Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

South Florida Meetings

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




Lorin Oberweger 

Putting Poetry in Your Prose

Saturday, July 20

12 pm – 2 pm

In this workshop, we’ll do a deep dive into poetic techniques as a way of elevating our prose and bringing our stories more fully to life. 
Whether you’re writing a picture book or novel, this exploration of imagery, sound, figurative language, compression, and other elements will add depth to your narrative voice and help you create the kind of magic that enthralls and involves your reader. 
Bring your entire picture book or your opening or ending pages, if you’re working in a longer form. Also bring a notebook or laptop (or both) and your spirit of exploration. 


LORIN OBERWEGER is a highly sought-after independent book editor and ghostwriter with almost twenty-five years experience in publishing. Her company, Free Expressions, offers intensive, deep craft workshops nationwide. She’s also known for her one-on-one story mastermind session for writers of all genres of fiction and creative nonfiction.

Lorin’s students and clients have millions of books in print and have been published by HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Simon and Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Disney, and many other presses. They have also gained representation with some of the industry’s leading literary agents.

An award-winning author, Lorin has co-written and ghostwritten eight books, several for New York Times bestselling authors of fiction and nonfiction. Her work, commissioned by major publishers, has received glowing notices from the New York Times, Kirkus Reviews, NPR, and others.

With bestselling author Veronica Rossi, Lorin is the author of the New Adult books, BOOMERANG, REBOUND, and BOUNCE, published by Harper/William Morrow under the pen name Noelle August.  The novels were praised by Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, among others, and BOOMERANG was chosen as a “new and notable” selection for Target Stores across the US.


Kerry O’Malley Cerra

Writing With Heart…Ride that Bus!

Saturday, August 3

12 pm – 2 pm

What’s the difference between a good book and an unforgettable one? Heart. Heart comes from taking risks and telling the story only you can tell. In this workshop, you will learn tools to help you dig deep, uncover your own personal truths, take risks, and write a universal story that will resonate with readers.

What to bring:

1. A scene from your manuscript that needs an emotional jolt or notes on a character that you hope to go deeper with.

2. Something to write with

3. A brand new journal/small notebook and/or a copy of the Emotion Thesaurus

September 21

Look for a Boot Camp near you. Locations and dates TBA.


October 5

Lynne Marie

10:30 – 12:30


November 23

Dianne Ochiltree  

Powerful Storytelling From a Fresh Point of View


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.


West Boca Library

18685 State Road 7    Boca Raton, FL 33498

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

I hope you’ll hang out with us after the workshops at Tempura House: 9858 Clint Moore Road #C-112 Boca Raton, FL 33496 (SE Corner of Clint Moore & 441 in the Reserve Shopping Center between Publix and Temper Grille).

Make a right out of the library and a U Turn at the first light. The shopping center will be on your right side just after a traffic light that goes into a community. If you miss the entrance, make a right onto Clint Moore Road and then a right into the shopping center.