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SCBWI Central – Coastal California Region

The Central Coastal Region encompasses four counties: Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Kern. To travel from one end of the region to the other, it takes a pack mule and a 30-day supply of chocolate.

Our region features the following activities:


October. A one-day conference addressing both the craft and the business of writing for children. Guest editors. Author/Illustrator Spotlights. Writing contest. Illustration display. Paid critiques. Co-hosted by the School of Education of California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA.


Winter. Three days, two-nights. Content focus changes each year. Past retreats have targeted manuscript revision, school visits and business issues. Critiques, open mike sessions and roundtable discussions are included.


Throughout the year. Half-day or full-day sessions that teach a specific skill, offer advice, or provide hands-on experiences. Past topics have included: "Ways to Avoid the Problem of a Novel's Sagging Middle," "First Pages," "How To Sell Manuscripts to Children's Markets," "Using Watercolor Techniques to Investigate Character Building," “The ABCs of EZ Readers,” “Plotting Your Way Out of a Paper Bag,” “Trading Spaces: What Authors & Illustrators Can Teach Each Other About Creating Children’s Books,” “Developing Characters with Depth and Kid Appeal” and more.

ARTWORKS! Illustrators Day

Spring. One-day, every other year. This event focuses on business concerns of children’s illustrators.


Throughout the year. Each county hosts one or two informal critiquing sessions each year. Writers are invited to bring up to 5 manuscript pages of a work-in-progress for group feedback.


The Central - Coastal California region offers two grants per year for tuition to qualifying members to attend the SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles. Contact Lynn Becker (CLICK HERE to e-mail Lynn Becker) for information about applications.


Published SCBWI members residing in our Central – Coastal California region are invited to promote their latest book through our annual Writer’s Day PowerPoint presentation. For details, contact Terry Pierce: CLICK HERE to e-mail Terry Pierce. Also, published members who do School Visits are also invited to have their names listed in our regional “Presenter Database.” Names and website URLs should be submitted to Alexis O’Neill: CLICK HERE to e-mail Alexis O’Neill.


Stay “virtually” connected through our region's Listserv that gives local SCBWI children’s book writers and illustrators throughout Central/Coastal California a place to share publishing tips, get inside information on the industry, and celebrate milestones and triumphs. Members can sign on at
Questions? Contact Gwen Dandridge: CLICK HERE to e-mail Gwen Dandridge.

Check out the SCBWI Tri-Regions Calendar  section for details and updates.

SCBWI Central - Coastal California Region (CCAL) SCBWI Advisory Board


Searching for a critique group in your area (Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Kern counties)? Are you running a group and would like more members? Please let us know. Contact: Ann Rousseau Smith (805) 495-8614 or CLICK HERE to e-mail Ann Rousseau Smith

SCBWI CenCal Region
P.O. Box 941389
Simi Valley, CA 93094-1389

CLICK HERE to e-mail Alexis O’Neill

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