The SCBWI-Los Angeles chapter is proud to represent the birth place of SCBWI.
Many generous, talented and visionary individuals in the field of children's
literature, education and entertainment, have resided within its boundaries
over the years, and many more such individuals are still to come.
SCBWI-LA Regional Advisors Lee Wind and Sarah Laurenson
chapter was sculpted and expanded through the amazing efforts of two women,
Judy Ross Enderle and Stephanie Jacob Gordon, and the exceptional local
volunteers who joined them. Each set of regional advisors who have followed
in Judy and Stephanie's footsteps, and the selfless volunteers who donate
their time, energy and creativity, have succeeded in keeping the region
beating with the same passionate heart Judy and Stephanie instilled in it;
the heart that all writers and illustrators of children's literature must
have to persevere and grow - the heart they eventually give over to their
When originally created, the region was called "Southern California"
or "SOCA" and covered an impressive geographic area. Over the
years, as SCBWI's membership blossomed into its fantastic numbers of today,
volunteers established additional chapters throughout the region. In August
of 2000, "SOCA" officially changed its name to better represent
its current geographic boundaries, Los Angeles County, California. In 2002,
it was renamed SCBWI-Los Angeles. Even though the chapter's physical size
slowly reduced with time, it is still one of SCBWI's largest regions, home
to over 1,300 members.
SCBWI-Los Angeles hosts six major events each year:
- Winter - half-day workshop featuring speaker demonstrating nuts
and bolts techniques on the craft of writing for children.
- Spring - a one-day conference featuring speakers, a professional
forum, writing contests, and awards.
- Summer - free, informal critiquing sessions for writers and
illustrators facilitated by published authors/illustrators, held after
a picnic lunch.
Retreat - Fall - a three-day, two-night retreat featuring an editor,
speakers, and intensive critiquing.
||Down the Rabbit
Hole Field Trip - Winter- hands-on creative field trip for writers
Day - Winter - a one-day conference featuring speakers, juried
art competition, contests, and portfolio reviews/display.
Click here to read about past Writer's Days and Illustrator's Days.
SCBWI-Los Angeles' members host smaller events throughout the year called Schmoozes. Schmoozes are informal get-togethers, often held monthly, where general topics are chosen for group discussion.
Complete information about area Schmoozes can be accessed on the Schmooze section of the website.
Details on all upcoming events and Schmoozes will be posted in the Calendar section when available.
The SoCal Speakers List has been discontinued. Other organizations to offer a speaker's list are:
SCBWI-Los Angeles Advisory Board:
Judy Ross Enderle (emeritus)
Stephanie Jacob Gordon
Claudia Harrington (emeritus)
Rita Crayon Huang
Edie Pagliasotti (emeritus)
Sally Jones Rogan
Julie Williams (emeritus)
P.O. Box 1728
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Sarah Laurenson, CLICK
HERE to e-mail Sarah Laurenson
Lee Wind, CLICK
HERE to e-mail Lee Wind
Edie Pagliasotti, CLICK
HERE to e-mail Edie Pagliasotti