Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Boot Camps 2022


SCBWI Florida Boot Camps


Saturday, September 10

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM



Members: $100.00

Non-members: $125.00

Seating is limited.


Register at the bottom of this page!



Faculty: John Herzog and Gladys Jose

Location: Zoom

As an illustrator, do you sometimes find that your characters feel a bit static? Wooden? Flat? Have no fear, fellow artists! Gladys and John will provide constructive instruction and exercises that will help your characters come alive and leap off the page. In this Boot Camp, we’ll discuss the basics of character design, pushing poses and attitude, and incorporating gesture drawing into your process. We’ll also have a gesture drawing session with experienced figure models from Ringling.

Who’s it for? Illustrators of all experience levels.

What to bring? Please be sure to bring a sketchbook and pencils and/or a digital drawing tablet (iPad, Surface, etc.).

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NOTE: Recordings of this virtual boot camp will be available after the event for registered attendees.



Faculty: Lorin Oberweger

Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park – Orlando Area

In this Boot Camp, we’re going to look at the elements that make for a truly worthy, ESSENTIAL protagonist and challenge ourselves to find ways for them to care more and have more to lose; to express themselves in a compelling, indelible way; to register as memorable on the page; and to be the driving force of the narrative rather than having the story drive THEM.  As always, bring your laptop or notebook, scenes from your work-in-progress (or the entire work if it’s a picture book), and the desire to dig deep and challenge yourself. See you there!  

Who’s it for? Writers and author/illustrators of all experience levels and all genres.

What to bring: Please come with scenes from your work(s)-in-progress (or the entire work if it’s a picture book) as well as your favorite note-taking tools.

Learn more about Lorin:

NOTE: Recordings of this virtual boot camp will be available after the event for registered attendees.



Faculty: Dorian Cirrone and Alex Flinn

Location: Tamarac Branch Library, Tamarac – South Florida Area

William Faulkner said, “If a story is in you, it has to come out.” We know you have a story in you and this Boot Camp will help it come out. From compelling stories to page-turning scenes to lyrical sentences, this Boot Camp will cover everything you need to make your work stand out to agents and editors. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to bring your novel to life. Bring your work-in-progress so you can put what you learn into practice.


Who’s it for? Those who are writing or wish to write chapter books, middle grade novels, and/or young adult novels. Writers of all experience levels.

What to bring? Your work(s)-in-progress or an idea for a project and your laptop or other note-taking materials.

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Faculty: Fred Koehler and Sarah McGuire Koehler

Location: Health Care of America (HCA), Tampa

Writing memorable stories, whether picture books, middle grade, or young adult, requires a variety of tools. Come prepared to learn (and play with!) story-building tools in this Boot Camp as we focus on concept, characters, and plot. We’ll help you make sure your concept is strong enough to support a story, craft memorable characters, and start spinning an unputdownable plot.

Who’s it for? Writers and illustrators of all experience levels and all genres.

What to bring: Please come with a work(s)-in-progress or a shiny new idea that you’re ready to tackle! Bring your favorite note-taking tools.

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Faculty: Rob Sanders and Sita Singh

Location: Laura Riding Jackson Writing Center, Vero Beach

This Boot Camp will show you the value of knowing what kind of stories you want to write and of having a premise to guide your work. Then we’ll look at some craft tools that can make your work standout in a crowded field—voice, word choice, lyrical language, staying in scene, and developing emotions. And we’ll discuss how to make feedback impact your revisions. This hands-on Boot Camp will include first page critiques. Come explore the opportunities and possibilities with us!

Who’s it for? Fiction and nonfiction picture book writers of all experience levels. Illustrators and illustrator/authors are welcome, too!

What to bring? Your work(s)-in-progress or picture book ideas, laptop or other note-taking tools, and the first page of a manuscript for a quick, on-the-spot critique. To see how to format a first page, CLICK HERE

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The following protocols have been developed based on CDC guidelines,

requirement and recommendations from SCBWI headquarters,

and taking into consideration the requirements of our various meeting facilities.

1. Please wear a mask.

2. We highly recommend that those who attend be vaccinated or have a negative test before attending.

3. If you are not feeling well, please be considerate of others and do not attend the meeting.

4. If you are unable to attend a boot camp due to Covid, please notify us for a refund.

5. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at each boot camp location.

If you have any questions about these protocols, please email us at Thank you for following our protocols to help ensure the health and safety of our faculty and participants. While SCBWI Florida has COVID-19 precautions and procedures established for our events, please know that you assume all risks associated with attending any in-person gathering.