Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Spring Spirit 2020

Date(s) - 05/02/2020
8:15 am - 4:30 pm

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

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As you know, the spread of the Coronavirus is a great concern, especially in regard to travel and gathering in groups. For weeks we’ve been watching everything very closely, but with the announcement of an official pandemic this week and uncertainty for the weeks ahead, it became clear that we needed to cancel Spring Spirit in the best interests of public health. Having to cancel is incredibly disappointing, but we’re not willing to put anyone’s health in jeopardy. We are currently working on a virtual mini-series with some of the Spring Spirit faculty and will provide details as soon as we can. We hope you will join us.

We sent information regarding refunds to all registered attendees. If you registered for this event and haven’t heard from us, please email


Spring Spirit 2020

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



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Whether you are just beginning your writing or illustrating career, you’re a Published and Listed Member (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 16th annual Spring Spirit Conference promises to be as exciting as ever: two editors, a literary agent, an art director, three authors, our ARA, and three PAL Critique Providers will share their knowledge and skills so you can take your work to the next level!

You can find information about our faculty, critique 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    15 Sessions to Choose From    Two Amazing Keynotes    Manuscript and Portfolio Critiques    An Illustrator Showcase    An After Lunch Panel with our Agents and Editors    Drawings for Prizes    Friends    Fun 



Saturday, May 2, 2020, 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)

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION through March 1, 2020 (Note, to qualify for Early Bird pricing, your payment must be received by March 1, 2020.)

SCBWI Member:  $130

Non-member: $180

Regular Registration March 2 – April 15, 2020:

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, Visa and MasterCard through 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, 2020. If you are not registering for a critique, payments are due by this date. 

2. 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. 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 3/15/20. 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. Please take note of all deadlines. We will send general reminders in the monthly eblast, but we are unable to send out individual reminders for manuscript critiques.

Manuscripts must be mailed to:

PO Box 1017
Davis, CA 95617


3. Face-to-face portfolio critiques for illustrators will be available for an extra $50 fee for members only. Spaces are limited. Payment for registration and portfolio critiques must be received by 3/15/20. See the link at the top right for details.

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

5. CANCELLATION POLICY: A full refund less a $30 processing fee will be granted through March 15, 2020. From March 16, 2020 through April 15, 2020, 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, 2020. 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.

Please Note: During this period of public health concerns, SCBWI had modified its cancellation/refund policy as follows:  If you are sick and cannot attend an event, you will be able to receive a full tuition refund up until the day of the event so that you can stay home, take care of yourself, and prevent the spread of illness. This policy is in effect until September 1, 2020. Be well.

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 benefit of attending this conference is gaining “inside” information and opportunities other people do not have access to. Your registration also indicates that you agree to abide by the SCBWI Anti-Harassment and Anti-Weapons policies.