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South Florida Events

South Florida SCBWI Events


Save the date for upcoming events! All meetings are on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at the West Boca Library (see address below) unless otherwise stated. 

These are FREE for SCBWI members

No September Meeting:

Instead, register for an all-day Boot Camp near you on Sept. 29. 

Ruth Vander Zee

Writing From YOUR Emotional Core

Saturday, October 13

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

West Boca Library


Ruth will teach us how to infuse our stories with emotion. That is something we hear all the time but sometimes writers either overdo it or don’t know how. The most successful stories connect to the reader in shared truths and emotions. When authors discover authentic ways to do this, they create unforgettable stories.  


Ruth Vander Zee’s love of stories was kindled at the kitchen table of her childhood home on the south side of Chicago. Her father told stories and had the ability to make each day’s activities sound like an ongoing novella.

She calls herself a late bloomer.  At the age of forty she decided to get her college degree in education and later began writing stories for children. She found her stories in the classrooms where she taught, in church, sitting on a curb next to a stranger, drinking coffee with a friend, and most recently reading a review of a documentary. Her highly acclaimed picture books for older children are known for their texts exquisitely balanced between understated acknowledgment of tragedy and firm faith in the future. In each story children respond to difficult challenges with courage and hope. She has five picture books, all brilliantly illustrated:  Erika’s Story, Mississippi Morning, Eli Remembers, Always With You, and Next Year – Hope in the Dust. Each story is based on the life of someone Ruth met along the way. 

Ruth has spent a lifetime connecting to people through music, storytelling, facilitating groups, speaking at conferences, and hosting people in her home. She taught Middle School for many years.
When not speaking in classrooms all over the United States, she writes and resides in Miami, FL. She and her husband Vern have lived and raised their three children in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. Her website can be found at

**We’ll hang out after Ruth’s workshop and would love for you to join us! We’re looking for a new location because Panera Bread is too crowded at this time. 

Lynne Marie

November 17

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

 Young at Art Library, Davie

751 SW 121st Ave.

Davie, FL 33325

*Co-Sponsored by the Broward County Library


December 1


11:45 am – 3 pm


We can bring food and drinks to enjoy while painting two wine glasses each (we’ll have lots of creative fun and something beautiful to bring home or give as a holiday gift).

The cost is $30. Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible.

We had a lot of fun last year and DJ Marjetta will play great music again.  


6018 SW 18th Street Suite C4-5

Boca Raton, FL  33433

Shoppes at Village Pointe



February 16: Jonathan Rosen

March 16: Jill MacKenzie

April 6: Dorian Cirrone –  Twists, Turns, and Surprises: Spinning Your Story in New Directions

May 18: Lorin Oberweger – Putting Poetry in Your Prose


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 Boca Raton 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.