Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

County Mingles

In an effort to build a stronger local community, the Central/Coastal SCBWI region offers regular, FREE meet-ups, known as County Mingles, which are hosted by volunteers. Mingles are excellent opportunities for you to connect with other writers, learn about craft, and build a community of support in your area. Below are details on upcoming Mingles hosted in your county.

For questions, please contact the specified Mingle Host or Regional Advisor, Rebecca Langston-George.

**Due to COVID-19, events are subject to cancellation in concern for SCBWI members and their family’s health. Please reach out to your Mingle host with questions.

SCBWI CenCal is following state, county and meeting place guidelines in regards to masks. In keeping with CDC revised guidelines, all attendees are asked to wear a mask indoor at events. If you are not feeling well please stay home and join us another time.


Kern County Next Meeting:


Mingle Host: Allison Crotzer Kimmel

RSVP for a Kern County Mingle

Saturday, August 7 10am-12

Meet at Fairview Baptist Church, 113 E. Fairview Rd., Bakersfield 93307 We will be in the Fellowship Hall. You can park in either lot.

Topic: Endings & New Beginnings.



San Luis Obispo County Next Meeting:


Mingle Host: Claire Noland

RSVP for a San Luis Obispo Mingle

Saturday, November 13, 2021 10am to 12

Beginnings and Endings.

Bring your favorites and share your own.

RSVP to for location. Bring a mask.



Santa Barbara County Next Meeting:


Mingle Host: Mari Talkin

RSVP for a Santa Barbara County Mingle



Sunday, December 5,  2-5pm

Holiday mingle 109 W. Ortega St., Santa Barbara. Party held on outdoor patio w/heater while eating. Mingle may move indoors (with masks) once the group finishes eating. Games & book exchange. Bring a YA,MG or PB book (new or gently used) to exchange, a dish to share and a mask. RSVP to Mari at the link on the left. 




Ventura County Next Meeting:


Mingle Host: Lori-Anaya

RSVP for a Ventura County mingle





Tuesday, November 16 2:30-4:30 Topic: End of Year Social  Freda’s Pizza & Woodfired Kitchen 2024 Ventura Blvd. #114, Camarillo 

Meet outside in front of the restaurant at the tables. Bring a mask. RSVP.