Costs, Refunds, Scholarship

How much does it cost to attend Cencal’s 2024 Writers & Illustrators Day conference? How about to add a Written Critique or Live Pitch?

The Cost for Saturday's 9/21/24 Writers & Illustrators Day In-Person Conference @Camarillo Community Center (Camarillo, CA) includes morning coffee/pastries plus lunch catered by Corner Bakery and free parking, and is tiered as follows:

• Early Bird Registration/SCBWI members - $127

• Regular Price/SCBWI members - $137

• Non-SCBWI attendees - $147

• Costs for optional Written Critique = $60

• Cost for optional Live Pitch (at Sunday's online 9/22/24 Zoom Pitchfest) = $50

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

For conference cancellations PRIOR to Monday July 22 we will issue a refund minus a $35 processing fee.

For Written Critiques and or Live Pitches: >>

  • This refund will be bundled with the above if cancelled PRIOR to Monday July 22.
  • As a courtesy to our Industry Experts, there will be no refunds on Written Critiques or Pitches for cancellations AFTER Monday July 22.
  • Note: There will be no refunds (or extended deadlines) for missed manuscript submission deadlines or for incomplete or late submissions for Written Critiques.
  • Note: There will be no refunds (or extended deadlines) for missing your Live Pitch time slot (including if you are having technical difficulties on your end, so it is critical you test your equipment and Zoom connections before the Pitchfest starts as we will not have time during the event to assist you with that). 

Should an emergency arise after the final cancellation date please contact Regional Advisor Rebecca Langston-George ( to discuss on a case-by-case basis. 

Applying for our Scholarship:

SCBWI CenCal offers a scholarship for a $1 entry to our 9/21/24 Writers & Illustrators Day for one SCBWI CenCal member who otherwise might not be able to attend. 

1.    To be considered, please email Regional Advisor Rebecca Langston-George ( no later than Friday June 28th 11:59pmPST with your name, the county in which you live (must be Ventura, Santa Barbara, Kern or San Luis Obispo to be eligible), a brief description of what you hope to accomplish by attending and a link to your SCBWI membership page. 

2.    The scholarship recipient will be contacted individually by June 30th.

3.    Important Information: Previous recipients are not eligible. * The winner will not be publicly announced in order to respect the recipient's privacy. * The scholarship covers the fee for conference attendance and food only. If you want to add an optional Written Critique or Live Pitch, that is a separate charge. 

4.    Please direct any questions to Regional Advisor Rebecca Langston-George (


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