Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  • 2019 Spring Writer’s Retreat Middle Grade & Young Adult Tahquitz Pines April 12 - 14, 2019 Stay tuned for more details!   Faculty (others TBA) Deborah Halverson Deborah is the award-winning author of Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies, Writing New Adult Fiction, the teen novels Honk If You Hate Me and Big Mouth, the picture book Letters to Santa, and three books for struggling readers. Deborah has been working with authors—bestsellers, veterans, debut, and aspiring—for over fifteen years. The books she’s edited have garnered awards and rave reviews, and many of the aspiring writers she’s coached have landed agent representation and lucrative book deals.
  • Be careful what you say to your children. Watching Ray Harryhausen’s Jason and the Argonauts with his father, four-year-old Chuck Grieb asked how the skeletons came alive. His father’s answer (“They got skinny actors”) led the boy on a quest for the truth and a lifelong love for the fantastic and a career in the animation industry working for studios such as Disney and Nickelodeon as a story artist, animator, and teacher. The Garden Clan is Chuck’s personal project; a world populated with tiny faeries riding hummingbirds and sinister goblins building steam-powered machines. Chuck’s work has been featured in esteemed publications including Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Imagine FX, Infected By Art, and Exposé. Chuck is represented by Tim Travaligni of Transatlantic Agency. Visit Chuck's website at

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Welcome to SoCal

Our region includes Orange County, San Bernardino, Riverside and Long Beach. We have sunny beaches, snow-capped mountains, and scenic deserts. We are also home to incredible writers and illustrators who mingle and hone their craft at monthly meet-ups and critique groups, an annual retreat and an annual

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SoCal SCBWI fans showing support for Steve Bramucci’s DANGER GANG #2! The signing took place at the most awesome children’s bookstore in SoCal, Whale of a Tale.     Monthly meet-up critique groups sharing resources for children’s writers!