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 for scholarship, productivity, and creativity while creating a platform for meaningful interaction with regional members and guests.

SF South is interested in supporting the Scholar’s ability to delve deeper into the craft of writing or illustrating while completing a related project during the period of the residence.

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. Scholars-in-Residence will receive a stipend as well as partial tuition grants to all regional events and a limited number of SCBWI national events during the period of their residence.

Mid-way through the residency, scholars will present a craft-focused educational lecture to the region on the topic of their choice. Scholars will conclude the residency with a second lecture summarizing their learnings and the results of their work.

2022/23 Application Process

The duration of the program is 6 months.

A stipend of $750 will be granted to each Scholar.

Due date
The deadline for submitting applications will be August 15th, 2022. Two awards will be granted and announced at our Golden Gate Conference at Asilomar 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

Please fill out this Google Form. You will need to include a maximum of 500 words describing your area of expertise, planned writing or illustration project for the residency, and specific proposed activities that would benefit from receiving the scholarship.


Our 2021/22 Scholars-in-Residence are…

Lindsay Lackey
Cressida Hanson

Congratulations Lindsay and Cressida! And thank you to everyone who applied. The regional team had a hard time deciding between all the high quality applications. We can’t wait to see more wonderful project ideas when we open for the next round of submissions in September 2022.

Here’s a little more about our winners!


 Lindsay Lackey is the author of the bestselling middle grade novel, All the Impossible Things (Roaring Brook Press), which was named a Best Book of 2019 by the New York Public Library, Denver Public Library, and Children’s Book Review, and was a 2020 WILLA Literary Award Finalist in Children’s Fiction and Nonfiction. Before she became an author, Lindsay trained as an opera singer, worked in children’s and teen services at a public library, and as a marketing and publicity coordinator for a major publishing house. Born and raised in Colorado, she now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their spoiled dogs.



 Cressida Hanson is a K-8 school librarian and book industry professional who will talk your ear off about kidlit across the spectrum and never judges anyone’s reading tastes, especially since hers is so eclectic. She writes middle grade and picture books set in unusual and often overlooked locations. Her contemporary middle grade novel “Camper Row” won SCBWI’s 2020 Work-in-Progress Award. Cressida holds a Master’s in Library Science from Simmons College, and once served as a librarian on-board a cruise ship. She is a book-a-day reader; if busy, book-every-other-day.