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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Spring Spirit 2020

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


EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION through March 1, 2020.

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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.

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.

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Ticket Information

Early Bird Non-Member - $180.00

Early Bird Member - $130.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Event Extras


Session Registration (for detailed workshop descriptions, visit the Conference Schedule page of the website or download our conference packet)

                                Lunch Choices (each choice offers a gluten free option)

                                              The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy
                                              To register for an SCBWI event, you are required to acknowledge our Anti-Harassment Policy.
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                                              You will then be able to click the checkbox indicating that you have read our policy.


                                              The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of its members and will take any and all necessary steps to address and prevent harassment at events associated with SCBWI. Harassment under this policy may include verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention or advances, and bullying or coercion.


                                              The SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment or intimidation at any SCBWI Event. An “SCBWI Event” is any event, meeting or activity that is authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager to be sponsored by, or affiliated with, SCBWI. SCBWI events may include, if properly authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager, the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, the Annual Winter Conference in New York, regional conferences, meetings and meet-ups. This SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy also applies to “SCBWI On-Line Interactions,” which include communications and content posted on, or directed towards, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts or sent through any of the communication tools available on SCBWI’s website, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts under this policy include the official SCBWI accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.



                                              Code of Conduct

                                              All participants in SCBWI Events and SCBWI On-Line Interactions, including faculty, staff, and attendees, are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct. The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits harassment, including but not limited to the following behaviors:

                                              • intimidation, stalking, or following.
                                              • Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
                                              • Inappropriate physical contact.
                                              • Unwelcome sexual attention.
                                              • Abusive verbal comments.
                                              • Quid pro quo– sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for professional consideration or favors.
                                              • Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. SCBWI continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of appropriate controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct as stated in this part of the Policy and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.


                                              Reporting Procedures

                                              Any person who believes there has been a violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in one or all of the following ways:

                                              • Certain SCBWI Events, including the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles and the Annual Winter Conference in New York, will designate one or more Safety Team Members who will be available during the conference to provide a safe space for members to report an incident. The Safety Team Member will report directly to the conference director or regional advisor in charge.
                                              • A complainant may submit a complaint under this policy to the Director of Community Marketing and Engagement, the Director of Illustration and Artist Programs and/or your Regional Manager.
                                              • SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any potential incident of harassment under this policy. Anyone who chooses to report an incident can find the Anti-Harassment Report Form on the SCBWI website (About > Anti-Harassment) or use the following link: Reports should include the substance of the complaint, date, and whenever possible, a list of witnesses or a reference to the relevant URLs, if the offense occurred through an SCWBI On-Line Interaction.


                                              SCBWI will investigate all complaints subject to the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. If the policy applies, SCBWI will investigate the matter and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence and protect the environment at SCWBI Events. If a complaint is made anonymously, please note that SCBWI will not be able to follow up on an anonymous report with the complainant directly, as SCBWI will not have contact information for the anonymous complainant. Moreover, anonymous complaints may hinder SCBWI’s ability to investigate the complaint.  SCBWI will take steps to protect the confidentiality of the complaint, to the extent possible.  However, complete confidentiality may not be possible in all circumstances.  SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.

                                              If appropriate, SCBWI may report the incident to local authorities.



                                              The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against a member of the SCBWI community for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination, or for participating in an investigation relating to any complaint made under this policy. The sanctions for retaliation are the same sanctions available to address any other violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy.



                                              SCBWI takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Complaints will be investigated by SCWBI if they fall within the scope of SCWBI’s Anti-Harassment Policy. Depending on the results of the investigation, SCWBI will determine whether a sanction is appropriate.


                                              Sanctions for faculty, speakers, staff or board members may include any of the following:


                                              • warning the party involved that the particular behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
                                              • immediate removal from a particular event;
                                              • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a temporary or permanent basis;
                                              • withholding of a contracted honorarium;
                                              • prohibition from future speaking engagements;
                                              • prohibition from future faculty appointments;
                                              • expulsion from SCBWI; and/or
                                              • removal from the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, when appropriate.


                                              Sanctions for attendees, members, and guests can include any of the following:

                                              • warning the party involved that specified behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
                                              • immediate removal from a particular event, without refund;
                                              • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;
                                              • termination of SCBWI membership, without refund; and/or
                                              • prohibition of future SCBWI membership.


                                              If the conduct at issue involves one of SCBWI’s employees, SCBWI will handle utilize whatever corrective action is appropriate based on the result of the investigation and subject to SCBWI employment policies and practices.



                                              SCBWI will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties and witnesses. Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect the reputation of all parties involved.



                                              If you wish to file a complaint or an anonymous complaint, CLICK HERE to access the Anti-harassment Report Form.


                                              If you have questions regarding this policy, you may send an email to Please include the words "anti-harassment policy" in the subject line.

                                              I have read and accepted the SCBWI Anti-Harassment policy.