• The California: North/Central region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is excited to unveil two new scholarship opportunities for our 2018 annual Spring Spirit Conference. One is a General Scholarship open to all members of our region. The other is an Own Voices Scholarship open to all writers and illustrators, age 18 or older, who meet one of the criteria for diversity as defined by We Need Diverse Books.
  • Join us for a panel of middle grade and young adult authors who will discuss their artistic process in the creation of children's books. Authors will be holding a book signing following the talk; a limited number of books will be available for purchase.
  • 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

Nov 2016

Join us for SCBWI CA North/Central’s Holiday Mixer & Potluck! There will be food & fun, plus a display of our regional illustrators’ work and a reveal of the winning Spring Spirit Logo. Help us celebrate all our successes in 2016! AND all attendees will get a little holiday gift! [Must be present to get the present, no exceptions, get thee to the par-tee!]

December 3rd, 2016 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Clunie Center, 601 Alhambra, Sacramento, CA
This is a free event, but registration is required: https://canorthcentral.scbwi.org/events/save-the-date-holiday-mixer/ 


“That’s Why We Have Us” Session in January

Critique group partners Jeri Chase Ferris, Connie Goldsmith, Patricia Newman, and Linda Joy Singleton have nearly 90 traditionally published fiction and nonfiction titles between them. Their awards and recognition include a Golden Kite, a Crystal Kite, a Green Earth Book Award, and YALSA Honors. They are presenting a special session where they will offer insight into their critique process and then stage one of their critique group meetings using up to eight different audience manuscripts. They will focus on overall themes, voice, character development, plot structure, word choice, and marketability. Newcomers and veteran writers alike will see a long-standing group at work and hopefully come away with a few new critique strategies for their own groups. $35, includes written critique! Limited space so register early. https://canorthcentral.scbwi.org/events/thats-why-we-have-us-2/



Featured Illustrator

We feature a regional artist every month via Instagram (scbwi_ca_northcentral) with the hashtag #ArtofSCBWICA. This month's artist is Shurie Bocanegra — give us a look and them a like! Our featured regional illustrator gets to share their four favorite images, shown on our regional Instagram feed on consecutive Thursdays. There’s also a prompt for #SCBWIDrawThis each month, and we're encouraging our members to also use the hashtag #ArtofSCBWICA if they're participating, and to tag our accounts. September featured illustrator was Joshua Nash, and October was Aja Mulford. 

Portfolio Workshop in Feb 

Look for all the details on our Portfolio Shapeup workshop, scheduled with a super industry expert, to go live on November 7th! Get insider info on what to include in your portfolio, which images catch the eye of an Art Director, & how to put your images in an attractive order.


Registration for a student illustrator SCBWI scholarship opens November 3rdhttp://www.scbwi.org/awards/grants/student-illustrator-scholarship/

Postcard Opp

Illustrator members, check the latest Insight issue for an opportunity to have your art featured on SCBWI promotional postcards. This contest comes to us from the main office, and all members are eligible to enter their kite-themed art. You can enter as many works as you’d like.

Spring Spirit Logo Contest

We had a record number of entries, SIX TIMES THE NUMBER WE HAD LAST YEAR, each and every one of them all charming, making the judges' job very difficult! The winning entry will be announced at the Holiday Mixer on Dec 3rd, the day before conference registration opens. Congratulations to all artists.

Holiday Mixer & Potluck Opp

Illustrators: Help us celebrate your hard work! Bring your favorite piece of art, 11×14 or smaller, along with an easel, and proudly display it at our Holiday Mixer & Potluck! If you’ve got a small sculpture or other small piece of art, you can bring that along with a tabletop display stand. Let us ooh and aah as we cheer you on. Sign up here: https://canorthcentral.scbwi.org/events/2016-holiday-mixer-and-potluck/

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

Keep in touch, will ya?