California: SoCal

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Fall Harvest Writers and Illustrators Day

Join us as we learn about craft and book publishing, connect with agents, an art director, authors, and an illustrator. Mingle with other creatives. We’ll offer critiques, portfolio reviews, pitches, and contests. When: Sat., Oct. 5, 8:30-6:00 pm PST Where: California State University Fullerton, Titan Student Union OR online (zoom). Register now!

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LA Kids Book Festival - Sept. 8, 2024

Do you have a children’s book to sell? Join us at the LA Kid’s Book Festival! The festival offers a rich array of activities suitable for children of all ages, including live book readings by celebrated authors, interactive storytelling sessions, musical performances, and various arts and crafts activities. This year, the festival will also introduce new authors and illustrators, providing fresh perspectives and stories that captivate and inspire. SoCal has rented a booth space so you can book a seat now.

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OC Children's Book Festival Sept. 22, 2024

Do you have a children’s book to sell? Join us at the OC Children’s Book Festival! This event draws 7,000 book-loving families to our local Orange Coast College. Our SoCal Region rented a booth so you can sign up and sell your books. Open to all PAL and self-published members. WE ARE SOLD OUT! If you'd like to be placed on a waitlist, please email Bev Plass:

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Welcome to California: SoCal!

Our region includes Long Beach and the counties of San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange. We are a friendly group that provides meet-ups, critique groups, a spring MG/YA writers retreat and a fall conference. If you are just starting out or have a long-standing career as a writer or illustrator, you are invited to join us. We’re all about making connections!

Our Team

Meet-ups and Critique Groups


Newsletter & Kite Tales Blog

Member Good News

Get to Know our Writers

Get to Know Our Illustrators

Writers and Illustrators Connect

Membership benefits

Jump into a quick overview of the benefits that SCBWI members can enjoy.

Becoming a translator

Translation: Some Frequently Asked Questions, by Avery Udagawa

Keep in touch

To inquire about local events, awards, or opportunities, please email Bev Plass: