Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Orlando Area Events


West Osceola Branch Library

305 Campus St.

Celebration, FL 34747



Saturday, July 07, 2018


Children’s Writers Roundtable

Moderated by Jan Eldredge

Join us for our first writers roundtable, a friendly, casual group discussion where we’ll ask questions, do some group brainstorming, and discuss the methods we’ve found to be helpful in our own writing. Come prepared to share your favorite writing tips and tricks, the titles of your favorite writing resources, and any writing-related questions that need answers or writing-related problems that need solving. This will be a great opportunity to share, learn, and network with some of your fellow Florida children’s writers. If you’d like, join us for lunch afterward at either the nearby Pei Wei or Panera for more conversation and socializing.



Saturday, August 04, 2018


“The Perfect Detail”

Presented by Marjetta Geerling

Choosing the perfect detail in our stories is essential to what we do as writers and illustrators. The perfect detail not only sets the scene, it can also deepen characterization; create, maintain, and escalate tension; slow or speed pacing; trigger foreshadowing, backstory, or reflection; establish subtext and symbolism; and contribute to plot development. In this workshop, we’ll explore the power of the perfect detail and practice how to choose exactly the right thing to show at exactly the right moment to make our stories as memorable and resonant as possible.

Homework: If you are currently working on something, bring a picture book manuscript or scene from a novel to work on. If you are in the development stage, it will be helpful to have a character in mind to work with.


No September Meeting:

Instead, register for an all-day Boot Camp* near you on Sept. 29.

* Locations and speakers  TBD



Saturday, October 06, 2018


“Let Your Character Tell the Story:

 Transcending the Self to Allow the Story to Emerge”

Presented by Danette Haworth

Ever labor to get the next sentence down? Ever had to plumb the depths to find the next word, only to then struggle against the cerebrospinal fluid to bring that word to the conscious surface? Award winning author Danette Haworth offers tips, methods, and class exercises to help you get out of your own way and let your characters tell the story.

Danette Haworth is the author of Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning, which won the 2012 California Young Reader medal;  Me & Jack, named a 2013 Great Stone Face Book Award shortlisted nominee, and a 2013 Keystone to Reading Book Award nominee; A Whole Lot of Lucky, which earned a Starred Kirkus Review, and The Summer of Moonlight Secrets. For more information on Danette, visit


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