Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Polish and Pitch Beach Retreat

Date(s) - 01/11/2019 - 01/13/2019
4:00 pm - 11:00 am

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




Wait list only. Contact Rebecca to be added to the wait list at .  

Friday, January 11, 4:00 pm through Sunday, January 13, noon.

Write & Revise

Craft a Winning Query & Synopsis

Pitch your Work

Rejuvenate with

S’mores, Fire Pits, & a Stroll on the Sand.


Karen Grencik, Agent at Red Fox Literary. Karen became a literary agent because of a man she admired. She wanted the world to know his story. In 2001 she accomplished her goal when Double Luck, Memoirs of a Chinese Orphan, written by Lu Chi Fa with Becky White, was published by Holiday House. Double Luck received many awards, and it is still in print in hardcover to this day. Karen’s next sale, George Hogglesberry, Grade School Alien, written by Sarah Wilson, was acquired by a brand-new editor, Abigail Samoun, at Tricycle Press. George Hogglesberry went on to win the coveted Golden Kite Award for Best Picture Book Text in 2003. Many other award-winning titles followed. In February 2011, Karen and Abigail joined forces to open Red Fox Literary, LLC, a boutique agency that specializes in children’s books for all ages. Karen has been on the Top 10 Picture book Agents list for the past five years.


Alexis O’Neill is the author of The Recess Queen, Loud Emily, The Worst Best Friend, Estela’s Swap and The Kite That Bridged Two Nations, a California Young Reader Medal nominee for 2016-2017 and SCBWI Crystal Kite winner. She served as the SCBWI Regional Advisor for the Central-Coastal region for eighteen years. A popular school visit presenter, Alexis shares the craft and business of author visits at her blog,, as well as through her column in the SCBWI Bulletin, “The Truth About School Visits.”  She is an active board member of the Ventura County Reading Association, the CLU-California Reading and Literature Project, and a dedicated supporter of school and public libraries everywhere.




Rebecca Langston-George is the author of twelve books for young readers including For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story. The California Reading Association presented her with the Armin R. Schulz Literacy Award in 2016 for writing that promotes social justice, and her titles regularly appear on national and state reading lists including the NCSS-CBS Notable Social Studies Trade Books, VOYA, Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List and the Ultimate Mighty Girl Book Gift Guide. Rebecca currently serves as the Regional Advisor for SCBWI CenCal. 



Workshops on writing & polishing your query and synopsis.

Hands-on revision workshop with tips to push your work to the next level.

Agent Q & A: Ask your burning questions about hooking an agent and the agent/writer relationship.

Optional One-on-One Agent pitch with feedback on your pitch $20.

Optional Free Critique Groups and Small Circle Query and Synopsis Critiques.

Unstructured Time to Write, Revise and Rejuvenate. 

Evening Beach side fire pits, s’mores and fun.



New Retreat Location: Cavalier Resort, 9415 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, California  Do not book directly with the hotel. 

The registration fee includes the program for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday morning as well as five meals from Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast and your room for Friday and Saturday nights. The hotel has two pools, a spa, fire pits that are lit at dusk and life-size chess, checkers and other games. There are different room choices and price points–please read carefully.  All rooms are close to the ocean, and Deluxe Ocean View Single Rooms face the ocean.  You can view room types here   We are offering standard rooms and deluxe ocean view rooms below. We are not offering premium oceanfront rooms.

Please note that the hotel has two stories with stairs (no elevator). If you need a first floor room please let Rebecca know immediately after booking registration. If you need an ADA room please inquire with Rebecca before booking so she can check availability.  If the room type you want is filled please contact Rebecca to inquire about availability PRIOR to booking something else. 

Standard Shared Double Room: Two queen beds, mini refrigerator with mini bar, Keurig single serve coffee maker, hair dryer. We will pair you with a roommate or you can indicate your roommate preference. $450 including program and meals.

Standard Single Room: One King bed, mini refrigerator with mini bar, Keurig single serve coffee maker, hair dryer. $610 including program and meals.

Deluxe Ocean View Single Room: One king bed, private patio, wood-burning fireplace, mini refrigerator with mini bar, Keurig single serve coffee maker, hair dryer. Room is facing the ocean. $720 including program and meals. (Please note: No deluxe ocean view rooms with double beds).

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made before January 1, 2019 will receive a refund less $50 service charge. No refunds will be made for cancellations after January 1, 2019; this policy includes no refunds on early departures/late arrivals.

Minors: SCBWI Events are for those aged 18 and over. We do not allow minors to register for or attend events.

Questions: Please contact CenCal Regional Advisor Rebecca Langston-George at