California: SoCal

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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!

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May 26 Meet-up: Guest Speaker Ginny Myers Sain

Learn how to use acting methods to improve your novel.

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Tahquitz MG/YA Writers Retreat-SOLD OUT

If you'd like to be put on our waiting list, email Bev Plass: Our four-day retreat in the idyllic Idyllwild mountains will be May 30-June 2. Our event includes four small-group critique sessions lead by an agent or editor, a free 15-minute one-on-one coaching session with one of our faculty and optional paid written critiques prior to the conference. Our faculty include: Editors Rachel Diebel and Sally Morgridge, and agents Jemiscoe Chambers-Black and Alex Weiss.

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OC Children's Book Festival 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. Registration opens July 12.

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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: