Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Bounce Back Writers’ Retreat

Date(s) - 01/21/2022 - 01/23/2022
12:00 am

Cavalier Oceanfront Resort
9415 Hearst Drive - San Simeon, CA 93452



♦  Bounce Back Working Writers’ Beach Retreat * Write and revise distraction-free by the sea

♦  Friday, January 21, 2022 from 4:00 P.M. to Sunday, January 23, 2022 to 11:00 A.M.

♦  Cavalier Oceanfront Resort   *  9415 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452

♦  SCBWI Members $225   *   Nonmembers $285





Includes programming and five meals: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday breakfast. Vegetarian or special dietary meals can be accommodated if notified by December 15. Price does NOT include hotel room. See below for instructions on reserving a hotel room. Local commuters are welcome and may use the meeting room to write during breaks.


Who Should Attend:

♦ Experienced writers will enjoy time to write and socialize with other writers.

♦ Intermediate writers will appreciate optional critique time to get feedback.

♦ New and aspiring writers will expand their knowledge, meet potential critique partners and get questions answered in addition to  having time to write and receive feedback.


What You’ll Get Out of This Weekend:

⇒ Time to write in an inspirational seaside setting.

⇒ Optional critique groups for feedback on your work-in-progress.

⇒ Ten-minute TED-style talks to energize your writing life.

⇒ Meditative walks on the beach.

⇒ Fireside socials to meet and chat with other writers.

⇒ Freedom from your usual routine and responsibilities.

⇒ Five meals you don’t have to prepare or clean up after. Sparkling conversation included.




4:00 Check-in, drop items off in your hotel room

4:30 Welcome in Cavalier Plaza meeting room, introductions, meditative beach walk, and ten minute TED-style talk

6:00 Dinner

7:00 Fireside Social & writing time


7:30 Optional meditative beach walk

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Ten minute TED-style talk, optional critique group

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Revision time

3:30 Optional critique group

6:00 Dinner

7:00 Ten minute TED-style talk, fireside social, writing time


8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Meditative beach walk

9:45 Ten minute TED-style talk, plan your next steps

11:00 Farewell




Please note that the price of our programming does not include hotel accommodations. You can make these separately by calling The Cavalier at 805 927-4688. Mention SCBWI CenCal to receive the special rate on the block of rooms set aside for our group.


Hotel Room Group Prices:

♦ Standard room with either 1 king bed or 2 queen beds $159 night (if you are looking for a roommate you can post this on our Facebook page)

♦ Deluxe King Ocean View with wood-burning fireplace $209 night

♦ Premium King Full Ocean View with wood-burning fireplace $269 night (same type of room as the Deluxe, but closer to the ocean)


Deadline to Book Your Room With These Discounted Prices:

To get the discounted rates, you must book by December 15, 2021. All rooms at the group discount will be released after that date. If you are a AAA member you can mention your card at the time of booking to see if there is an additional reduction, but it may not apply due to the group rate. Group rate is only available by calling the hotel directly, so do not use third-party booking vendors as you will pay a higher rate. Check with the hotel on their room cancellation policy.


Accessibility Note:

The hotel is 2 stories but does NOT have an elevator, so if you must have a room on the first floor please make that clear to the hotel when you make your room reservation. The retreat meeting room has 2 or 3 steps but also has a ramp. There is stairway and trail access down to the beach, but it would not be easily accessible by wheelchair.




Registration will open in early October. To receive the member price, make sure you are first logged in at


COVID Restrictions:

Attendees must be vaccinated against COVID. If an attendee has a medical restriction that would not allow vaccination please contact the RA. Instructions about how to provide proof of vaccination will be provided to registrants.



Retreat cancellations prior to December 15 will receive a refund less a $25 handling fee. Refunds after that date may not be available due to catering guarantees, so cancellations after December 15 will be handled on a case by case basis with the understanding that we cannot guarantee any refund after December 15. SCBWI CenCal is not responsible for booking, cancelling, or confirming your hotel room accommodations–attendees bear full responsibility for making/cancelling their own hotel room reservations and should check with the hotel directly regarding room cancellation, which is separate from retreat attendance cancellation.



SCBWI events are for adults aged 18 or older. Minors are not allowed.



Please check with the hotel directly about their pet policy. SCBWI CenCal does not allow pets in the retreat meeting or dining rooms.


Time & Tides:

Friday 1/21 Sunset 5:22pm, low tide 6:36pm

Saturday 1/22 Sunrise 7:10am, Sunset 5:23pm, low tide 6:33, high tide 12:11, low tide 7:08pm

Sunday 1/23 Sunrise 7:09 am, low tide 7:44, high tide 1:08pm


What to Bring:

Your work-in-progress, writing tools, jacket, shoes for the beach, a good flashlight, umbrella & rain jacket just in case.



Contact Regional Advisor Rebecca Langston-George at



This event is fully booked.