Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

South Florida Meetings

Free Monthly Meetings for Members

West Boca Library*

18685 State Road 7

Boca Raton, FL 33498

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

*All meetings are at this library unless otherwise specified.



Dianne Ochiltree

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Note time change: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Powerful Storytelling From a Fresh Point of View

West Boca Library


The selection of your story’s point of view deeply affects the setting, characterization, plot action, dialogue, and narrative voice which ultimately determines its power.  So why not imagine your story from every possible point of view before you make that final POV call?  Using published examples, as well as on-the-spot writing exercises, we’ll see how a story imagined from multiple points of view helps you write deep and wide, all the way from the earliest stages of a project to final revisions. This technique reliably results in a rich narrative database that will work well for writers of short stories, essays, picture books, nonfiction, and fiction alike.  Workshop participants are asked to bring a notebook or laptop, a key scene from their novel or an early picture book draft, and an open mind.  The bottom line is: your choice of POV need not be an arbitrary or habitual one.  It can become an integral part of your creative toolbox, from the earliest stages of writing a piece to final revision, that will prove effective, and FUN. 


Dianne Ochiltree has been writing books for children and young adults for over 20 years.  Her work has been published by major publishers such as Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, G.P. Putnam Sons and Blue Apple Books.  Her books have appeared in foreign language and audio versions, featured on ‘best of’ lists and won national and regional awards, including three Florida Book Awards. She has also worked as a book reviewer, writing coach, creative writing workshop presenter and freelance editor.  She lives in Sarasota, Florida.




For more information about Dianne and her books, go to; join her on FaceBook at or follow her on Twitter @WriterDi.



We hope you’ll hang out with us after the workshops 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 on the side of the shopping center closest to Glades Road.



Saturday, December 7, 2019

noon-2 PM


Potluck Party and Roundtable Chat 


West Boca Library


We can bring delicious appetizers and desserts to share with each other (and as a thank you to the librarians for letting us have our meetings there). We’ll celebrate our 2019 highlights…and our goals for 2020. It’ll be fun to chat–and discuss any writing/publishing questions you may have.  



There will be no January meeting.



SCBWI Florida Regional Conference

Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel

 3900 NW 21st Street – Miami, FL 33142


Contact Mindy Alyse Weiss to RSVP, if you have questions, or want to receive e-mail updates: RSVPs are encouraged to help plan the meeting, but nobody will be turned away at the door.