California: Central Coastal

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Welcome to SCBWI California: Central Coastal!

The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Central-Coastal California Region provides programs and services for Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Kern counties. We are a warm and welcoming group focused on craft and professional support. Programs include an annual Writers’ Day and Writers’ Retreat, Illustrators events, along with numerous workshops, critique opportunities, and free mingle events in each county for networking.


2024 CenCal's Annual Writers & Illustrators Day -CONNECTING THE CREATIVE DOTS!

***REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! ***Join us for CenCal's Writers & Illustrators Day on Saturday 9/21/24 at the Camarillo Community Center. *** You’ll enjoy Agent/Editor/Publisher & Debut Author speakers--plus prizes, morning coffee & pastries, catered lunch, photo opportunities, First Pages, a Writing Contest, an Illustration Contest, Illustrators Portfolio table, PAL Display Table and a wonderful opportunity to connect with other writers and illustrators. ** SCBWI members registered for the 9/21/24 conference have the option to add up to ONE Written Critique PLUS ONE live Pitch; see following optional add-ons offered by Industry Experts/Agents/Editors: (A) a 10-minute live Zoom Pitch occurring on Sunday September 22, 2024 *OR* (B) a Written Critique handed to you at the end of our September 21st event (no live meeting). Critiques and pitches offered while supply lasts.


CenCal's 2025 - Focus & Flourish Beach Writing Retreat

SAVE THE DATE! Recharge your writing life with some vitamin sea. Enjoy writing time, meditative beach walks, campfire chats, delicious meals, networking with professional children's writers, and optional critique group sessions, all beside the ocean. January 24-26, 2025, at The Cavalier Oceanfront Resort in San Simeon. *** Additional details and registration process coming soon to this website!


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