Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Tampa Bay Area Meetings


There is no meeting in September

due to our low-cost Boot Camps around the state on Sept 21.

Check out all the Boot Camps

See below for the Boot Camp in the Tampa Bay Area

Ethan Long and Gladys Jose

Sept. 21, 2019 10 AM-4 PM

Description: Creativity and talent are crucial to a long successful career as a children’s book author and illustrator, but the thing that separates the amateurs from the professionals comes down to math and numbers. Page counts, production fees and advances, agent percentages, time management, book dimensions, dates and deadlines—breaking your day down to the numerical level lets you know exactly how long things take, and gives you the structure and confidence you need to sustain a long career in the publishing industry.

What to bring: Bring a work-in-progress or two and your favorite note-taking tools.

Target audience: Picture book authors and illustrators of all experience levels.

Learn more about Ethan:

Learn more about Gladys:

Healthcare of America (HCA)

3031 N. Rocky Point Dr. West

Suite 400

Tampa, Florida 33607

Contact/Host: Candy Barnhisel



Dorian Cirrone

Saturday, October 5


What to Pack for Your Character’s Two Journeys



In this workshop, we’ll talk about connecting your character’s internal and external journeys using metaphor, motif, setting, and symbol. Through writing exercises and close readings of noteworthy novels and picture books, we’ll discuss how to fuse character and plot for maximum emotional effect as your protagonist navigates the trail toward both attainment and transformation.



 Bring a work in progress, a laptop or notebook, or just your great ideas to look at in a new way.


Dorian Cirrone is the author of the middle-grade novel, The First Last Day, (Aladdin/S&S), which has been translated into four languages. She has also published two teen novels, two chapter books, and several short stories and poems. Her work has been on such lists as ALA’s Popular Paperback list, the Amelia Bloomer List for Feminist Fiction, New Mexico’s Battle of the Books, Bank Street College’s Best Books list, and others. She is the Co-Regional Advisor of SCBWI Florida and has taught writing on the university level and at workshops around the state.




Joyce Sweeney

Mapping Your Scenes

Saturday, November 2






Unless otherwise stated, all meetings are held at the:

Charles J. Fendig Library

3909 W. Neptune Street

Tampa, Florida 33629


Join us at Kahwa Coffee after the meetings for conversation and coffee.

Meetings are free for SCBWI members.

No registration required.

Our meetings are at Charles J. Fendig Library. 3909 W. Neptune Street, Tampa, Florida 33629. If you exit on Dale Mabry heading toward Kennedy Boulevard and Neptune will be a few lights up, and the library will be to the right. The library has a small parking lot, with additional parking diagonally across the street. This is a small, neighborhood library that doesn’t host many events and they are thrilled to have us.


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