Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Writers Meetups


Sunday, August 28 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. via Zoom

Special Guest Speaker: Lisa Diane Kastner




How to Build Your Writing Career

This workshop will walk participants through how to build a strategy and then associated plan to get their writing from concept to publication. Attendees will leave the session with the beginnings of a high level plan and guidance on how to follow up on developing that plan.


Lisa Diane Kastner is the Founder and Executive Editor of Running Wild Press and RIZE Press which have been honored with two best of 2019 and two best of 2020 books according to Kirkus Reviews, a most anticipated book release for May 2022 by Bustle, as well as several starred reviews and additional acclaim. Featured in FORBES, Lisa was named to Yahoo Finance’s Top 10 Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2021 and nominated to FORBES NEXT 1000, a list of American self-funded entrepreneurs who continue to strive during the challenging times of COVID. She was named to New York Weekly’s Top Ten Females to Watch in 2021, LA Wire’s Top 10 Businesses to Watch in 2021. Under the pen name, Kali Metis, Lisa’s book, CURE, will come out October 18, 2022. She resides in Los Angeles, California with her husband and their two felines, The Master and Margarita. 


Sunday, August 28 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m

We typically meet on the fourth Sunday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Our next meetings are scheduled for  September 28, October 23, and November 20.

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. Upcoming submission dates are June 17, July 15, August 19, September 9, October 14, and November 11. Please follow these manuscript guidelines: Meet-Up Critique Group Formatting. Submit your work to Christine Henderson at (For June, submit to Bev Plass at


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: