the nasty critic in your head and dtrhreplace it with a more helpful partner in the editing process. The day mixes work with fun, as we always have something crafty up our sleeves.

Do you have a specific theme for this year’s trip?

Yes, we will be working on the interaction between our characters and setting. We will explore how influences such as climate, environment, community, and isolation affect characters, in addition to diving into other possible struggles defining your character.

Where are we going this year?

We will be hopping the Pacific Surf Liner in LA and chugging our way to San Juan Capistrano. We will explore The Los Rios Historical district, tour the Mission, and enjoy a yummy lunch and a wander before hopping the return train.

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How many people can go on Down the Rabbit Hole?

We can only accommodate about 20 people. Some years we’ve had a long waitlist so I always suggest people sign up early. In the past our returning participants have made up about 75% of our group so I am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and lots of new ones.

When can you register?

Registration is now open and closes on May 3rd, 2020.

Don’t be late!

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Dawne Knobbe - IfrelandDawne Knobbe has a BA in Creative Writing and an MA in Professional Writing. She has been on the SCBWI-L.A. board for 12 years, is the founder of the Sand Scribes Children’s Writers Group, and co-founder of the Huntington Beach Writing and Illustrating Contest in conjunction with the HB Authors Festival. Dawne is currently president of The Nature Kid, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring ocean conservation in children.  

Photos by Lisa Joy Osdale-Popa. Author image provided by Dawne Knobbe.