Chapter Meetings

We meet the second Saturday of the month from September through May at the University of San Diego.

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. 

Our monthly meetings feature a speaker on either the craft or the business of writing/illustrating and have time for chapter business, member announcements and networking. Some of our speakers are local; others are brought in from out of town. Every meeting is planned to further the development of our members’ careers. Suggestions of topics and speakers are always welcome.

Hahn School of Nursing, University of San Diego   click here for directions

2:00 to 4:00 PM

2017-2018 Season Topics


Dec 10 – Debut Authors and Illustrators Panel and Annual Member Book/Art Sale


Each December we highlight the journey of newly published chapter members and offer books and art by chapter members for that special someone on your gift list. This year we will be highlighting debut authors: Danielle Mages Amato, Nikki Katz, Michael Mahin, and Andrea Zuill.


Danielle Mages Amato Danielle Mages Amato works for The Old Globe theatre. When she’s not collaborating with playwrights on new work or researching obscure facts about theatre history, she writes YA novels about the places where the past and present collide. Her debut novel, The Hidden Memory of Objects was published by Balzer+Bray/HarperColins in March 2017.

 Nikki Katz is a managing editor and ex-rocket scientist living in sunny San Diego with her three children. With a BS in aerospace engineering, Nikki first put her writing skills to use publishing four nonfiction books in the puzzle and game genre. She moved on to writing young adult fiction, her favorite activity. Her debut novel is The Midnight Dance.

Michael Mahin Michael Mahin is a children’s author, aspiring screenwriter, and self-confessed wannabe rockstar. He recently signed his first option for an original screenplay he wrote, and his debut picture book, Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters (Atheneum), was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2017. Michael blogs about the craft of writing and dreaming big at and can be found on Twitter at @MahinWriter.


 Andrea Zuill is a writer/illustrator of children’s books. In 2006 she started creating prints of funny and whimsical characters which led to her start in children’s books. Andrea’s debut book, Wolf Camp (Schwartz & Wade) was released in May 2016. Next came Dance is for Everyone (Sterling).  She has three more books coming out Marigold & Daisy (Sterling) in Spring 2018, Business Pig (Sterling) in Fall 2018 and Sweety (Schwartz & Wade) in 2019.


Annual Art and Book Sale

Once again we’ll be holding our annual sale with art and books from chapter authors and illustrators. It’s the perfect time to get a personally inscribed book for friends and loved ones. Author and Illustrators wishing to participate, please bring your books and art to the Hahn School of Nursing at the University of San Diego by 1:15 p.m. (Please note you must be a member of SCBWI International.) We will be setting up in room 108. Be sure to bring a list of your work and price (with tax included) rounded to the nearest dollar for each item. Please plan to stay for the entire sale (around 4:45p.m.) so you can autograph books. RSVP’s would be appreciated to


If you are a PAL member or self-published and interested in sharing your books or art please click here for more information.


Jan. 13, 2018: Premise, Promise and Purpose with Cheryl Klein, editorial director Lee & Low Books.

Feb. 10, 2018:  An Author/Illustrator Perspective with Salina Yoon award-winning author/illustrator and book designer.

Mar 10, 2018: Interpreting Editor and Agent Speak with Stefanie Von Borstel and Taylor Martindale Kean literary agents with Full Circle Literary.

April 14, 2018: Illustrator Intensive with Art Director and published YA author Lauren Linn. Note: Registration for the mentorship and intensive will begin Oct 14, 2017.  Deadline to register for the mentorship is Nov 30, 2017. Deadline to register for the Intensive is April 13, 2018.

May 12, 2018: MayFest 2018 – We will be ending the 2017-18 Season with a very special chapter meeting. We will be holding focused workshop sessions from 2-4 p.m. followed by Meet and Mingle networking with local editors and agents and fellow chapter members from 4-5 p.m.


November 11: Visual Storytelling – with award-winning cartoonist, author and illustrator Eric Shanower. More more info available here


January 13:  Vocal Exercises: Developing and Refining Your Voice – with Cheryl Klein, editorial director at Lee & Low Books. More Info available here


February 10:  A New Approach to Writing Stories – with award-winning author/illustrator Salina Yoon. More more info available here


March 10:  The Heart of Middle Grade – with Literary Agents Stefanie Von Borstel and Taylor Martindale Kean with Full Circle Literary. More more info available here


April 14:  Illustrator Intensive – with Art Director Laurent Linn at Simon and Schuster. More more info available here