Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2023 Spring Writers Retreat

Date(s) - 05/04/2023 - 05/07/2023
12:00 am

Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins
25994 CA-189 - Twin Peaks, CA 92391

Attention Writers of MG and YA

Spring Writers Retreat – May 4-7, 2023

Registration is now full!

If you’d like to be placed on our waiting list, please email Bev Plass.

Featuring these fabulous faculty members. Click on their photos to read their bios.

Kaylan Adair

Executive Editor, Candlewick Press

Bibi Lewis

Agent,  Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency


Molly O’Neill

Agent, Root Literary

Kaitlyn Sanchez

Agent, Bradford Literary Agency

Want to perfect your novel? Want to connect with other creative writers, three agents and an editor? Want to get away? Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins are tucked away in the mile-high forests of the San Bernardino Mountains. Picture yourself strolling on a nature walk in a protected national forest, surrounded by fresh mountain air and majestic pine trees, the ideal setting for a writer’s retreat. There are a multitude of streams, ponds, and walking trails throughout the property, perfect for quiet reflection or soul rejuvenation. Although we are serious about our craft, the vibe of our retreat is relaxed and fun, reminding us of the joy and the reason we are authors.

You can see more photos of the location here:

Our retreat features four small-group critique groups, written critiques prior to the event, a 15-minute 1:1 coaching session with a faculty member of your choice, writing contest, happy hour, hiking, and mingling. There is even a swimming pool, jacuzzi and firepit!

Four Small-Group Critique Sessions 

Meet with one of the faculty and six other writers where you get to read pages from your manuscript and get valuable feedback on what is working, and what could be improved. We’ll have four critique sessions, and time between session so you can decide to either revise and re-present those pages, or move forward with new pages.

Written Critiques:

Prior to the retreat, you have the option to sign up for a paid written critique of your work. We will return the written critique to you one week prior to the retreat so you can revise before we meet in person. If you register for a written critique, please follow these instructions:

Email: Email ten (10) pages of your manuscript and a one-page synopsis as one attachment (doc or docx) to

Subject line: Critique/Agent or Editor’s last name/Your full name; for example: Critique/Lewis/Bev Plass

Deadline: midnight 3/23/2023

Formatting: Your manuscript must be saved as a Word document, double-spaced, Times New Roman, one-inch margins, and must have a header with your name and page numbers. The synopsis may be single-spaced, one-page, one-inch margins. Your synopsis may be the eleventh page, but please do not send more than ten pages of your manuscript. Save your manuscript as  Your Name, Title, Genre.  For example: Bev Plass, Camp Loyalty, MG.

Free 1:1 15-minute Coaching session

Are you stuck on an aspect of your story? Need to deepen your character? Make your plot more compelling? Create a synopsis or pitch that’s irresistible? Included in your registration fee is one free 15-minute 1:1 coaching session with one of our faculty. You will be able to choose which faculty member you’d like to meet with. Bring two copies of what you plan to discuss to the session.

Covid Safety

To help everyone feel safe and healthy, to minimize the risk of Covid-19, we are following the regulations and guidelines established by SCBWI,  federal and local health officials.

By registering for this event, you agree to the following:

  1. You must show proof of vaccination OR proof of a negative PCR test taken no earlier than three days before the event.
  2. You or your family members must not have been sick for 10 days prior to the retreat.
  3. Those who exhibit any symptoms will be sent home.
  4. You may wear a mask.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel for any reason, you may do so by April 20, midnight, for a full refund.  If you or anyone in your household comes down with Covid, you may cancel up to May 4, 8:00 am for a full refund. If you need to cancel, please contact Bev Plass.

This event is fully booked.