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

The SCBWI-Los Angeles chapter is proud to represent the birth place of SCBWI. Many generous, talented and visionary individuals in the field of children's literature, education and entertainment, have resided within its boundaries over the years, and many more such individuals are still to come.

The chapter was sculpted and expanded through the amazing efforts of two women, Judy Ross Enderle and Stephanie Jacob Gordon, and the exceptional local volunteers who joined them. Each set of regional advisors who have followed in Judy and Stephanie's footsteps, and the selfless volunteers who donate their time, energy and creativity, have succeeded in keeping the region beating with the same passionate heart Judy and Stephanie instilled in it; the heart that all writers and illustrators of children's literature must have to persevere and grow - the heart they eventually give over to their reader.

When originally created, the region was called "Southern California" or "SOCA" and covered an impressive geographic area. Over the years, as SCBWI's membership blossomed into its fantastic numbers of today, volunteers established additional chapters throughout the region. In August of 2000, "SOCA" officially changed its name to better represent its current geographic boundaries, Los Angeles County, California. In 2002, it was renamed SCBWI-Los Angeles. Even though the chapter's physical size slowly reduced with time, it is still one of SCBWI's largest regions, home to over 1,300 members.

SCBWI-Los Angeles hosts six major events each year:
Creative Toolbox - Winter - a workshop featuring a speaker demonstrating nuts and bolts techniques on the craft of writing for children.
Writer's Days - Spring - a two-day conference featuring speakers, writing contests, and awards on Saturday, plus 5-hour intensive workshops on Sunday.
Down the Rabbit Hole Field Trip - Spring - hands-on creative field trip for writers and illustrators.
Peer2Peer Critiquenic - Summer - free, informal critiquing sessions for writers and illustrators, held after a picnic lunch.
Working Writer's Retreat - Fall - a three-day, two-night retreat featuring editor(s), agent(s), and/or author(s), intensive critiquing, culminating in a first page pitch session.
Illustrator's Day - Winter - a one-day conference featuring speakers, juried art competition, contests, and portfolio reviews/display.

SCBWI-Los Angeles' members host smaller events throughout the year called Schmoozes. Schmoozes are informal get-togethers, often held monthly, where general topics are chosen for group discussion.

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