Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

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


Joyce Sweeney

Keep Growing!

Saturday, July 21

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm


After thirty-five years (off and on) as a published writer, Joyce firmly believes that the key to surviving the crazy world of book publishing is to keep your heart engaged and excited.  There’s a tremendous tendency to fall into ruts, even before you’re published and especially after and everything becomes a ‘job’.  We will explore some techniques together for checking in with your creative source and making sure you are really writing the books you love enough to fight for, wait for and invest in. 


Joyce Sweeney is the author of fourteen novels for young adults and two chapbooks of poetry. Her first novel, Center Line, won the First Annual Delacorte Press Prize for an Outstanding Young Adult Novel.  Many of her books appear on the American Library Association’s Best Books List and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers. 

Joyce has also been a writing teacher and coach for 25 years, beginning with teaching five week classes for the Florida Center for the Book, moving to ongoing invitation only workshops and finally to online classes ( which reach students nationally and internationally.  Developing strong bonds with the students she critiques and instructs is her hallmark.  She believes that writers need emotional support as well as strong, craft-based teaching if they are to make the long, arduous, but very worthwhile journey to traditional publication.  So far, 57 of Joyce’s students have successfully made this journey and obtained traditional publishing contracts.

Joyce lives in Coral Springs with her husband, Jay and caffeine-addicted cat, Nitro.

Nicole Resciniti (agent)

and Marjetta Geerling

Saturday, August 11

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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 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.