• Spring Spirit 2017 Logo Contest
  • Have you ever thought about writing a children's book? Join us for an introduction into the world of kidlit
  • Mendocino County Meet & Greet
  • Critique Group Information


Take a look at the map of our region. It is vast, extending from the Oregon border southward to Kings, Tulare and Inyo counties. Endless inspiration abounds from such majestic sites as Yosemite, the Eastern Sierra, South Lake Tahoe, the Mendocino coast, Lassen and Mt. Shasta, not to mention the

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News & Regional Updates

August 2016

Critique Carousel is still smooth sailing (surely there is a more apt analogy than that?). We continue to canvas our broad region, making stops in different counties and towns. Jen Garrett will be running the show now, taking the reins from Nikki Shannon Smith, who took the original lead from founder Lou Ann Barnett. We thank them all! Jen has great plans, including speakers and agendas and many other ways to continue to serve our members. Speaking of which…

Our next Quarterly Regional Meeting (9/24/16 in EDH library) will merge with the September Critique Carousel. In fact, all Quarterly Meetings will now be bigger and better…with either a speaker, a critique group meeting, or some sort of professional enhancement! They will remain member-only events. And as long as our venue is free (or close to free), the meetings will remain free! Speakers and events will be subsidized by the region. Register for our next Quarterly Meeting & Critique Carousel 2-for1 now! https://canorthcentral.scbwi.org/events/regional-meeting-sacramento-area-sept-2016/

Save the date: April 1, 2017 Your Regional Team has spent the summer in full Spring Spirit 2017 planning mode—we’ve already secured two keynotes and the entire faculty! You are going to love it. You wanted more editors and agents, so we have more editors and agents. AND we are doing our very best to keep Early Bird prices the same. We’re also looking to hold a pre-conference “prep your portfolio” kind of workshop for illustrators in March, so stay tuned. Registration for Spring Spirit will open in early December, like usual, when we unveil the logo contest winner.

Speaking of Spring Spirit log contest, our annual logo contest has officially started! 2017 Spring Spirit Logo Contest:

The winner will be able to attend the 2017 Spring Spirit Conference at no cost, along with the faculty dinner the night before to schmooze with editors and agents. The winning image will also be displayed prominently on the SCBWI regional webpage and in the newsletter, and will be unveiled at our region's Holiday Mixer. Deadline is 11/2/16.

Make sure to include “Spring Spirit 2017” somewhere in your image. See last year’s winning logo below as one example, on our regional website. Send entries to Illustrator Coordinator Angelica R. Jackson: canorthcentral-ic@scbwi.org


*Contest open to our region's members only
*Any medium/style
*Send image as JPEG attachment in email. 
*Format should be 1024 × 373 pixels, 300 x 300 dpi
*Do not include a signature or identifying text in the entry (that will be added to the winner's image later)
*Entries due no later than 11:59 PM on November 2, 2016

Illustrators, I bet you have noticed our IC has been very busy! In addition to the Art Walk and the logo contest, Angelica has started a new opportunity for our own illustrators. INTRODUCING A HASHTAG FOR OUR ILLUSTRATORS, PLUS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE FEATURED! Illustrators, as you know, you can show off your work, cheer each other on, and challenge yourself with SCBWI's ‪#‎DrawThis prompts. Now we can celebrate our own SCBWI CA North/Central regional illustrators with the hashtag ‪#‎ArtofSCBWICA on Instagram and Twitter.  Be sure to tag our Instagram account (scbwi_ca_northcentral) or Twitter account (@SCBWINorthCal ) and include #ArtofSCBWICA so we can all discover the wonderful talents in our region. One of our region's illustrators to be featured each month. If you'd like to be featured, send an email to Illustrator Coordinator Angelica R. Jackson atcanorthcentral-ic@scbwi.org. You'll need to have four images ready to go when it's your turn. We'll be starting on Thursdays in September, so don't wait to send that email!

Great stuff going on all around! xxoo


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   >> On Twitter, we're @SCBWINorthCal

   >> On Facebook, find us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CANorthCentral/ or search for the public group SCBWI CA North/Central, which is over 650 members strong!

  >> On Instagram, we're scbwi_ca_northcentral

Thanks to co-ARA Bethany Telles for keeping our social media social!

Keep in touch, will ya?