Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SF South Scholar-in-Residence Program


About the program

The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity and stipend for two of our members to delve deeper into the craft of writing or illustrating while completing a related project during the period of their residence. In turn, these Scholars will share with us their learnings and the results of their work through a webinar or presentation. One Scholar presents in the Spring and the other in the Fall.

SF South is committed to supporting Scholars-in-Residence who would be able to make a significant contribution to the world of children’s literature. 

Any member of SCBWI San Francisco South is eligible to apply. Our regional team reads every application and chooses who we collectively feel is best suited based on the strength of the research topic but ultimately, which presentation would provide the most benefit for our members. In addition, we look for one rising pre- or non-traditionally published member as well as one who may be published. 

2023/24 Application Process

The duration of the program is 6 months.

A stipend of $750 will be granted to each Scholar. This is to be used however the Scholar sees fit to help complete their project.

Due date
The deadline for submitting applications will be August 15th, 2023. Two awards will be granted and announced in September.

Start date
Scholar 1 will initiate residency on October 15. Residency 1 will conclude on April 14.
Scholar 2 will initiate residency on April 15. Residency 2 will conclude on October 14.

Current active members of SCBWI San Francisco South are encouraged to apply.

Application materials

*Applications for 2023-24 will open in May 2023*.
You will need to include a maximum of 500 words describing your area of expertise, planned writing or illustration project for the residency, specific proposed activities that would benefit from receiving the scholarship, and what your presentation topic would be.


Our 2022/23 Scholars-in-Residence are…

Anne-Marie Strohman
Charlotte Cheng


Our Spring 2023 Scholar:

Anne-Marie Strohman graduated with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts in July 2020, and writes picture books, short stories, and novels for middle graders and young adults. She founded, edits, and writes for KidLit Craft, a blog for children’s and YA writers focused on reading mentor texts with an eye for craft. Anne-Marie lives on the Peninsula, with her husband and two teenagers, where she enjoys hiking, knitting, dabbling in music, and learning new things. Currently, she’s learning to scull.

Evoking Emotion on the Page–and in the Reader’s Heart
A workshop in harnessing and communicating emotion by Anne-Marie Strohman
Saturday, April 29th, 2023 from 11:00 a.m -12:30 p.m. PST

For more information and to register – HERE!

Our Fall 2023 Scholar:

Charlotte Cheng creates stories on rocks, sidewalks, libraries, and, once in a while, the good old traditional piece of paper. She has written and illustrated a variety of books including Explore China: A Mulan Discovery Book and BoBo Loves Dumplings. With over 15 years of EdTech experience, Charlotte has written and published K-12 curriculum for influential companies including LeapFrog, Disney, and Wonder Workshop. She also hosts and produces the EdTech Adventures podcast, which explores the role of technology, STEM, and creative play in education. Charlotte lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she enjoys playing board games and the ukulele while sampling local boba beverages. You can learn more about her work at:

Charlotte’s presentation will be in October 2023.

Here’s a letter from Charlotte to published authors:

My name is Charlotte Cheng, one of the current Scholars in Residence for SCBWI San Francisco South. As part of my residency, I’m researching how authors stay focused during each stage of the publishing process. I will be presenting my findings and sharing my personal journey during an online presentation in fall of 2023.
For this research, I’m looking to interview and learn from the experience of published authors. If you’re interested in participating in this project, I’ve created a survey that you can fill out at your own convenience: . If you’d prefer to be interviewed via a Zoom call instead or if you have any questions about this project, feel free to reach out to me at 
I greatly appreciate your time and am looking forward to learning from you all!

Previous Scholars-In-Residence:

2020/21 – Jackie Friedman Mighdoll, Joyce Masongsong-Ray
2021/22 – Cressida Hanson, Lindsay Lackey