• Spring Spirit 2016 open for registration!
  • Are you a writer of children's literature in Mendocino, Lake or Sonoma Counties? Want to see more literary events in our region? Join us for Casual Coffee Ukiah!
  • 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

Feb 3, 2016

Staying busy and fruitful we hope?! We've got lots going on so get ready to take notes.

Are you ready to save some moolah?

The Early Bird discount for our annual spring conference closes Thursday, Feb 4! Hurry up and register and save yourself $56 *AND* you get a FREE $40 workshop add-on!! That's almost a HUNDRED DOLLAR SAVINGS! This year's lineup is outstanding, and like the conference itself, the new night-before workshops offer something for everyone, from beginner to seasoned, writer to illustrator! https://canorthcentral.scbwi.org/events/spring-spirit-2016/ 


Are you ready to get down to business?

Many members, especially new ones, have asked "When's the next meeting?" The answer "Uh, we've never really held traditional meetings" didn't feel like a good enough answer…so we're starting new, quarterly meetings in our region! So what are these meetings, you ask? They’re part support group, part cheerleading, part show & tell…where our regional members mix and mingle and share expertise. No set agenda, except for general announcements (such as publishing news, local book signings, upcoming writing events like workshops or conferences). We'll set up a Brag Table for you to bring your latest releases or works in progress, maybe your portfolio or latest bookmark. Come ask questions, share stories, make a friend. We’ll be setting them up in the north section in Redding/Chico, the mid section in greater Sacramento area, the south section in Modesto/Fresno, and the coastal section in Mendocino County. Our first meeting is 10am on March 26th at the El Dorado Hills Library, the next one is same place and time on June 18thhttps://canorthcentral.scbwi.org/events/regional-meeting-sacramento-area/ More meetings in more sections to come!


How about that newsletter?

Our regional newsletter, ACORN, in its perhaps final current format, will be posted soon so have a look when you get the chance:https://canorthcentral.scbwi.org/acorn-california-northcentrals-newsletter/. As you know, we have bid our editor Beth Hull farewell. We are looking to take the newsletter into a slightly new direction and need a new editor. If you are interested in being that cutting-edge helper, this is your last chance to throw your hat in the ring — contact us at canorthcentral@scbwi.org. [If you already contacted us and we replied, we still have you on the list and will be in touch soon. We'll be making decisions this month. Thank you for your interest!]


Are you PAL and attending Spring Spirit?

Are you a PAL member with a 2015 or 2016 release? Are you attending Spring Spirit? Send us your book cover jpeg, ISBN, publisher and release date and we’ll include it in both the slide show AND our conference bookstore! All this must arrive by Friday, Feb 12. Please note: you must be a verified PAL member AND be a registered Spring Spirit 2016 attendee. Send to coARA Bethany Telles, canorthcentral-ara2@scbwi.org.


Jan 7, 2016

https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifHappy New Year! Let's see what's going on in our fabulous region:

> Modesto is holding a New Year's Mixer and potluck TODAY, Monday, Jan 11.  Sarah Jamila Stevenson, award-winning YA author of The Latte Rebellion, will be speaking. Come one, come all! Bring a snack, make a friend.

> Mendocino area folks, join your neighbors for some informal Casual Coffees at Black Oak Coffee, 476 N. State Street, Ukiah. Pop in anytime on January 16, 2016 from 11:00 am. - 1:00 pm, on February 6, 2016 from 11:00 am. - 1:00 pm, and/or March 12, 2016 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Look for the “Casual Coffee” table tent. Get answers from your fellow writers, share experiences, tips and writing resources. Your new SCBWI friend Natasha Yim will be looking for you!

> On Jan 25th, learn How to Write a Picture Book, Part II in Fresno. If you missed Part I, that's okay, our speaker and author Joan Schoettler will catch you up quickly. Shout-out to member Suzi Guina for pulling together all our Fresno and Modest events.

> Who doesn’t love books? Redding gets a Valentine’s weekend Critique Carousel stop on February 13th, 10:30-12:30, at the lovely Redding Library. The topic is I'd Do Anything for Love (but I Won't Write That). You’ll love it! [Are you catching onto the love theme?]

> Looking farther ahead, on March 26th, North Natomas will get a Critique Carousel Meeting, a great way to get more feedback on your work as well as make contacts & friends before the April conference.

AND Don't forget our annual, regional Spring Spirit” conference is coming up on April 29 and 30, 2016. This year's event is not to be missed! We’ve got over a dozen, super qualified & amazing faculty members ready to push you to the next level, from a NY agent to an author/illustrator that’s on Oprah’s Young Reader’s List. We’ve expanded into Friday night this year, and as an incentive to register early, all Early Bird registrants can attend a Friday Night Workshop FOR FREE! [It seems to be working too! In a little over three we weeks we are already a quarter of the way full! You might want to book soon. Also, the sooner you register, the more likely you are to be assigned your preferred critiquer, whether it’s your portfolio or manuscript.] **Our PO Box and online registration is up to date as of January 6th, and everyone that has registered and/or sent in a manuscript so far has been confirmed via email; if you haven’t heard from us, drop us a quick note and we’ll look into it. **AND don’t forget we have a special limited-edition surprise for all attendees this year. You only get it if you attend! We hope you’re as excited about Spring Spirit 2016 as we are!


Are you Twitter happy? Facebook addicted? So are we! Join us and follow us online.

   >> On Twitter, we're @SCBWINorthCal. Our official "hashtag" for our upcoming Spring Spirit conference is #SCBWISpSp16, so do a scan for it every now and then to stay on top of things. And don't forget to follow @angelicarjaxon because she keeps our Twitter account fat and happy with tips, tricks, news and details! Thanks, Angelica.

   >> 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! Thanks to co-ARA Bethany Telles for keeping things running smoothly.


Dec 15, 2015

We had a wonderful Holiday Mixer; our regional Facebook page has some photos. Wishing everyone a blessed holiday season!

Registration is live for our Spring Spirit 2016 conference in April, so sign up already! We've lots of bonuses for Early Brid registratants, and for conference goers overall.

Next up: Critique Carousel in Rancho Cordova Jan 9th, an informal mixer in Modesto on 1/11/15, "How to Write a Picture Book, Part II" in Fresno on Jan 25th in Fresno, and the Critique Carousel cruising up to Redding on Feb 13th. And even more! Check out ze calendar for more deets, info, and events. We are rocking it.

See you in the new year!


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