Postponed - SCBWI: LA Writer's Day 2020

Event date: 
Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 8:30am
Event address: 
Herscher Hall, Skirball Center
2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049


The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Los Angeles chapter will host:

PURE GOLD! Discover the Words Worth Keeping

Experience your own ‘Eureka!’ moment with tricks and techniques to make those manuscripts shine. A dazzling morning of inspirational keynotes is followed by an afternoon of informational breakouts. Countless opportunities for those seeking to dig deeper or simply polish to perfection. 

Opportunities include:

1. Special Feature: Friday, March 27th, 2020: Pre-event Masterclass with Harold Underdown: only 25 spaces available. Includes a free social hour with renowned master craftsman, Harold.  Separate registration and fee required for the Masterclass. You do NOT need to register for Writers Day in order to register for the Masterclass.  Click here for more information.

2. Agent pitch session

3. Written faculty review of your first 10 pages (deadline January 31st, 2020)

4. Writing contest (deadline January 24th, 2020)

5. Illustration contest 

6. Instagram contest

7. Door prizes

8. Free parking

9. Lunch included

Click for information about:

Agent pitch session ($55 fee)
Manuscript reviews ($50 fee)
The free writing contest
The free illustration contest
C. Harrington Scholarship

Please note: Two different volunteers are tracking the writing contest and the fee-based manuscript reviews. Therefore, your manuscript must be submitted to BOTH (at the appropriate email addresses) if you wish to participate in both.

Keynote Speakers:

Harold Underdown
The Top Ten Things You Need to Know About Children’s Publishing Today

Maria Barbo
It’s TOTALLY Personal: Character Motivation is Everything

Jessica Brody
The Transformative Power of Story

To register or for additional information, refer to the official SCBWI Los Angeles website

– Member Early Bird Special (members only, before January 24th 11:59 p.m.): $120
– Non-Member Early Bird Special (before January 24th 11:59 p.m.): $150
– Regular Member (after January 24th): $135
– Regular Non-Member (after January 24th): $165
– 10% discount will automatically apply for Student SCBWI members at check out.

Once Upon a Time is proudly supplying the books for this wonderful writing event in our community.

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Power Forward is the perfect story for young sports fans about balancing the ideal amount of school and play. I especially enjoyed this book because it featured a young Pakistani boy and his family going about their lives as Americans. Filled with sibling banter, school-work, home-cooked meals, and family-drama, this is a book that I would give to a young reader who wants to see themselves in a story as  basketball fan or as a Pakistani-American. - Jessica