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 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.

2021/22 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 is 11:59 pm on September 25, 2021. Two awards will be granted. Notifications will be sent by October 1, 2021.

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 complete this 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.

Read on to learn about our previous scholars-in-residence.

Our 2020/21 Scholars-in-Residence are…

Jackie Friedman Mighdoll (October 15 – April 14)
Joyce Masongsong-Ray (April 15 – October 14)

Congratulations Jackie and Joyce! 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 2021.

Here’s a little more about our winners!

Jackie Friedman Mighdoll writes middle grade, poetry, and picture books, and she translates from Japanese to English. She founded a language school and built curricula for teaching world languages to children from newborn through elementary. She has an MBA from Wharton and an MA in International Studies. She loves getting to know the world through travel, lit, language, and dessert.




Among other things, Joyce Masongsong-Ray is a mom, former elementary school teacher and roller derby referee. She writes and illustrates stories embracing cultural identity, science and engineering, silly humor and magical cats. Her collection of college degrees include a BA in art history from the University of Miami, a BFA in animation from the College for Creative Studies (Detroit) and an MA in education from the University of Michigan. She loves learning and laughing!