Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Spring Spirit 2019

Date(s) - 05/04/2019
8:15 am - 4:30 pm

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

Spring Spirit Logo

Spring Spirit 2019


This year’s Spring Spirit Logo was created by SCBWI-CA: North/Central member

Jessica Mercado!



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* Critique deadlines have all passed. * 

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 15th annual Spring Spirit Conference promises to be as exciting as ever; two editors, two literary agents, two illustrators (our former and current Illustrator Coordinators!), three authors, and three remote faculty members 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, download it here.


*  A full day conference  * Industry Professionals *  16 Sessions to Choose From  *  An Amazing Keynote *  Manuscript and Portfolio Critiques  *  An Illustrator Showcase  * An After Lunch Panel with our Agents and Editors  * Drawings for Prizes  *  Friends  *  Fun  *



Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 8:45am-4:30pm (Doors Open at 8:15am)


Citrus Heights Community Center

6300 Fountain Square Dr.

Citrus Heights, CA 95621


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

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL until March 1, 2019: This year we have an exciting perk! If you register during Early Bird Registration, you can choose to enter into our FREE drawing for a 15 minute individual consultation with editor, Tiffany Liao! Just click “Please enter me into the drawing for a FREE consultation with Tiffany Liao” when you register. If you don’t wish to enter, do not select the button. 

SCBWI Member:  $130

Non-member: $180

Regular Registration beginning March 1, 2019:

SCBWI Member: $160

Non-member: $210

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 1017, Davis, CA 95617. (Please note checks will clear within two weeks.) Deadline to register is April 15, 2019.
  1. Written manuscript critiques will be available for an extra $50 fee for members only. You may request your top three readers and we’ll do our best, but cannot guarantee your 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. Payment and manuscripts must be received by 3/15/19. Please note that these critiques sell out quickly! It’s best not to wait until the deadline. See the link at the top right for details.

Manuscripts must be mailed to:

PO Box 1017

Davis, CA 95617

  1. Remote portfolio critiques for illustrators will be available for an extra $50 fee. Assignments are first-come, first-served based on your registration date. Spaces are limited. Electronic portfolios must be received by 3/10/19. See the link at the top right for details.
  2. The Portfolio Showcase is another opportunity for illustrators, and is offered at no charge. See the link at the top right for details.
  3. CANCELLATION POLICY: A full refund less a $30 processing fee will be granted through March 15, 2019. From March 16, 2019 through April 15, 2019, a 50% refund will be offered IF we can fill your spot using the waiting list. Otherwise, no refund will be granted. No refunds will be offered after April 15, 2019. No refunds for manuscript or portfolio critiques regardless of cancellation date. We are a nonprofit organization, and our region is run completely by volunteers. Refunds create additional paperwork, time, and PayPal fees for the region, so we thank you for understanding this non-negotiable cancellation policy.


IMPORTANT NOTE: By signing upfor 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 benefit of attending this conference is gaining “inside” information and opportunities other people do not have access to.