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


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Nov. 11 - Comics and Graphic Novels with NY Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator Eric Shanower

What is the medium of comics? Where did it come from? What’s the difference between a comic book and a graphic novel? How do you create comics for publication? Interested in comics but don’t know where to start? Award-winning cartoonist Eric Shanower will answer these questions and more at the November chapter meeting.

Comics and graphic novels are still a growing phenomenon in today’s publishing world. Children’s book editors and agents are increasingly seeking graphic novel projects. Come get an inside view from someone who’s been in the comics business for more than thirty years.

Eric Shanower is the award-winning cartoonist of the graphic novel series Age of Bronze (Image Comics), retelling the story of the Trojan War. With cartoonist Skottie Young, he adapted six of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books to a series of New York Times best-selling graphic novels (Marvel Comics). He wrote the Eisner Award-winning comics series Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland (IDW) with art by Gabriel Rodriguez, based on the classic comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland by Winsor McCay. Shanower’s past comics work includes his own Oz graphic novel series, available as Adventures in Oz (IDW), the story “Happily Ever After” included in the Lambda Literary Award finalist How Beautiful the Ordinary (HarperCollins), and art for An Accidental Death by Ed Brubaker (Fantagaphics Books), The Elsewhere Prince by Moebius and R-JM Lofficier (Marvel), and Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor (Dark Horse Comics). In 1994 he co-founded—and through 2002 was co-publisher of—Hungry Tiger Press, which specializes in books and cds reprinting and continuing the works of Oz-creator L. Frank Baum. Shanower has illustrated for television, magazines, and children's books, two of which he wrote himself. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his partner, David Maxine.


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

Debut Authors and Illustrators Panel with Danielle Mages Amato, author of the young adult novel The Hidden Memory of Objects; Nikki Katz, author of young adult novel The Midnight Dance;  Michael Mahin author of nonfiction picture book Muddy: The Blues Legend Muddy Waters; and Andrea Zuill, illustrator and author of the picture book Wolf Camp. All four will be sharing their lessons learned along to way to becoming published.

Also in December – our Annual Sale of Chapter Member Books and Illustrations. Come get the perfect gift and have it inscribed for your loved ones.

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: TBA 


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


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