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

MayFest May 11, 2019 registration is open , click here. April 13th Illustrator Intensive and Chapter Meeting will be held at USD in Warren Hall circled on map above. April 13, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to Noon: Illustrator Intensive with Art Director Maria T. Middleton, Random House Children's Books, will provide a behind the scenes look at illustrating books for children. This half-day workshop will provide a behind the scenes look at illustrating books for children.  Authors attending will gain insight into critical elements of the opening of a picture book and come away with a better understanding of what is needed for an illustrator to bring the story to life. Registration opened January 13, 2019, click here for more info. Chapter Meeting, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.: "Look Up! Using the outside world to discover your voice within."  She will give us a behind-the-scenes look into the daily life of an art director. Whether you are a writer or illustrator this chapter meeting gives insight into how an art director makes important decisions when crafting books ranging from picture books to YA to graphic novels.   MayFest May 11, 2019 has limited number of in-person critiques and Headshot openings. If you signed up for a critique and you receive confirmation you have a spot all material submitted for critique must be either: 1) Turned in at Chapter Meeting on April 13th at greeters table preferably prior to meeting from 1:30 to 2 pm  or  2) Emailed by midnight on April 9th to with subject line: Submission May 2019 In-Person Critique – Your full name (first and last name).  To print a copy of Critique Submission Cover Sheet you can download it from here. Headshot information will be sent, to those who registered for one, closer to MayFest.   Upcoming Intensives: October 11, 2019: PB Text Intensive - With Melissa Manlove. Registration is open-click here for more info.

Illustrator Meet-up on Third Thursday (7-9:30 pm)  - Next Schmooze will take place in North Park on March 21st. It will be a fun evening of creativity exercises. The address for the March Schmooze will be emailed to attendees, so be sure to RSVP. 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