Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Writers Meetups

You are welcome to join our SoCal Meet-up

When: Sunday, January 22, 2023 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. via Zoom

Featuring: Karol Ruth Silverstein

Join Schneider Family Book Award-winning author Karol Ruth Silverstein for an afternoon of discussion and writing exercises aimed at helping you bring authentic disability inclusion to your work.


KAROL RUTH SILVERSTEIN (she/her/disabled) is an award-winning children’s book author and screenwriter. She’s been an active member of the SCBWI for over 20 years. She has identified as disabled since the age of 21.

Karol’s debut young adult novel, Cursed (Charlesbridge Teen), was loosely drawn from her experience of being diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at thirteen. A funny, frank and unsentimental take on the “sick kid” genre, Cursed won the prestigious Schneider Family Book Award in 2020.

Other work includes Stuck! (Help Please!), a Chicken Soup for the Soul-Babies board book from Charlesbridge, and an essay in the anthology, Keeping It Real with Arthritis: Stories from around the World, edited by Effie Koliopoulos (ImagineWe Publishers). 

Originally from Philadelphia, Karol now lives in West Hollywood with two exceptionally fluffy cats.

Learn more about her on Twitter @KRSilverstein, Instagram @KRSilverstin2019 and at


We typically meet on the fourth Sunday of each month at 1:00-2:00 p.m. via Zoom. We will not meet in December. In 2023, we plan to meet: Jan 22, Feb 26, March 26, April 23, May 28, June 25, July 23, Aug 27, Sept 10, Oct 22, and Nov 26.

Immediately following the meet-up, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. we offer critique groups by genre (picture book, middle grade, and young adult) for those who have submitted their work during the week prior.  To see the range of critique groups we offer, submission formatting guidelines, deadlines, and contact info per group, please check our Critique Groups Page.


Online till further notice! (Zoom link given via email)

SCBWI Members are automatically on the mailing list. If you are not a member and would like to be added to the meet-up mailing list, contact Bev Plass: