California: SoCal

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OC Children's Book Festival

Come support local authors and illustrators at our SoCal region's booth at the OC Childrens Book Festival! Buy books, get autographs, see their presentations live onstage! Sunday, Oct. 1, 9:30-4:00 at OCC.


Fall Harvest Writers and Illustrators Day - HYBRID

Join us as we learn about craft and book publishing, connect with professionals in the industry, and mingle with other SCBWI attendees. We have a full day of speakers: agents, an editor, an art director, and published authors and published illustrators - Sat., Oct. 7, 8:30-5:00.

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Welcome to California: SoCal!

Our region includes San Bernardino, Riverside, Long Beach and Orange County. 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


SoCal Newsletter

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: