Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

About Us

Welcome. Our chapter covers the San Diego/Imperial County region and is one of the most active chapters in the country. Members come from a variety of backgrounds and range in experience from those new to children’s writing or illustrating to authors and illustrators with numerous published titles.

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Upcoming Events

  Our 2020/2021 Season Tickets are now on sale until November 30th, click hereFor the 2020/2021 Season, September through April and MayFest Day Conference, we're planning to continue holding our meetings on-line using Zoom. What you get with a Season Ticket:
  1. Automatically registers you for September through April chapter meetings (held from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month) 
  2. Gets you discounted pricing for intensives, Mentorships and MayFest conference
  3. Gives you access to each chapter meeting recording (for two weeks after the meeting) whether you were able to attend or not.

We will send out the Zoom Link for our  chapter meetings (and Intensives) starting the Thursday evening prior to the event.  When you register, if it is under a different name or email than you have used for your SCBWI membership, be sure to update you SCBWI profile, and also let us know by email listed below (Please put NAME or EMAIL UPDATE in the subject line).  All Season Ticket holders and everyone who registered, and paid, for the chapter meeting should receive it.  If not, it is important to firstPLEASE check your Junk or Spam folder and any other email you use if you don't see it in your regular email.   If you still don't find it, then contact Debbie Snyder
Registration for the Illustrator Mentorship Waitlist is closed. For information about the mentorship you can click here 
December 12, 2020, 2 - 4 p.m. Pacific Time, Will be our annual Lessons Learned meeting featuring our chapters debuting authors and illustrators - For 2020 we have Reginald Brown, Pamela Couvignou, Jessica Kim and Ruth Mitchell. Each will share tips and the insider's information they learned on their way to publication.  To register click here. Any registrations after Noon Pacific Time the day of the meeting will not receive the Zoom link to see it live, but it will be recorded and available to those registered to attend for two weeks after the Chapter Meeting.
BOOK CLUB has been temporarily suspended. Watch here for future information.  For more info and  zoom links click here.
Upcoming Intensive: January 9, 2021 - Intensive 9 a.m. - noon Pacific Time with Sylvie Frank, Senior Editor, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster on Plot, Page-Turns, and Pith: All About Picture Book Pacing - What does pacing really mean? What does it mean for a picture book to be “snappy”? And how does plot function in picture books, anyway? In this hands-on and jam-packed session, we’ll dive into two mentor texts, examining elements that create a well-paced book. Finally, we’ll take a close look at how making a picture book dummy can be an invaluable tool to help you think visually, cut words, and revise the plot in your own work-in-progress. To register click here
Registration for all the chapter meetings and Intensives are open.  To register for a particular meeting: Here on our My Region page, find the meeting month and day you're interested in on the calendar and then click on that date.
Writing for Children 101 Class - Registration is reopened until November 30th due to requests. For more info and to register click here.

Illustrator Meet-ups are usually on the Third Thursday September through May (None in December) from 7-9:00 p.m. - Watch here for future meeting schedules and venues. The November Schmooze takes place on Nov. 19 via zoom. We had a great crowd last month and had a lot of fun. As per requests we will concentrate on hands and feet, some kid figures and more creative thinking games.  :) If you haven't already, please RSVP to receive the Zoom link. Any questions, email Lisa click here 

For upcoming webinars from our region and other regions be sure to click on SCBWI Digital at the top of the SCBWI International main page.
Our Chapters Social Events. Watch here for upcoming events hosted by Denise Harbison. For details click here, and look for them in our chapter's newsletter and on our Facebook page.
2021/2022 Season we hope we can resume meeting face-to-face. At that time we expect to continue at this venue: UCSD Extension, Room 116 at 6256 Greenwich Dr., San Diego, CA 92122. Parking is free, at this location. For a map click here.                                              

 San Diego Authors and Illustrators and Their Books