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



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 South Florida Area


Rob Sanders

Saturday, September 21, 2019 * 10:30 – 4:30 *

South Regional/Broward College Library           

7300 Pines Blvd.  Pembroke Pines

Members: $85.00        Non-members: $115.00


Description: Many picture book writers need one more ingredient to take their writing to the next level, to get their big break, to go from pre-published to published. This boot camp will address some of the ingredients that impact voice, presentation, and execution in a picture book manuscript and that could take your writing to the next level. We’ll focus on compression (tighten it up), theme (the heart of the story), genre and types of picture books (you have more choices than you may think), structure (how things look on the page really do matter), point of view (who knew?!), perspective (whose eyes will let us see into the story?), the power of figurative language and literary devices (each word matters), and more. We’ll begin by building our day around your questions.

What to bring: A work-in-progress or two that you can write on (or revise on your computer) and your favorite note-taking tools.

Target audience: Picture book writers of all experience levels. Illustrators are welcome, too, though our focus will be on writing picture books.

Learn more about Rob:


October 5

Lynne Marie

Stretching The Season:
Cultivating Year-Round Appeal
With A Holiday Hook



10:30 am – 12:30 pm

*Glades Road Library*

It’s about 5 minutes away from our usual library

Located on Glades Road between the Turnpike and 441

20701 95th Ave S.
Boca Raton, FL 33434



Join picture book author Lynne Marie as she shares how her latest picture book went from Goldilocks and the Three Bears to Moldilocks and the Three Scares and discusses the appeal of holiday books and how you might either add a holiday hook to your book, or stretch the appeal of your holiday book. She’ll share lots of fun examples and even conduct an exercise or two!





Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten – illustrated by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic, 2011), Hedgehog’s 100th Day of School – illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic, January 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play — illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books, 10/16/2018), Moldilocks and the Three Scares — illustrated by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling, 2019)  and her first non-fiction picture book, Let’s Eat! Mealtime Around the World — illustrated by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books, 2019) and more forthcoming. When she’s not cruising around the world, she lives on a lake in South Florida with her family, a Schipperke named Anakin and several resident water birds. She’s represented by Deborah Warren of East West Literary Agency. You can learn more about her at

November 23

Dianne Ochiltree

Powerful Storytelling From a Fresh Point of View

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

West Boca Library


December 7


Potluck Party and Roundtable Chat 

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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.  

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