SCBWI

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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EVENTS CALENDAR
       

Upcoming Events

  MayFest will be May 1st from 9 - 5 p.m. (please note it is the first Saturday in May) Registration will open Sunday, Jan. 17th, at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time for SCBWI members only.  On Jan. 20th at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time registration will open for non-SCBWI members. For more information and to register click here AS OF FEB. 2nd, ALL MAYFEST CRITIQUE SLOTS ARE FULL. MayFest registration with its Keynote speaker Brian Lies, Editor Panel, Agent Panel, Workshops and the optional Portfolio Showcase are still open.
San Diego SCBWI Equity and Inclusion Grants results will be announced at our Feb. 13th chapter meeting.
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 firstPLEASE 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 sandiego-ara@scbwi.org 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.
Mar. 13th Chapter Meeting from 2 - 4 p.m. Pacific Time with Peter Brown, New York Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator on The Art of Creating for Children - This is a craft-focused talk about children’s literature based on Peter’s experience creating picture books and writing middle grade novels. He will discuss pacing, page turn, plot, character development, and audience engagement when making key design and text decisions. He’ll share inspiration and varying approaches he’s employed in his career. To register click here. **If you register for this meeting later than 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time Friday evening, Mar. 12th, you may not receive the Zoom link until Saturday, Mar. 13th, after 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time OR if you register after 1:15 p.m. Pacific Time on Sat. Mar. 13th you will not receive the link in time to attend live as all of the regional team will be attending the Chapter Meeting. The chapter meeting will be recorded and sent to everyone who has registered, and to all Season Ticket holders, so they can watch it for two weeks after the Chapter Meeting.
Upcoming Intensive: Mar. 13th - 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 1st from 9 - 5 p.m. (please note it is the first Saturday in May) Registration will open Sunday, Jan. 17th, at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time for SCBWI members only.  On Jan. 20th at 7:00 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 February SchmooZoom will take place on Thursday, Feb. 18th. 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 our next social hosted by Denise Harbison.  After a new social is announced you can get more details by clicking 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.                                              

 San Diego Authors and Illustrators and Their Books