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Three Chapters = Lots of Exciting Events!

Each of the three chapters that make up the SCBWI Tri-Regions of Southern California has an exciting array of yearly conferences, workshops, schmoozes, and retreats that focus on honing the skills of writers and illustrators, and help keep our members in touch with the publishing community. Browse the lists below, or click on the links to each individual chapter to learn more.

SCBWI Los Angeles

  • Writer's Workshop: Winter - half-day workshop featuring speaker demonstrating nuts and bolts techniques on the craft of writing for children.
  • Writer's Day: Spring - a one-day conference featuring speakers, a professional forum, writing contests, and awards.
  • Critiquenic: Summer - free, informal critiquing sessions for writers and illustrators facilitated by published authors/illustrators, held after a picnic lunch.
  • Writer's & Illustrator's Sunday Field Trip: Summer- hands-on creative field trip for writers and illustrators.
  • Working Writer's Retreat: Winter - a three-day, two-night retreat featuring an editor, speakers, and intensive critiquing.
  • Illustrator’s Day: A one-day event focusing on the business of illustrating books for children.
Click here to learn more about the SCBWI-LA Chapter.

SCBWI Orange County/San Bernardino/Riverside:

  • Workshops: Two or three workshops offered annually. In each, a guest author or illustrator leads a discussion on a selected topic
  • Spring Writer's Retreat: Spend a weekend under the stars in Palm Springs while honing your craft with guest editors, speakers, workshops, and round table critiques.
  • Schmoozes: Contact Marlene Perez at Marlene Perez e-mail link for infomation about upcoming Schmoozes.
  • Critiquenics: Mold your manuscript into shape with a fun, supportive group.
  • Illustrator's Field Trip: Bring your sketchpad and / or camera and let your creativity flow.
  • Writer's Day: A one-day conference with guest authors and editors and plenty of hands-on workshops.
Click here to learn more about the Orange County/San Bernardino/Riverside Chapter.


  • Writer's Day: A one-day conference addressing both the craft and the business of writing for children.
  • Retreat: A three day, two-night intensive. Alternating years focus on works-in-progress and business issues such as school visits and promotion.
  • Workshops: Half-day to full-day sessions that teach a specific skill, offer advice or provide hands-on experiences.
  • ARTWORKS! Illustrator’s Day: A one-day event focusing on the business of illustrating books for children.
  • Critiquenics: Each county hosts one or two informal critiquing sessions each year.
  • Scholarships: Available to two qualifying members for tuition to a major SCBWI conference. May deadline.
  • Promoting Published Members: Annual PowerPoint presentation at Writer’s Day. List of members who visit schools.
  • Listserv: A forum for sharing tips on craft and business, asking questions about the industry, and celebrating members’ good news.

Click here to learn more about SCBWI Central-Coastal California Region (CCal).

Visit the SCBWI TRI-REGIONS CALENDAR for a complete, current listing of all events.

Event Archives

SCBWI Tri-Regions of Southern California sponsors many one-day conferences throughout the year. Click on the links below to read about past events.


llustrator's Day 2005
llustrator's Day 2004

llustrator's Day 2003

Writer's Day 2004

Writer's Day 2003


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