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



Santa Barbara County Next Meeting:


Mingle Host: Mari Talkin

RSVP for a Santa Barbara County Mingle



Saturday, August 28 11am

Santa Barbara. Please RSVP to get the address. It will be outdoors. Critique groups: how to find them and how to give and receive effective feedback. Bring the first couple of pages of a work-in-progress for a sample critique if time allows. 




Ventura County Next Meeting:


Mingle Host: Lori-Anaya

RSVP for a Ventura County mingle




Tuesday August 31 2:30-4:30 Topic: Critique Groups

Tuesday, November 16 2:30-4:30 Topic: End of Year Social

Valle Lindo Park (lots of shade) 889 Aileen Street, Camarillo, 93010

Meet near Coe Street opposite Aileen St. Parking available both sides. Nice winding walkway takes you across the park.

Bring a chair and water, and something to take notes on.