•   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER May 5th to May 7th 2017 Sixteenth Annual Spring Writers' Retreat Attention all Young Adult and Middle Grade writers: Put the shine on your novel with the support of professionals in a scenic mountain retreat. Join Kate Sullivan, Senior Editor from Delacorte Press, Random House Children's Books, Literary Agent Erin Young from Dystel, Goderich & Bourret, critically-acclaimed YA author Estelle Laure and MG novelist, Steve Bramucci. Our goals? For you to find the gold in your manuscript and query letter, and to inspire you to polish your work until we all holler “Eureka!”  Attendees will participate in four critique-group sessions lead by an editor, agent and authors. You will hear speaker presentations on the craft of writing, as well as valuable feedback on query letters and what makes them shine. Plus, you’ll get to mingle with an editor, agent, authors and fellow Forty-Niner writers during happy hour.   This three-day, two-night retreat includes lodging, meals, critique groups, speaker presentations, sunrise meditations, hiking, campfires under the stars and lots of writing time. Because we want to keep the critique groups cozy, we are restricting the number of attendees to 23.  The beautiful Taquitz Pines are tucked away in the mile-high pine forests of the San Jacinto Mountains. Picture yourself strolling on a nature walk in a protected national forest, surrounded by fresh mountain air and majestic pine trees, just a short ten-minute stroll to the quaint town of Idyllwild with its unique shops and art galleries. There are a multitude of quiet reflection spots throughout camp, the perfect setting for a writer’s retreat.  
  • Learn how to build your website and blog like a pro—even though you are not! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER DATE: February 22, 2017  Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm Location: dA Center For The Arts, 252 S. Main St., Pomona, Ca 91766 EVERYONE knows you need a website if you own a business but building a website, or even keeping a Blog is a daunting task. This mini seminar is designed to help the novice, the savvy business person, moms, professionals, writers, artists, educators, and anyone else who wants/needs a website or blog but is concerned about maintaining it and saving costs. John Dadlez, internet genius, will teach you the principles of web design and help you establish whether or not you need a blog or website. He will use Wordpress as the format for his talk and guide you through the aspects you need to know when creating your website without spending hundreds to thousands of dollars…. and, you will receive the tools you need to update regularly—with ease! He will also help you build and establish your all-important Internet presence by explaining how the Internet works in a way that you will understand.  You will come away with knowledge on how to make you own blogs and/or websites and feel comfortable maintaining them without paying exorbitant fees. $25  2 hour session (SCBWI Members)  $38  2 hour session (Non-Members)  This seminar is what YOU need to move your business further with as little pain possible…you are now, literally, the ‘Master of your DOMAIN”
  • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER You are invited to join us for a hands-on workshop with award winning Author Alexis O'Neill. LOCATION Cal State University Fullerton Date: Saturday, APRIL 1ST, 2017   Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 PM Cost:   $35 For SCBWI Members $45 For Non-members Creating a World in 800 Words or Less In picture books, less is more. Learn how to build a rich world for readers in small word counts. In this intensive, you'll try ytour hand at writing juicy verbs, creating repeating patterns, employing perfect similes and metaphors, and cutting story text until it becomes a perfect read-a-loud.  
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Our chapter of SCBWI includes Orange County, San Bernardino, Riverside and Long Beach. We have sunny beaches, snow-capped mountains, award winning wineries and the legendary deserts of Palm Springs; Disneyland and Raging Waters; and most importantly we have some incredible writers and illustrators who gather here for a

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