• With artist Rose Cooper August 29th from 4-6 pm
  • With author Lisa M. Bakos August 29th from 4-6 pm


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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Have you ever wanted to write a children's book? Do you have an idea for a kid's book but don't know what to do next? Are you an artist looking to break into the world of children's books? Come learn the basics from a published picture book author and from a published artist. Brought to you by SCBWI, this two low-cost sessions are perfect for those that are just starting out on the writing journey, and those that are looking for a little more direction.

  • Writing Children's Books: a Primer, by picture book author Lisa M. Bakos
  • A Working Session for Illustrators with artist Rose Cooper

The two different events run cuncurrently from 4 to 6pm on Saturday, Aug 29, in different rooms within the Orangevale Community Center. 

The events are sponsored by your SCBWI region. Cost per session is only $10 for SCBWI members and $25 for nonmembers

Sign up now!


Upcoming events in bay area: 

Ellen Hopkins, SCBWI member of the year for 2014,  will be reading from her new book, Love Lies Beneath, at Copperfield's San Rafael on Friday, July 24, 2015 - 7:00pm
Copperfield's San Rafael \
850 4th Street, San Rafael
From the #1 "New York Times "bestselling author of "Collateral” comes a gripping novel about a woman caught in a love affair that could be her salvation…or her undoing. Hopkins unveils a new style while evoking the signature poetic form that readers fell in love with in her past works.

Also, Illustrator's Day:

Saturday, September 12, 2015 for the 9th Annual SCBWI SF/South Illustrator Day:
Fire House at Fort Mason. Registration will open Monday, June 15th
Wonderful speakers, portfolio critiques, portfolio display and, new, Portfolio Awards.
Molly Idle, Caldecott Honor winner for “Flora and the Flamingo”
Kelly Light, author/illustrator of the delightful “Louise Loves Art”…
Kristine Brogno, Design Director of Children’s Publishing at Chronicle Books







And now back to our region…

June 2015

How is your writing and/or illustrating coming along? Getting any work done while the sun is shining? We are! Here are some updates:


* On August 29th, we are planning two sessions: one for the beginning writer and one that’ll be a working session for (all levels of) illustrators. We’ll get you the details as soon as they are confirmed. Reserve your spot by clicking the calendar to the left or "Regional Events" in the purple banner on the right.


* Our next annual Spring Spirit conference will be held on April 30, 2016, with a choice of a few add-on sessions Friday night, April 29, 2016. It’ll be at the same location we used the past few years; the Citrus Heights Community Center. Save those dates!


* The Critique Group Program is in full swing, with the first well-attended session held in Natomas. There are plans to hold the meeting about 10 times a year, rotating the meeting locations around the Greater Sacramento area, with the hope of extending it throughout the rest of our region sometime next year. The next session will be July 18th in Fair Oaks. The August, September and October meetings will be announced soon. Check out our region’s (new) critique group page http://canorthcentral.scbwi.org/critique-groups/ for the most current information.​ Also, be on the lookout for our events mentioned and promoted via MeetUp. We are trying out the service and hope to see it bring potential new members to join in the fun.


In the Chico area, looking to meet fellow writers and illustrators? Check out the calendar for the July 25 gathering. You can sign up here, or via MeetUp: http://www.meetup.com/Chico-Area-Writing-Illustrating-Childrens-Books/


* Anyone going to the international SCBWI Conference in L.A. at the end of July/early August? We’re going to hold a quick meet-up beforehand to talk about the conference, and how to best prepare for it. I know hotels sold out months ago, so if you’re planning on attending you should register sooner than later. Interested in meeting with us about it in July? Let me know as soon as you can.



MAY 19, 2105

Conference Recap
Survey results show an almost 9 out of 10 rating for the conference overall! Yippeeee. Some of the sessions were overwhelmingly loved, many speakers were gushed about, and we got some great ideas for the future. Based on feedback, we'll be looking to offer more sessions for the advanced writer, a little more on self publishing, and even more access to the editors and agents. 

We had about 65% "pre-published" attendees ;-) , a little under 10% self published, and about 25% published in the traditional sense.  Ages were mostly equally distributed, with the under 35 crowd the least represented.
The conference survey will be up until Weds, May 20, so if you'd like to share your thoughts and ideas and haven't done so yet, please complete by Weds. We're offering FREE registration to any upcoming North/Central event in 2015 to a random/lucky attendee who fills out the survey COMPLETELY. Winner will be announced by end of the week. (Note: Please DON'T take the survey if you didn't attend.) https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NZvbz3fFu4ejjrGcpvyCb1IVDckHquWhODR0X1tDq90&authuser=0
Critique Groups Update
We are in the process of updating the way we form and use critique groups in our region. Lou Ann Barnett, Co-Assistant Regional Coordinator, will be creating a Critique Group Survey. The more we understand your needs, the better we can meet them. 
LA Grant Winner
We are excited to announce the winner of the $1,000 L.A. Conference Grant! Three cheers for Melissa Erin Jackson of Sacramento, our winner. Thanks to the many of you that applied! Our judges had a tough time picking just one <appluading all entries>.
If anyone else is considering attending the annual Los Angeles conference, sign up soon as it will sell out. To save some buckaroos, ask around for a roommate to share hotel costs, or to carpool. There are lots of ways to save…and lots of connections to be made! Everyone should consider attending at least one international conference at some point, it's really that good. Our region hopes to to find more ways to earn grant monies to pass on to more members.
Crystal Kite Winner–in our region! Squee!
We have another exciting winner to announce! The annual Crystal Kite Award is a peer-given award to recognize great books from 15 SCBWI regional divisions around the world. Our very own Connie Goldsmith and her book "Bombs Over Bikini" is winner for the California/Hawaii area. Congratulations Connie!
What are YOU up to? Drop us a line, post on our Facebook page, and/or Tweet us your news. We honestly love knowing what you're working on!