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.


The Art and Business of School Visits

PAL Event: NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION! * School Visits Workshop with Alexis O'Neill. * Saturday 11/4/23 / 9:45am - 1:30pm at the Camarillo Library (in Camarillo, CA). * ONLY FOR PAL MEMBERS.


CenCal's 2024 - Beach Writing Retreat

Stay tuned for more information! (coming soon....)


2023 CenCal's Annual Writer's Day - SPARK THE FIRE WITHIN!

***REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED/SEATS ARE FULL. Join us for Writers’ Day Saturday, September 9, 2023, 9:30am to 3:30pm at the Camarillo Library. *** You’ll enjoy speakers, prizes, coffee/pastries and catered lunch, photo opportunities, and a chance to mingle with other writers and illustrators. *** Check out our amazing lineup of keynote speakers and inspirational spotlight speakers--including Lin Oliver, Melissa Manlove, Jennifer Rofe, Jaime Zollars and more! *** Optional Add-On (while supply lasts: Choice of either a live 10-minute Zoom Pitch ($50) on Sunday September 10 with an Agent or Editor--or a Written Critique ($55) by an Editor handed to you at the end of our September 9th event. (Add-ons available only to those registered for the above 9/9/23 in-person conference.)

Meet Our Team/Volunteer Positions

CenCal Events

County Mingles

Illustrators' Corner

Critique Group Connection

Author School Visits Directory

Member Resources

CenCal Newsletters

Keep in touch

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