Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Orlando Area Meetings


West Osceola Branch Library*

305 Campus St.

Celebration, FL 34747

*All meetings are at this library unless otherwise specified.



Saturday, November 3, 2018

10:30 am-12:30 pm

Note: This meeting will take place at Books-A-Million in Kissimmee instead of the library. Address below.

Join us for a panel discussion by SCBWI-FL authors at Books-A-Million in Kissimmee.

Authors will discuss their experiences with the traditional publishing process, how they acquired agent representation, and valuable tips about the craft of writing and illustrating children’s books. Panelists include Taryn Souders, Sarah McGuire Koehler, Ed Masessa, Zebo Ludcivek, Fred Koehler, and Jan Eldredge. The panel will be followed by socializing and book signings.

After the event, let’s meet up for lunch at the nearby Pei-Wei for more socializing with our fellow SCBWI members. This is a great opportunity to network and make new friends with your fellow Florida children’s authors.


2605 W Osceola Parkway

Kissimmee, FL 34741




Saturday, December 1, 2018

10:00 am-noon

“Revising Your Novel: The Best Writing . . .”

Presented by Alex Flinn

Okay, so you’ve done the “hard work” of writing your draft. Unfortunately, it’s 500 pages long. And what about those three subplots?  And will people who aren’t inside your head understand your characters? Learn the questions to ask your manuscript, as well as tips and tricks for getting it down (or up) to fighting weight.

Alex Flinn is the best-selling author of twelve novels, including the best-selling Beastly, which was made into a major motion picture. For more information about Alex and her books, visit



No January Meeting

Our annual Regional Conference will take place at the Sheraton Miami Hotel.

Please click HERE to find out more about the conference.

Details to be added as we get closer to the event..



Saturday, February 2, 2019

10:00 am-noon

“Compelling Worlds—A World Building Workshop”

Presented by Christina Farley.

Author Christina Farley will help you create a rich world for your novel or picture book to help it stand out in the crowded market. This interactive and hands on workshop will look at ways to design a believable world whether it’s a picture book, a contemporary middle grade, or a young adult fantasy. Together we will design maps to guide our stories, explore unique rules and characters, develop compelling worlds, and unexpected plots twists. Be sure to bring a laptop or notebook and your work-in-progress/novel ideas!

CHRISTINA FARLEY is the author of THE PRINCESS & THE PAGE and the bestselling Gilded series. GILDED was nominated for Korea’s Morning Calm, Ohio’s Buckeye award, and Tome’s It List. She is a certified teacher holding a master’s degree in education and has taught hundreds of writing workshops worldwide. She lives in Florida and can be visited online at



Saturday, March 2, 2019

10:00 am-noon

For more information about free monthly meetings and to be put on a mailing list, contact Jan Eldredge:

Meetings are usually held on the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m.-noon at:

West Osceola Branch Library

305 Campus Street

Celebration, FL 34747