Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Spring Spirit 2018

Date(s) - 04/07/2018
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Citrus Heights Community Center
6300 Fountain Square Dr - Citrus Heights, CA 95621


SOLD OUT!Spring Spirit Logo


Spring Spirit 2018

(A hearty thank you to Tehama County illustrator and SCBWI member Crystal Carter for this year’s Spring Spirit logo!)


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Whether you are just beginning your writing or illustrating career, or you’re a PAL, or you’re somewhere in between, this conference is for you! Join us for a full day of learning, inspiration, networking, and fun. Our 14th annual Spring Spirit Conference promises to be as exciting as ever: two editors, two literary agents, an art director, four amazing authors, and a professional photographer will share their knowledge and skills so you can take your work to the next level!

You can find information about our faculty, guidelines, menu options, etc., through the links on the top right side of this page. Scroll down for the actual registration form. If you’d prefer a PDF packet of all the information, you can download it here. 



A full day conference  *  Industry Professionals  *  12 Sessions to Choose From  *  Two Amazing Keynotes  *  Professional Headshots  *  Manuscript and Portfolio Critiques  *  An Illustrator Showcase  *  An After Lunch Panel with our Agents and Editors  *  Drawings for Prizes  *  Friends  *  Fun  *



Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 8:30am-4:30pm (Doors Open at 8:00am)


Citrus Heights Community Center
6300 Fountain Square Dr.
Citrus Heights, CA 95621


Conference Tuition (includes breakfast, snacks, and drinks throughout the day)

Pitchers of chilled water will be available throughout the day. Please bring your own water bottle. SCBWI California North/Central makes an effort to reduce single-use plastic consumption and does not provide water cups/bottles.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL until February 4, 2018This year we have an exciting perk! If you register during Early Bird Registration, you can choose to enter into our FREE drawing for one of THREE 15 minute individual consultations with agent, Jennifer March Soloway! Just click “Please enter me into the drawing for a FREE consultation with Jennifer March Soloway” when you register. If you don’t wish to enter, do not select the button. 

Early Bird Registration from December 2, 2017–February 4, 2018: (see extra perk, above!)

SCBWI Member:  $125

Non-member: $175

Regular Registration beginning February 5, 2018: 

SCBWI Member: $155

Non-member: $205

Sign up early to get the best deal, and reserve your spot for this “Springy” and “Spirited” event!


1. No walk-ins. Everyone must pay in advance. We accept PayPal and check payments. Checks should be payable to SCBWI CA North/Central. Please send checks to PO Box 4516, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762. Deadline to register is March 18, 2018.

2. Written manuscript critiques will be available for an extra $50 fee for members only, available only at time of registration. You may request your top three readers and we do our best, honest, but given various limitations we cannot guarantee your top choices. Assignments are first-come, first-served based on your registration date. Spaces are limited. Faculty members will select up to 3 authors to meet with face-to-face on conference day (exciting, right?). Payment and manuscripts must be received by 2/17/18. Please note that these critiques sell out quickly! It’s best not to wait until the deadline t register. See the link at the top right for details.

Manuscripts ONLY (not payments) must be mailed to:
2001 Matisse Street
Davis, CA 95618

3. Face-to-face portfolio critiques for illustrators will be available to members for an extra $50 fee. Assignments are first-come, first-served based on your registration date. Spaces are limited. Register and pay by 3/11/18. See the link at the top right for details.

4. Headshots are available to members for an extra $40 fee. Spaces are limited. Register and pay by 3/11/18. See the link at the top right for details.

5. The Portfolio Showcase is another opportunity for illustrators, and is offered at no charge. See the link at the top right for details.

6. CANCELLATION POLICY: A full refund less a $30 processing fee will be granted before February 15, 2018. From February 16, 2018 on, a 50% refund will be offered IF we can fill your spot using the waiting list. Otherwise, no refund will be granted. No refunds for manuscript or portfolio critiques regardless of cancellation date. We are nonprofit organization, and our region is run completely by volunteers. Refunds create more paperwork and time than you can imagine, so we thank you for understanding this nonnegotiable cancellation policy.

IMPORTANT NOTE: By signing up for this event, you acknowledge that audio taping, video taping, and/or transmitting or aiding in the foregoing of any part of the conference (including, but not limited to, presentations, individual sessions, and networking events) is prohibited. Additionally, the material in all handouts and presentations is copyrighted and may not be reprinted, blogged, written, orally transmitted, and/or reproduced without written permission of the copyright holder ONLY. One of the reasons you paid a lot of money to attend this conference in person is to gain “inside” information.