Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2015 Writer’s Days

SCBWI-Los Angeles invites you to join us for Writer’s Days
March 7 & 8 at our exciting new location:

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Click here for directions and parking information
[405 construction in this area has been completed]



  Online registration has closed. You may register at the door for Saturday, however, only cash and checks will be accepted at the door. There will be no walk-in registration on Sunday.  
  Member   $99.00  
  Student or Skirball Member   $110.00  
  Non-Member   $125.00  
  Saturday & Sunday      
  Member   $175.00  
  Student or Skirball Member   $200.00  
  Non-Member   $235.00  


Saturday, March 7
Registration opens at 8am, program starts at 9am and the day ends at 4pm. Lunch is included.
The day will feature Keynote Speeches, Written Manuscript Critiques, Writing Contest Winners, Sue Alexander Service and Encouragement Award Winner, Door Prizes, Conference Bookstore and Book Signings. It's going to be amazing!

Sunday, March 8
Registration opens at 9am, program starts at 9:30am and the day ends at 3:30pm. Lunch is included.
Five-hour Intensives (two-and-a-half hours before lunch and two-and-a-half hours after), and Written Manuscript Critiques. Choose one of four tracks:

A daily creative practice is good medicine for your life and for your MG/YA story or novel. In this five-hour intensive workshop, we will experiment with a smorgasbord of exercises focused on you and your characters. Your main take-away: at least one character map, a place/setting map, and a jump-start design for your own daily practice. We'll be talking MG/YA, but this is also great for poets, playwrights, author/illustrators, and anyone who loves to write!
CRAFTING A SCENE with Angie Chen
There are many elements that go into crafting scenes. Scenes are important to your story as this is how the plot unfolds and where the action takes place. Angie will be leading a workshop on creating successful scenes that are effective and integral to your story.
THE WRITE STUFF with Mary Ann Fraser
Creating and selling a picture book for young children can feel like reaching for the moon. Editors receive more picture book proposals a year than any other genre, and the books they buy today look different than what was popular even 5 years ago. Hear from an experienced author and illustrator of over sixty award-winning children's books about mistakes to avoid and rules to break, manuscript repairs, and determining the steps to take next. Whether you are just starting out as an author or author/illustrator or have several manuscripts in the works, this hands-on workshop will you give you the insight and tools to give your story the best shot at landing successful publication. Attendees should bring three copies of a completed picture book manuscript draft. If they do not have one, one will be provided for exercise purposes. If you have a dummy of your current project, you may bring that, too.
What does the editorial process of a picture book entail? With texts so short, how much work actually goes into the edit? What needs to be written and what can be left for the illustrations to tell? How important are page turns and when do you need to start thinking about format and pricing? Why does your picture book have to be out in the market and how does it differ from what is already there? We'll discuss what the story is ultimately trying to accomplish as well as conceptual vs. narrative picture books and how they are similar and how they differ. A proposed editorial change on a manuscript from the audience will be made and then the author will implement those changes.

Our Superstar Keynote Speakers Will Be:

Author/Illustrator Mary Ann Fraser
Mary Ann Fraser wrote and illustrated her first picture book at the age of 7 (limited edition of 1). After studying fine art at UCLA and in Exeter England, she returned to making children’s books, and now has over sixty fiction and non-fiction titles to her credit, including HEEBIE–JEEBIE JAMBOREE, (Boyds Mills Press), MERMAID SISTER and the I.Q. series (Walker), TEN MILE DAY (Henry Holt), and WHERE ARE THE NIGHT ANIMALS (HarperCollins). Her books have been honored with a Junior Library Guild Selection, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Book Links Book of the Year, IRA Young Readers Choice Award, and American Booksellers "Pick of the List." Her latest picture book, NO YETI YET will be out from Peter Pauper Press in late 2015. Mary Ann is a long-standing member of SCBWI, a past Illustrator Coordinator, and currently the Regional Advisor for the Central-Coastal California region. When she is not writing, illustrating, or presenting at schools, she is painting murals and pet portraits, gardening and raising turtles in Simi Valley, CA where she lives with her husband and where her three boys visit when the laundromat is closed. For more information visit
Author and Poet Julie Williams
Julie Williams is a published poet and the author of a young adult novel-in-poems, ESCAPING TORNADO SEASON (HarperCollins). Her new YA novel, DRAMA QUEENS IN THE HOUSE, came out in March 2014 (Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan). She's also a visual artist working with mixed media collage and assemblage. Most of her work (writing and art) focuses on family stories. For 20 years she was an adjunct professor at California State University, Northridge teaching for the Communication Studies and Theatre Departments and retiring as Assistant Director of the Educational Opportunity Program. She has recently returned to Minnesota, where she is enjoying the four seasons and the vibrant writing and artistic communities of the Twin Cities.
Award Winning Nonfiction Author Michelle Markel
Michelle Markel is the author of several notable books for children, including TYRANNOSAURUS MATH, (a CCBC Choice), THE FANTASTIC JUNGLES OF HENRI ROUSSEAU (2013 PEN/Steven Kroll award; Parents' Choice Gold Award), and BRAVE GIRL: CLARA AND THE SHIRTWAIST MAKERS' STRIKE OF 1909 (2014 Jane Addams Book Award, Bank Street CBC Flora Steiglitz Straus Award, Orbis Pictus Honor). She teaches classes in writing for children at UCLA Extension's Writers' Program.
  Two Editors Looking For Writers:

Editor Julia Maguire, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Julia Maguire grew up in upstate New York and attended college at UMASS Amherst. While receiving her MS in Publishing at NYU, she interned at Bloomsbury and fell in love with working in children's books. She is currently an Editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers.

Previously, Julia was at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers where she worked on many wonderful picture books, including the upcoming SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY by Ben Clanton, PIG AND PUG by Lynne Berry, illustrated by Gemma Correll as well as WHEN A DAD SAYS 'I LOVE YOU' by Douglas Wood, illustrated by Jennifer Bell and novels including THE EVER AFTERS series by Shelby Bach, RUBY GOLDBERG'S BRIGHT IDEA by Anna Humphrey and THE EVER EXPANDING UNIVERSE series by Marty Leicht and Isla Neal. She also worked on novels by Kieran Scott, Jenny Han and Becca Fitzpatrick. She is drawn to realistic stories with characters that she would like to be friends with and picture books that are silly but full of heart.

Assistant Editor Angie Chen, Farrar Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers
Angie Chen works on picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels. She is particularly interested in middle-grade stories about eccentric duos, fantastic worlds, and unforgettable characters. For YA, she enjoys heartwarming, realistic romances with charming voices. For picture books, she likes funny and quirky stories, or anything about cats.

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