The San Diego Regional Team is working to create another amazing lineup of authors, illustrators, agents and editors. In order to keep everyone safe during the COVID pandemic, September – December 2020 San Diego events will be held in Zoom meetings. We’ve added a thirty minute “Chapter Meeting Chat” at the end of each meeting, where attendees will be able to socialize in small virtual groups. Additionally, chapter meetings will be recorded and available to attendees and all Season Ticket holders for fourteen days after each event.
We are hoping to start back with In-person meetings that will also be Live-streamed beginning with our January 8, 2022 Chapter Meeting. More info about this soon.
Chapter Meetings Schedule 2021–22 (Pacific Time):
2-2:20 p.m. Announcements and Member News
2:20-3:45 p.m. Craft Talk by Guest Speaker
3:45-4:00 p.m. Questions
4:10-4:30 p.m. On-line Chapter Meeting Chat
IMPORTANT Information: We meet the second Saturday of the month from September through April and in May for MayFest Day-long Conference. Those who register and pay on-line will receive the Zoom invite by email no later than the Friday evening before the meeting. Registration for each event closes the Friday evening prior to that meeting so we are assured of getting the Zoom invite to attendees on time. SCBWI members please verify your correct email is on record with SCBWI to facilitate your receiving your invite. Any issues please contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meetings are open to SCBWI members and nonmembers – Chapter meeting cost: $10 for SCBWI members, $15 for nonmembers. Season Tickets – $50 for SCBWI Int’l Members, and $75 for Non-Members (reduced pricing for this season) are available from August 14th through November 30th. Season Tickets provide admission to all chapter meetings, discounted pricing for intensives, conferences and workshops and access to chapter meeting recording whether they were able to attend or not. If you are a SCBWI member facing financial hardship due to Covid, please contact us at email@example.com. We will be offering a free meeting, one time per person.
We will not be asking everyone to fill out the beginning-of-the-year form this season so please be sure SCBWI has your correct email as that is the email that will show when you register and so it will be what we use to send the Zoom Invites, notifications and reminders. Non-members email will show as the email you use when you register for an event. Add our chapter ARA’s email to your contacts list to avoid meeting links being sent to your Spam or Junk file, firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Diego SCBWI Refund Policy: For all events: Refunds will be decided on a case by case basis. Any refund will be minus PayPal fees and any other expenses (Ex: Critiques already submitted to critiquer.) No refunds will be given 2 weeks before the event. For more on our refund policy click here.
2021-20122 Season Topics for Chapter Meetings from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (the first 20 – 30 minutes is member news and announcements, speaker will begin their presentation between 2:20 and 2:30 p.m., Q&A 3:45 to 4:00 p.m. and, after the meeting, Chapter Meeting Chat from 4-4:30 p.m. as a separate Zoom meeting.
Registration for September – December Zoom Chapter Meetings will open as of 8/31/21. January – April 2022 Chapter Meetings may be in-person, and possibly also live- streamed and the registration for those will be announced as venue(s) are determined. To register for a particular meeting: Go to My Region page, find the meeting (month and day) you’re interested in on the calendar and then click on that date.
September 11th – How to Find the Right Editor for Your Book with Deborah Halverson
October 9th – What’s Plot Got to Do With It? Bringing Together Voice, Character, and Plot in Revision with Meghan Maria McCullough, associate editor, Levine Querido – For more info and to register click here
November 13th – How to Hook an Agent: Fishing for the Perfect Match, with Paige Terlip, agent, Andrea Brown Literary – For more info and to register click here
January 8th 2022 – Nurturing the Editor – Author Relationship, with Jeannette Larson, editor and Kathy Bostrom, author – For more info and to register click here
December 11th – Lessons Learned: Speakers TBA – 8/31/21 Registration is not yet open for this meeting. For more info and to register click here
February 5th (First Saturday – (Changed due to Winter Conference will be on the second Saturday) – Diversity Panel – Speakers TBA – 8/31/21 Registration is not yet open for this meeting. For more info and to register click here
March 12th – Picture Books, with Minh Le, award wining author – For more info and to register click here
April 9th – Novels in Verse, with Chris Baron, award wining author – For more info and to register click here
MayFest Conference is on May 14, 2022 – Format: Main room Keynote and Panels, Breakout workshops, Portfolio Showcase and Critiques, as well as a chapter social. Registration opens TBA at 7 p.m. Pacific Time for SCBWI members from all regions and will open Jan. TBA at 7 p.m. Pacific Time for non-members. For schedule, options and registration click TBA
March 12, 2022 – Picture Book Intensive (on-line only.) with Adam Rex, award winning author
If you’ve ever dreamed of writing a children’s book, but don’t know quite where to begin, our class “Writing for Children 101” may be perfect for you.
This class meets before every chapter meeting from noon-2 p.m., October through April. It covers plotting, dialogue and characters, as well as finding an agent,
writing a query and/or cover letter and finding the right publisher. Also included are monthly critiques of students’ work. By the end of the class, participants
should have a work ready to send out. Cost $50.00 for members and $60.00 for nonmembers. It is strongly recommended that students also purchase a
Illustrator Schmooze – On third Thursday of month: For more information on Venue and dates click here.
Prior to Chapter Meeting Critique Groups – May meet from Noon to 1:45 PM if we have a location available, for Picture Book contact Kate Allen Fox critiquePB.email@example.com and for MG/YA critique groups contact Gigi Orlowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chapter Social Events
First event TBA For the links and more info click here, and watch for info in the monthly chapter newsletter and on our Facebook page.
Oscar Symposium for 2022 TBA
As of now we do not know if the Oscar Symposium will be open or even happening for 2022. If it is going to be open, we will endeavor to obtain tickets. Watch here for updates. In the past, the San Diego Chapter will once again be getting tickets for the Oscar Symposium in Los Angeles. Special thanks to Arlene Bartle for organizing the SCBWI chapter’s visit to this event, where attendees will hear questions and answers from foreign film producers, makeup and special effects artists, and actors. Tickets are $10 (non-refundable) and include a morning Foreign Film from 10 am to noon, and an afternoon Hair, Makeup, and Special Effects symposium from 3-5pm. There is a two-hour break for lunch.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the San Diego SCBWI website (sandiego.scbwi.org) from Nov. 10-Dec. 1 and payments collected via PayPal. Tickets will be distributed at the February 2022 meeting from 1:30 to 2 pm and from 4-4:30 pm or via mail. Due to the special invitation for this event, tickets can’t be resold to the general public. To purchase tickets click here once they are available for 2021.