South Florida Events

South Florida SCBWI Events

These are FREE for SCBWI members


Save the date for these upcoming events! All meetings are on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 1 – 3 pm at the West Boca Raton library (see address below) unless otherwise stated. 


November 18 – Joyce Sweeney: From Image to Inspiration 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Joyce Sweeney will share the story of her poetry collection, WAKE UP and will read selected poems. Then we will take imagery from the poems and move into prompts to add emotion and texture to our own WIP's. This workshop is for all genres, picture book through YA. Bring your laptop or notebook and be ready to write!


Joyce Sweeney is the author of fourteen novels for young adults and several chapbooks of poetry. Her first novel, Center Line, won the First Annual Delacorte Press Prize for an Outstanding Young Adult Novel. Many of her books appear on the American Library Association's Best Books List and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers. Her novel Shadow won the Nevada State Reading Award in 1997. Her novel Players was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Sports Book and by Working Mother magazine as a Top Ten for Tweens. Her novel Headlock (Holt 2006) won a Silver Medal in the 2006 Florida Book Awards and was chosen by the American Library Association as a Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Her first chapbook of poems, Impermanence, was published in 2008 by Finishing Line Press and they recently published another chapbook called Wake Up.

Joyce has also been a writing teacher and coach for twenty-five years, beginning with teaching five-week classes for the Florida Center for the Book, moving to ongoing invitation-only workshops and finally to online classes ( which reach students nationally and internationally. Developing strong bonds with the students she critiques and instructs is her hallmark. She believes that writers need emotional support as well as strong, craft-based teaching if they are to make the long, arduous, but very worthwhile journey to traditional publication. At this writing, sixty of Joyce’s students have successfully made this journey and obtained traditional publishing contracts. 


HOLIDAY PARTY on December 9th at Uptown Art Boca Raton from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. We can bring food and drinks to enjoy while painting two wine glasses each.

The cost is $30. Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible. This is the only event listed where an RSVP is mandatory, because we need an accurate head count.

*We’d love participants to bring an appetizer, drink, or dessert so we’ll have a fun feast to share.

*Please bring new or gently used children’s books or art supplies to donate to the Milagro Center in Delray Beach—an arts and education enrichment center for economically-challenged children.

*If you can’t make it to our holiday party, you can bring book or art supply donations to Joyce Sweeney’s workshop. You can also mail them before the holiday party to Mindy Alyse Weiss. Send an e-mail to for my address.

*If you’re donating one of your books, the Milagro Center would love to have you sign it to the Milagro Center or:

Books for K-5: Milagro Center STARS

Books for 6th – 8th grade: Milagro Center Junior Teen Leaders

Books for high school: Milagro Center Teen Leaders

*They’d also love it if someone can take a photo of you signing your book!


South Florida SCBWI Meeting Volunteers Mindy Alyse Weiss and Marjetta Geerling are now running these workshops. Contact Mindy Alyse Weiss to RSVP, if you have questions, or want to receive e-mail updates:


RSVPs are encouraged to help us plan the meeting . . .

but nobody will be turned away at the door.


West Boca Library

18685 State Road 7    Boca Raton, FL 33498

On the west side of 441, between Yamato and Clint Moore

We hope you’ll hang out with us after our meetings at Panera Bread in the Mission Bay Plaza on the N.W. corner of Glades and 441: 20437 State Road 7, Boca Raton, FL 33498. It’s near Glades Road, a little to the right of Office Max.