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SCBWI-SoCal: Listserv - the regional listserv for members of the Orange County, Inland Empire and Long Beach chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. CLICK HERE to join

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May 18, 2014

Down The Rabbit Hole

It's the 9th Annual Creative Field Trip for Writers and Illustrators

All aboard the Catalina Express. The Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit are ready to tickle your muse and push your characters and story lines to greater depths. Innovative exercises, resourceful tools- and after immersing yourself in the history and mystery of the town of Avalon and Catalina Island including the famous Casino museum (which will be featuring Chaplin and Goddard), we'll be breaking for lunch, and some wandering, writing and shopping adventures.

The art is in the Journey!

Field trip includes: Catalina Ferry ticket ($74.50) / Museum admission / Creative materials / And loads of fun.

(CLICK HERE for more information)

June 7, 2014

Peer2Peer Critiquenic

Don't miss this great opportunity to have your manuscript or portfolio critiqued.

Pack your picnic lunch or enjoy the food available at the Skirball Cultural Center (Skirball Link) at Zeidler's Café (Cafe Link).

WRITERS: Bring 5 pages (6 copies) to be read aloud
ILLUSTRATORS: Bring a portfolio (5 pieces) or book dummy

Protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen and/or a hat. A picnic blanket to sit on is wonderful, too. Though there is seating available, there might not be enough to accommodate everyone.

All attendees will be placed into groups upon arrival. Please be prepared to choose your category for group placement - Fiction or Non-Fiction in the following categories: Picture Book, Easy Reader, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult

This unique FREE event is brought to you by the SCBWI-LA chapter. All attendees must be current members of SCBWI.

(CLICK HERE for more information)

August 1-4, 2014 in Los Angeles

43rd Annual Summer Conference

Registration opens April 21st at 10am PDT

You'll hear from top agents and editors on the state of the market, get inspired by award-winning authors and illustrators, attend small, targeted breakout workshops, and have a chance to connect with old friends and meet new ones!

Whether you are an author or illustrator, published or unpublished, create picture books or Young Adult novels, you won't want to miss the SCBWI Summer Conference.

(CLICK HERE for more information)

September 12-14, 2014

(Friday noon to Sunday noon)

SCBWI-L.A. Working Writer's Retreat

Registration is not yet open

The Working Writer's Retreat is an intense critiquing weekend with critique sessions, revision time, exercises, faculty panels, parties - including karaoke - and culminating in a first pages pitch session with 4 acquiring editors and agents.

(CLICK HERE for more information)


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