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


*** Venue Change for Meeting, Critique Groups, Schmoozes and Writing for Children Class TBA

February 9, 2019 Inspiration for Authors and Illustrators - with award-winning author, Judy Reeves. Sometimes in the midst of the work and the world, we forget that we are assigned to be the makers of stories and pictures, creators of magic. Let’s spend some time together remembering what we do and why we do it and most of all, why it matters.

For more info click here  We will NOT be meeting in the Hahn School of Nursing any longer. We are in negotiations with USD for a new meeting room.  (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.

Illustrator Meet-up on Third Thursday (7-9:30 pm)  - Next Schmooze TBA once a new venue has been found. 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