Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illustrator Crawls

For illustrators, crawls are an opportunity to meet, explore, and create with prompts.   

The Crawls meet at predetermined locations around Orange County, San Bernardino, and Riverside that motivate and inspire. A simple theme or prompt is provided, and then we go off to explore and create in a group or separately. Meetings are typically between 1.5 and 2 hours to create a story, illustration, or even a simple painting. Members are then encouraged to share and critique their work.

Bring a drink, snack, sketchbook, notebook, and writing equipment.

Please note that in most cases, we will be outside. Dress accordingly. Optional: lounge chairs

**You MUST RSVP to Gina Capaldi at to each event as times/locations may change.


Upcoming events:

Santa Ana Zoo

1801 E Chestnut Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Date: Sunday, April 19

Time: 10:00 am

Entry fee: $12 per adult/ Seniors $9.00

Meeting place: Ticket booths (Look for SCBWI signs)


Ralph B. Clark Park

8800 Rosecrans Ave, Buena Park, CA 90621

Date: Sunday, May 17

Time: 10:00 am

Entry fee: $5.00 

Meeting place: In front of the Interpretive Center

  • Bring snacks and beverages 
  • RSVP to Gina Capaldi by Wed., May 13
  • Program cancelled if raining


Santa Ana Botanical Gardens

1500 N College Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

Date: Sunday, June 21

Time: 10:00 am

Entry fee: $10/Seniors $6

Meeting place: Outside ticket kiosk

If you’re interested in using a model for this location, please contact Gina Capaldi at (*Possible $5 model fee)

  • Bring snacks and beverages  
  • RSVP to Gina Capaldi by Wed., June 17
  • Program cancelled if raining


Laguna Niguel Regional Park

28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel

Date: Sunday, July 19

Time: 10:00 am

Entry fee: $5 for parking

Meeting place: Play area just inside park entrance. 

  • Bring snacks and beverages
  • RSVP to Gina Capaldi by Wed., July 15
  • Program cancelled if raining


Events TBA:

  • Sunday, August 16, 10:00 am. Location TBA
  • Sunday, September 20, 10:00 am. Location TBA
  • Sunday, October 18, 10:00 am. Location TBA
  • Sunday, November 15, 11:00 am. Location TBA

Questions? Please contact Gina Capaldi @