Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

New Members

Welcome from Regional Advisor Bev Plass

Hello and welcome to the Southern California region of SCBWI!

We’re here to inspire and support your skills as a writer and/or illustrator for children’s books. We offer meet-ups, critique groups, retreats, conferences and connections through social media. Check out your range of options below.

If you gave a Southern California address when you joined SCBWI, you are automatically on our mailing list. Our Regional Advisor regularly sends out email announcements to the chapter, so check your spam folder if you aren’t receiving the emails.


Bev Plass is the Regional Advisor for our region. If you have any questions, you can email her at:

Carlene Griffith and Cynthia De La Torre are our C0-Assistant Regional Advisors.

Places to get involved:

Mailing list – Email Bev to be added

Monthly Meetups

We meet virtually on the fourth Sunday of the month 1:00-2:00.

More info HERE

Monthly Critique Groups

We have four groups:

SoCal Critique Group – meets the fourth Sunday of the month 2:00-4:00pm

Inland Empire Critique Group – meets the third Saturday of the month 9:00am-1:00pm

Bilingual Critique Group – Meets the second Tues of the month 6:00-8:00pm

Author-Illustrator Critique Group – meets quarterly

More information can be found HERE

Facebook group

Exchange ideas, share inspirations and more!




Shiho Pate is the Illustrator Coordinator. If you have any questions, email her at

Places to get involved:

Mailing list

Email Shiho to be added

Monthly Meetup

We meet every second Saturday of the month from 10am – 12pm.

More info HERE

Facebook group

Announcements, polls, discussions!



Exchange ideas, share inspirations and more!


You can also connect with Writers and Illustrators  using the following:

1. Newsletter

Twice a year we publish a newsletter to share highlights from our regions. Check out our newsletter, fresh off the press HERE

2. Instagram

Follow us HERE.

3. Twitter

Follow us @SCBWI_SoCal. Please use #SCBWISoCAL or #SoCalSCBWI in posts that apply to us so we can build our online community.

When using social media, please remember to keep your comments polite and positive. Don’t engage with trolls. You can like posts, retweet posts, share links from other people, show how to support others through example.

Using the @ is how you tag someone, who will then be notified that they’ve been included in your post. (For example, if you’re posting a book you’re reading, @ that author! If you want to tell others about how awesome our chapter is, tag us with @SCBWI_SoCal)

# is how you start a hashtag, which is a way to create keywords that describe your posts, but, more importantly, help in post searches. For example, #SCBWISoCal. If I type that hashtag into the search box, all posts with it will come up.


If you have an idea of how YOU can contribute to our newsletter or social media, please contact Bev at