Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Chapter Meetings and Additional Events

We meet the second Saturday of the month from September through May. We will no longer be meeting at USD. New venue for 2019/2020 Season TBA.

Meetings are open to SCBWI members and nonmembers. Cost: $9 for SCBWI members, $12 for nonmembers. Season Tickets are available from September through December. Season Tickets provide discounted admission to all meetings, conferences and workshops. 

We ask everyone to fill out the beginning-of-the-year form, even if you’ve already paid for the meeting online. If you have a chance to do so at home and bring it with you, this will speed up registration. Thanks!

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.

2019-20120 Season Topics TBA


Intensives and Mentorships
Another change in our chapter is a switch from snail mail mentorship/intensive registration to an online system utilizing electronic payment.  With only sixteen illustrator and sixteen picture book author mentorships available, registration will be on-line.
 Picture Book Author Intensive October 12, 2020 registration opened on November 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM and will remain open until October 11th.  Mentorship is Closed
 Our 2019 – 2020 season will start on September 14th, the speaker and our new venue TBA. Watch here for updated info for location and speaker schedule for next season.
Picture Book Mentorship and Waitlist are Full – with Melissa Manlove, Editor at Chronicle Books. PB Mentorship availability is limited, so will be on a first come, first serve basis. The participates Manuscripts will need to be in by November 30th, 2018 (no exceptions) and will be returned to you January 1st, 2019. You’ll send her your rewritten manuscripts by September 1, 2019. Participates are encouraged to form mini-critique groups.
**October 12, 2019: Picture Book Intensive – Melissa Manlove, Editor at Chronicle Books **Please note date of Intensive will be next season


October 2019 – May 2020: Writing for Children Class with Co-RA Patricia Morris Buckley – Class venue TBA, classes are held rom Noon to 1:45 prior to Chapter Meetings.  How to Register TBA


Illustrator Schmooze Venue TBA – On third Thursday of month:

Dates left for this season:  May 16th.


Prior to Chapter Meeting Critique Groups May meet from Noon to 1:45 PM if we have a location available, for Picture Book contact Kristen Yakubisin, and for all other critique groups contact Gigi Orlowski



Bingo Rejection Game – To encourage everyone to (BIC) and submit their work, we have created a Submission Bingo game that began September 8, 2018 and 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.


Oscar Symposium for 2020 TBA

The San Diego Chapter is once again 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 ( from Nov. 10-Dec. 1 and payments collected via PayPal. Tickets will be distributed at the February 2020 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.