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Westside Schmooze Coordinators Karol Ruth Silverstein (left) and Charlie Cohen (right) with special guest speaker Allen Zadoff (center), acclaimed YA novelist, at the December 2011 Westside Schmooze.



Friendship, support, information, inspiration…  Whether you've never written a story or have been published several times, you'll find something to gain by attending a SCBWI schmooze.

The aim of our schmooze is to be a forum for sharing and learning, a source of inspiration throughout the year, and a place to make contacts for ever-helpful critique groups.

We welcome writers of every stripe--poets and novelists, nonfiction writers, magazine contributors, and picture book author/illustrators. We welcome people interested in attending just one meeting or those looking for a regular community of writers. We welcome anyone interested in writing for kids.

The longest-running schmooze in the region, the Westside Schmooze meets the second Wednesday of the month at the Fairview Branch Library Community Room, 2101 Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Our meetings are in association with the Fairview Branch Santa Monica Library.

CLICK HERE to e-mail Karol or Charlie more info or to RSVP to an event.

Click HERE to visit the Westside Schmooze Facebook page
Click HERE to visit the Tri-Region Schmooze Blog - Westside edition.

Upcoming Topics:

Please check the SCBWI Tri-Regions Calendar for the meetings and upcoming topics. CLICK HERE to go to the Calendar.


Look for metered parking behind the library, in front of the library on both sides of Ocean Park Blvd. and on the side streets right near the library, but note that it's permit parking only further down on the side streets.

In the library:

We will be meeting in the Community Room, located to the right, just past the Children's section.

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