CenCal 2023 Writers Day Conference FAQs


Is registration open?

Registration openings will occur according to the following timetable:


July 21 - 1-Day Early Bird Pricing Registration Opens for CenCal Premium Members(*)

July 22 - Early Bird Pricing Registration opens for all SCBWI Premium Members(*)

July 26 - Last Day for Early Bird Pricing Registration

July 26 11:59pm - Early Bird Pricing Ends (Registration will temporarily pause to audit for ineligible registrations)

July 27 - Regular Pricing registration opens for everyone 

Registration will close when all available seats are filled

(*) Premium membership is the new terminology for your regular paid membership status.



July 15 - Deadline to apply for the Lin Oliver Grant (free conference attendance & free pitch)

August 1 - Postmark deadline to mail in Critique Manuscript Submissions (emailed submissions will not be accepted)

August 1 - Deadline to cancel if you purchased a live pitch or a written critique 

August 5 - Deadline to email Writing Contest entries

August 20 - Refund Cancellation Deadline (Note: a $25 cancellation processing fee will be applied to all refunds)

After August 20 - No refunds will be issued

How do I add a pitch or written critique to my registration?

Writers Day add-ons (including live Pitches and Written Critiques) are only available during the initial registration process. During that process you will have the opportunity to register/pay for any available live Pitch or Written Critique options.  Once an Agent's or Editor's supply has been exhausted, you will see the FULL icon by his or her name.

What is your refund policy?

Cancellations prior to August 20 will receive a refund minus a $25 handling fee with the exception of refunds on critiques—no refunds on critiques (including registration) after August 1. Out of courtesy to the Agent/Editors, no refunds will be issued after August 20. If you miss your Pitchfest time there will be no refund and no makeup date. 

If I Sign Up for a Pitch, how will I get my Zoom links?

The Zoom access information for the Sunday 9/20/23 Pitchfest will be emailed to you approximately two weeks before it takes place.

I registered. Where's my confirmation email?

At this time, there's no confirmation email after you register. You can confirm registration by viewing details under your Member Home > Events page.  

Is food included in the price? Can I bring my own food and drinks?

Included in the price of our September 9, 2023 in-person Writer’s Day Event at the Camarillo Library are the following:

· Morning pastries and coffee. 

· Lunch provided by Martino’s Catering including sandwiches, salad, fruit and chips.

· During registration you may indicate your sandwich preference to help us provide an approximate count for the caterer, but we can't guarantee specifics. If you have a dietary concern, please contact ARA Paulina Hill at cencal-ara@scbwi.org at least 10 days before the event.

Please note the venue allows only water bottles, no other outside food or drinks.

Where do I park at the Event location?

The Camarillo Library has sufficient free parking space in their parking lots for all registrants. Additional street parking may also be available.  

What is the Covid Safety Policy?

We will follow the self-screening policy adopted by SCBWI: https://www.scbwi.org/faq/global/scbwi-policies

I have additional questions.

Please do not use the "help" button! Instead, please email please contact Paulina Hill/ARA at cencal-ara@scbwi.org for all conference inquiries in order to get a faster response. Thank you for your patience.