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SCBWI-L.A. Working Writer's Retreat - scroll down for event details including DISCOUNT CODES for early bird registration and commuters

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Los Angeles

Friday, September 20, 2013 at 12:00 PM - Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

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SCBWI Members Only, Retreat Weekend, Double Occupancy, All meals, critique groups, parties
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The Working Writer's Retreat is an intense critiquing weekend with critique sessions, revision time, exercises, faculty panels, parties – including karaoke – and culminating in a first pages pitch session with 4 acquiring editors and agents.


The Retreat is for SCBWI members only. To become a member, please visit to sign up.



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Early Bird price: $435:

If registering for a double room by June 30th at 11:55pm (Pacific Time), enter

EarlyBird for a $50 discount


Early Bird Commuter price: $385:

If registering for a commuter slot by June 30th at 11:55pm (Pacific Time), enter

EarlyCommuter for a $100 discount


Regular Commuter price: $435:

If registering for a commuter slot after June 30th at 11:55pm (Pacific Time),

enter Commuter for a $50 discount


Commuters receive all meals, critique sessions, panels and parties but no room assignment.

Discount codes are case sensitive and there is no space between the words.



Weekend Faculty

Andrew Harwell – Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books


ANDREW HARWELL is an Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where he works primarily on middle grade and young adult novels. A Georgia native and a graduate of the University of Chicago, Andrew still isn’t sure where in the world feels most like home. But while he misses having a piano and abundant tennis court access, he has grown to love the cultural hustle and bustle of New York City, and he wouldn’t trade working in children’s books for anything.

Authors he currently works with include:

Dan Gutman on The Genius Files and My Weird School Series

J. Scott Savage on the Case File 13 series

Veronica Rossi on the Under the Never Sky trilogy B

rian Farrey on the Vengekeep Prophecies trilogy

Madeleine Roux on Asylum

Andrew Jacobson and Adam Jay Epstein on The Familiars series and Starbounders

Noelle Stevenson, on the ongoing serial graphic novel Nimona

What he’s looking for:

With rare exceptions, I work exclusively on middle grade and young adult novels. I love books with humor, heart, a unique spin on magic, or some combination of all three. I’m a genre guy at heart – sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers, horror – but I frequently fall for contemporary stories that seem to redefine reality in familiar but surprising ways – think Where Things Come Back, Ask the Passengers, or Okay for Now. I’m looking for books that could be left in a time capsule and enjoyed fifty years from now with no further explanation. 



Allyn Johnston – Vice President and Publisher, Beach Lane Books


ALLYN JOHNSTON's bio can be found here:



Liza Pulitzer Voges – Agent, Edenstreet Literary Agency


LIZA PULITZER VOGES has been representing children’s book authors and illustrators for thirty years.Eden Street works with over 40 clients, whose work spans picture books through young adult.

Many of her authors’ titles have won significant awards, andbeen best sellers, state award nominees and winners.They are beloved by generations of readers.

Books of note that she has agented include:THE BISCUIT Series by Alyssa Satin Capucilli; MY WEIRD SCHOOL Series by Dan Gutman as well as his Basbeall Card Adventures and THE GENIUS FILES series; THE GODDESS GIRLS and HEROES IN TRAINING Series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams; CHICKEN BIG, written and illustrated by Keith Graves; and Gloria Whelan’s SMALL ACTS OF AMAZING COURAGE and HOMELESS BIRD; Lois Ehlert’s amazing COLOR ZOO, WAITING FOR WINGS, LEAF MAN and others. For more information go to

Liza is looking for stories with a unique and strong voice, as well as a strong sense of place, and magical realism for all ages, as well as narrative non-fiction for all ages.


Judy Ross Enderle – Freelance Editor and Author of over 50 books and more than 100 magazine articles



Stephanie Jacob Gordon – Freelance Editor and Author of over 50 books and more than 100 magazine articles


Sunday First Pages Added Faculty

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With Special Guest

Lynette Townsend – Jazzercise Instructor is on hand to help stretch out the kinks



The Particulars:

Plan to arrive onsite at noon. There is no lunch served on Friday. However, there are snacks available all weekend.


40 writers get sorted into ten groups of four. Each group spends one hour with each weekend faculty member – five hours total critique time: 2 on Friday and 3 on Saturday. There is one panel on revision - writing exercises included. Lynette helps us stretch out the kinks and get the blood moving. There is schmoozing at night with wine, cheese, karaoke and chocolate (as well as other drinks and snacks). The meals provided are Friday Dinner to Sunday Breakfast. You can sit next to an editor or agent one time and a new writing friend at another meal or however you choose to mix it up.


For those unfamiliar with the retreat, it’s not at a hotel. It’s a retreat center. The rooms do not have internet access, telephones or TV. There is a trail in the stand of woods and a duck pond which has seating around it. The retreat center is walking distance to the intersection of Hayvenhurst and Ventura Blvd which has a shopping center, a grocery store and a Starbucks.


We take over the entire campus. Ordinarily I’d say it’s a very peaceful place to stay, but with our group of highly creative types taking it over, it doesn’t stay quiet. The cost of the retreat includes the room (double occupancy) and all of the meals as well as the critique groups, writing exercises, and the parties.


This year we are again offering commuter tickets. For a $50 savings, you can sleep in your own bed. There are a few places where you can sit and write or there are outside seating options available. Please see the Discount Coupons above for the Commuter discount.


The retreat can be intense. It's an excellent networking opportunity. There is time to polish your manuscript and be ready to pitch at the Sunday First Pages Panel. Some of our local authors found publishing success through this retreat. (Watch for upcoming interviews in a future edition of Kite Tales).


Reading for an editor or agent is a chance to get your work heard and get immediate feedback.


A bit of research can help you choose what to read to each editor and agent if you’re hoping they will want to read the rest. And remember we have an extra faculty member coming to hear your first 250 words on Sunday.


There will be at least one printer available. A laptop is highly recommended.


Print out enough pages to pass around to all group members (5 total - including yourself). Except for short manuscripts like Picture Books, there's no need to bring an entire printed out manuscript. None of the faculty will want to lug that home.


As much as possible, accommodations will be made for late arrivals on Friday. Advanced notice is required. E-mail your request to Sarah Laurenson


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The Fine Print


Current SCBWI Membership will be verified. If your membership is not current and you have signed up as a member, you will be asked to pay the membership renewal fee.

Wait List: If the tickets sell out, a wait list ticket should be available or will be shortly. Please check back.

Please note: no refund after August 2, 2012. $25 charge for refund before August 2, 2012. To ask for a refund, e-mail your refund request and a copy of your registration ticket to Sarah Laurenson


Have questions about SCBWI-L.A. Working Writer's Retreat - scroll down for event details including DISCOUNT CODES for early bird registration and commuters? Contact Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Los Angeles

When & Where

4316 Lanai Rd
Los Angeles, 91436

Friday, September 20, 2013 at 12:00 PM - Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

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