Chapter Meetings

We meet the second Saturday of the month from September through May at the University of San Diego.

Meetings are open to SCBWI members and nonmembers. Cost: $9 for SCBWI members, $12 for nonmembers. Season Tickets are available from September through December. Season Tickets provide discounted admission to all meetings, conferences and workshops. 

Our monthly meetings feature a speaker on either the craft or the business of writing/illustrating and have time for chapter business, member announcements and networking. Some of our speakers are local; others are brought in from out of town. Every meeting is planned to further the development of our members' careers. Suggestions of topics and speakers are always welcome. 


Hahn School of Nursing, University of San Diego   click here for directions

2:00 to 4:00 PM


2016-2017 Season Topics


Dec 10 – Debut Authors Panel and Annual Member Book/Art Sale

Debut Authors Panel with Marcie Colleen, author of the Super Happy Party Bears chapter books series; Sally J. Pla, author of the middle grade novel Someday Birds; and Andrea Zuill, illustrator and author of the picture book Wolf Camp. All three will be sharing their lessons learned along to way to becoming published.


Andrea Zuill is a writer/illustrator of children's books. She was born Bakersfield, CA and moved to the San Diego area when she married. For 20 years she was a graphic artist and at the same time Andrea created oil paintings. Her quirky figurative paintings have been exhibited in California, Texas and New York. In 2006 she started creating prints of funny and whimsical characters,  which led to her start in children’s books. Andrea's debut book, WOLF CAMP (Schwartz & Wade) was released in May 2016. She has two more books coming out, Dancing is for Everyone (Sterling) in April 2017, and Marigold & Daisy (Sterling) in Spring 2018.


Marcie Colleen is a former classroom teacher turned children’s book author. Her books include THE SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS chapter book series with Macmillan/Imprint, as well as picture books THE ADVENTURE OF THE PENGUINAUT, to be published by Scholastic, and LOVE, TRIANGLE, which sold at auction in a two-book deal to Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins.

Marcie is an expert on creating highly acclaimed Teacher’s Guides that align picture books and middle grade novels with the Common Core and state mandated standards. She is the Education Consultant for Picture Book Month and the Curriculum Developer for Time Traveler Tours & Tales, and a faculty member for Kidlit Writing School. Her educational work in children’s literature has been recognized by School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and the Children’s Book Council.

Marcie recently re-located to San Diego from New York City with her husband—LEGO artist Jonathan Lopes—and their mischievous sock monkey.


Sally J. Pla has been a desk clerk at a creaky old hotel, a very forgetful waitress, and a terrible back-up singer for a local band. But she’s always loved writing the best. She’s got a couple of English degrees, and has worked as a magazine editor/journalist. She's also been a committed volunteer for public education, and is a vocal advocate for autism acceptance. Sally is the debut author of the middle-grade novel, The Someday Birds (HarperCollins, out Jan '17), a Junior Library Guild Selection and Publishers Weekly starred review. She’s represented by Taylor Martindale Kean of Full Circle Literary.


Also in December – our Annual Sale of Chapter Member Books and Illustrations. Come get the perfect gift and have it inscribed for your loved ones.

If you are a PAL member or self-published and interested in sharing your books or art please click here for more information.


Jan. 14, 2017One Writer's True Confessions with Pam Muñoz Ryan award-winning author of ESPERANZA RISING, BECOMING NAOMI LEÓN, RIDING FREEDOM, PAINT THE WIND, and the Newberry Honor winner ECHOPam Munoz Ryan: One Writer’s True Confessions 


Feb. 11, 2017:  TBA


March 11, 2017: From Behind the Editor's Desk with Annie Nybo, Associate Editor, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Simon & Schuster


April 8, 2017: The Dance of Words and Art with author Lee Wardlaw and author/illustrator Eugene Yelchin who worked on the picture book WON TON together.


May 13, 2017: In-Person Critiques and Craft Workshops

We will be ending the 2016-17 Season with a very special chapter meeting. We will be holding focused workshop sessions from 2-4 p.m. followed by Meet and Mingle networking with local editors and agents and fellow chapter members from 4-5 p.m. 



Nov. 12 – Picture Book Writing Intensive: Creating a World in 800 Words or Less  – with Alexis O'Neill. Click here for more info


Mar. 11 – MG/YA Writing Intensive – with Associate Editor Annie Nybo with Margaret K. McElderry Books at Simon & Schuster 


May 13 – Illustrator Intensive – with Art Director Jim Hoover with Viking Children's Books. Click here for more info