• Are you a children’s book writer/author or illustrator in the Mendocino County or Ukiah area? Are you interested in learning more? Come join the conversation at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator’s (SCBWI) first ever Mendocino County "Casual Coffee" on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 from 11:30 am. – 1:30 pm at Black Oak Coffee Roasters, 476 N. State Street, Ukiah.


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News & Regional Updates

November 2015

Are you a children’s book writer/author or illustrator in the Mendocino County or Ukiah area? Are you interested in learning more? Come join the conversation at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator’s (SCBWI) first ever Mendocino County meet and greet! Pop in for twenty minutes or the whole time! Grab your coffee and munchie and meet like-minded writers; look for the "SCBWI" table tent and pull up a chair. Tell us what you want to see in your area — critique groups? Writing workshops? Writing retreats? Group write-ins? Let's plan some events and feed our creative minds. Open to SCBWI members and nonmembers, beginners through advanced. Free. Contact Natasha Yim for more information, natashayim@icloud.com. Hope to see you there!
What: Casual Coffee
Where: Black Oak Coffee Roasters, 476 N. State Street, Ukiah
When: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 from 11:30 am. - 1:30 pm Black Oak Coffee Roasters, 476 N. State Street, Ukiah. 
Cost: Free!

Logo contests!! Two Amazing opportunities for Illustrators: one deadline!

Logo Contest #1 Critique Carousel Banner Contest: Our Critique Carousel webpage and materials needs a banner! See above for a description of our monthly "Critique Carousel." Artwork should represent this fun, unique concept. The winner will have their image displayed on the SCBWI Critique Carousel Webpage, on the Critique Carousel Slider on the regional home page, and various critique materials. SEE BELOW FOR RULES. Send entries to Co-ARA Nikki Shannon Smith:  canorthcentral-ara@scbwi.org

Logo Contest #2 2016 Spring Spirit Logo Contest: Our popular, annual "Spring Spirit" conference is a day filled with keynote speakers, editors, agents, authors & artists…motivating and inspiring writers and illustrators of all levels. But first, we need an amazing logo! The winning image will be displayed prominently on the SCBWI regional webpage, newsletter, and all conference materials. It's sure the grab the attention of the professional speakers and agents. We hold this every year, and it's a pretty big deal. See last year’s winning logo as one example: https://canorthcentral.scbwi.org/events/2015-spring-spirit-conference/ . The winner will attend the 2016 Spring Spirit Conference FOR FREE (an over $200 value!) and get to attend the esteemed faculty-only dinner to schmooze with editors and agents! Please include “Spring Spirit 2016” somewhere in your image. SEE BELOW FOR RULES. Send entries to Illustrator Coordinator Rose Cooper: RoseCooperWriter@Gmail.com

Rules for both contests

*Open to current SCBWI CA North/Central Regional members only. No entry fee!

*Entries will be judged by your Regional Team. Winner will be announced at the 2015 Holiday Mixer in December (note: register now for the free mixer event while there are still openings!).

*You may enter one or both contests if you’d like. Just keep in mind to email as separate attachments to appropriate contact person.

*Any medium/style

*Send image as JPEG attachment in email.

*Sign your name and include your website on bottom of image

*Format should be 1024 × 373 pixels, 300 x 300 dpi

*ANY ENTRY NOT SENT ACCORDING TO RULES WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. However, if you notice the error on your own, you may fix it and re-enter if it's before the deadline.

*Entries due November 25, 2015!!!!! Winners will be announced at our Holiday Mixer, December 10, 2015


November Critique Carousel Meeting: Next stop: Davis!

Lunch/Social: 12:00-1:00pm
Critique Meeting: 1:00-3:00pm

Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library — Blanchard Room
315 East 14th Street – Davis, California Davis

This is our last critique meeting of the year. Don’t let the holidays take away your writing or illustrating time! This informal “brown bag” luncheon will focus on critiquing manuscripts or illustrations in small groups. Manuscripts/illustrations are due via email by November 20th.

Everyone is welcome! SCBWI members are free. Non-members may attend their first Critique Carousel Meeting free; we ask a $10 donation for any subsequent sessions.

Contact: Nikki Shannon Smith is the Critique Carousel Coordinator. All communications, manuscripts and illustrations should be sent to canorthcentral-ara@scbwi.org.


Don’t forget our Holiday Mixer is coming up! This exciting event is the evening of December 10, 2015, in Rocklin. We've secured our speaker, YA Author Kim Culbertson, and she's preparing a great talk on "Why We Write." We’ve got a surprise for registered attendees, and seating is limited, so register now. We’ll change venues if we have to, so get those seats reserved! The more the merrier. Really.