Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators





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.