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 EventsMayFest will be May 1 from 9 - 5 p.m. (please note it is the first Saturday in May) Registration will open Sunday, January 17, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time for SCBWI members only. On January 20th at 7:0 p.m. Pacific Time registration will open for non-SCBWI members. For more information and to register click here
San Diego SCBWI Equity and Inclusion Grants entry deadline is January 21, 2021 between 7 and 9 p.m. These grants are open to San Diego members only. For more information click here
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. Also, be sure your name showing on Zoom matches the name you registered with or you may be removed from the meeting until we can verify you are registered. Chapter Meeting links will be sent to All Season Ticket holders and everyone who registered, and paid, for the chapter meeting. Intensive links will be sent to everyone who registered, and paid for the Intensive. If you do not receive the link it is important to first - PLEASE check your Junk or Spam folder and any other email you use if you don't see it in your regular email (the Zoom link is sent out by Debbie in batches of 50 or more and some email servers may not let it through.) If you still don't find it, then contact Debbie Snyder email@example.com please put Missing Zoom Link in the subject line. Please check for the link prior to the event starting time as once it has begun the regional team are attending and will be unavailable to check their email. Please read the ** information below regarding registration cutoff times to receive the Zoom link in time to attend the event live.
February 13, 2021 Chapter Meeting from 2 - 4 p.m. Pacific Time with Cynthia Leitich-Smith, New York Times Best Selling Author on Writing Within & Across Identity Elements: Minding the Intersections - Each of us is made up of a myriad of identity elements—nationality, culture, gender, generation, region, religion, socio-economic class, race, body type, and so many more. Even if we draw on lived experience to inform us on the page, we will eventually encounter at least secondary characters or intersecting content beyond our own expertise. How do we navigate all that with sensitivity and respect without freezing up? How do we thoughtfully, responsibly and joyfully craft books for an ever-more-diverse community of young readers? Cynthia Leitich Smith will offer questions for us to consider and insights from her own writing journey. To register click here. **If you register for this meeting later than 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time Friday evening, Feb 12th, you may not receive the Zoom link until Saturday, Feb 13th, after 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time OR if you register after 1:45 P.M. Pacific Time you will not receive the link in time to attend live as all of the regional team will be attending the Intensive and then the Chapter Meeting, but it will be recorded and available to those registered to watch for two weeks after the Chapter Meeting.
Upcoming Intensive: March 13, 2021 - Intensive 9 a.m. - noon Pacific Time - Picture Books from the Inside Out, with Peter Brown, New York Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator. An intensive three-hour workshop aimed at children’s book writers and illustrators. Peter Brown will share developmental samples from over a decade of his experience creating award-winning and bestselling picture books. He’ll discuss his steps of art making, design and text decisions, dummy creation and presentation, and the publication process. **If you register for the Intensive later than 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time Friday evening, Mar 12th, you will not receive the Zoom link in time to see it live as all of the regional team will be attending the Intensive, but it will be recorded and available to those registered to watch for two weeks after the recording is emailed to you. 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.
MayFest will be May 1, 2021 from 9 - 5 p.m. (please note it is the first Saturday in May) Registration will open Sunday, January 17, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time for SCBWI members only. On January 20th at 7:0 p.m. Pacific Time registration will open for non-SCBWI members. For more information 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 January SchmooZoom will take place on Thursday, Jan. 21. We have been having really productive and fun meetings this year! Join us! Email me if you’d like to attend and I will send a Zoom link about 10 min before the meeting. 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. BOOK CLUB has been temporarily suspended. Watch here for future information. For more info and zoom links click here.
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.