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


January 12, 2019 meeting - The Nuts and Bolts of Crafting a Chapter Book Series - with author, Marcie Colleen.  Start off the new year by learning about this ever-expanding format that can be confusing. What exactly is a chapter book? What's needed to make a chapter book series?

For more info click here We will be meeting at the University of San Diego's Hahn School of Nursing building, 2PM to 4PM, room 106 (see map here) Upcoming Intensives: ***February 16, 2019: Writing Non-Fiction and Biographies Intensive Only on This Extra Day (Regular Chapter Meeting February 9, 2019) – Speaker, Helaine Becker - Registration is open, click here for more info. March 9, 2019: Editor Intensive: The Body Electric: Breathing Life into Your CharactersSpeaker, Katherine Jacobs, Senior Editor Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group - Registration opens January 13, 2019, click here for more info. April 13, 2019: Illustrator Intensive - With Maria T. Middleton. Registration is open-click here for more info. October 11, 2019: PB Text Intensive - With Melissa Manlove. Registration is open-click here for more info.

Writing for Children Class to begin October 27, 2018 from Noon to 2:00 in room 108. Register at:

Illustrator Meet-up on Third Thursday (7-9:30 pm) at USD  - Next Schmooze will be on January 17, 2018, Room 108. For Questions or to RSVP:   (For more info click here.)

Submission Game – To encourage everyone to (BIC) and submit their work, we have created a Bingo game that  runs through May 11, 2019.  Click here for the Bingo Card.

Here are the rules: 1) One rejection letter/email per box. 2) Rejections must be received after September 8, 2018. 3) Write the name of the editor/agent and date in the box. 4) When you have a Bingo, bring the Rejection Bingo Card to a chapter meeting to win a prize.


 San Diego Authors and Illustrators and Their Books