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


2017-2018 Season Topics


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Oct. 14 – Writing Series with Lin Oliver


Many of the best-selling children’s books today are series. Why? Series offer their readers the opportunity to be in a world with characters they love. Series pull young readers into reading because they know they will find old friends between the covers of a new book.

But what makes a series work? What kind of concepts can support a series? What are the key ingredients needed to keep a reader coming back for more? And are there tricks for creating and selling a hit series?

Lin Oliver, co-founder and executive director of SCBWI is a master at writing series. Author of numerous series including Hank Zipzer: World’s Best Under-Achiever, Here’s Hank, Ghost Buddy, Almost Identical, Sound Bender, Who Shrunk Daniel Funk and the highly-acclaimed new The Fantastic Frame series, Oliver has a knack for capturing the imagination of young readers while tickling their funny bone. Her books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, garnered The Christopher Award, and sold over five million copies.

According to Oliver, “I write funny books because when I was growing up, those were the kind of books I always wanted to read. It’s a great feeling to be reading a book and find yourself laughing out loud, even if the people around you think you’re weird.”

How does she do it? Lin Oliver will be sharing her thoughts and answering questions at the chapter meeting on Oct. 14, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. at the Hahn School of Nursing at the University of San Diego.


Nov. 11 - Comics and Graphic Novels with NY Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator Eric Shanower


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

Debut Authors and Illustrators Panel with Danielle Mages Amato, author of the young adult novel The Hidden Memory of Objects; Nikki Katz, author of young adult novel The Midnight Dance;  Michael Mahin author of nonfiction picture book Muddy: The Blues Legend Muddy Waters; and Andrea Zuill, illustrator and author of the picture book Wolf Camp. All four will be sharing their lessons learned along to way to becoming published.

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. 13, 2018: TBA 


Feb. 10, 2018:  An Author/Illustrator Perspective with Salina Yoon award-winning author/illustrator and book designer.


Mar 10, 2018: Interpreting Editor and Agent Speak with Stefanie Von Borstel and Taylor Martindale Kean literary agents with Full Circle Literary


April 14, 2018: Illustrator Intensive with Art Director and published YA author Lauren Linn. Note: Registration for the mentorship and intensive will begin Oct 14, 2017.  Deadline to register for the mentorship is Nov 30, 2017. Deadline to register for the Intensive is April 13, 2018.


May 12, 2018: MayFest 2018 - We will be ending the 2017-18 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. 



November 11: Visual Storytelling - with award-winning cartoonist, author and illustrator Eric Shanower. More more info available here


February 10:  A New Approach to Writing Stories – with award-winning author/illustrator Salina Yoon. More more info available here


March 10:  The Heart of Middle Grade – with Literary Agents Stefanie Von Borstel and Taylor Martindale Kean with Full Circle Literary. More more info available here


April 14:  Illustrator Intensive – with Art Director Laurent Linn at Simon and Schuster. More more info available here