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 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. 

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!

New Seating System (This Includes Season Ticket Holders)
To meet the growing pains of our chapter, we have instituted a new seating plan.
1) At registration you will receive a neon index card, which guarantees you a seat in the main room (106). Once the cards run out, additional attendees get a white card, which admits them to the overflow room (108). Using Zoom, the meeting will be projected on the screen.
2) Those arriving early, please wit until 1:30 pm to check-in, get a card and pick a seat.
3) Please enter through the main door rather than entering through the side doors at the front of room 106.
4) If you have specific seating needs, please email

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

2018-2019 Season Topics

December 8, 2018: Lessons Learned with Debut Authors & Member Book and Art Sale – Speakers, Demetra Brodsky, debut author of YA novel, Dive Smack and Tara Gilboy, debut author of MG novel, Unwritten

January 12, 2019: Writing Chapter Books – Speaker, Marcie Colleen, Super Happy Party Bears

February 9, 2019 – Inspiration for Authors and Illustrators – Speaker, Judy Reeves, A Writer’s Book of Days.  There will be an Intensive with Helaine Becker on Non-fiction and Biographies later this month on February 16th, registration will open Sunday, December 9th by 7:00PM

March 9, 2019: Editor Intensive:  The Body Electric: Breathing Life into Your Characters and Chapter Meeting: How to Catch an Editor’s Eye  – Speaker, Katherine Jacobs, Senior Editor Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.  Registration will open Sunday, March 13th by 7:00PM

April 13, 2019: Illustrator Intensive: Drawing on Discovery and Chapter Meeting The Dance Between Art and Text – with Art Director, Maria T Middleton

May 11, 2019: Mayfest – In-person Critiques, Break Out Sessions, and Headshots

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.
Illustrator Intensive registration opened on November 6, 2018.  Intensive registration will remain open until April 12, 2019.  Mentorship is Full, waitlist is available
Picture Book Author Intensive registration opened on November 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM and will remain open until October 11th.  Mentorship and Waitlist is Full 
Editor Intensive – The Body Electric: Breathing Life into Your Characters registration opens January 13, 2019 by 7:00PM.
**February 16, 2019: Intensive: Writing Non-Fiction and Biographies with Helaine Becker – **Please note this is a separate date from our regular chapter meeting.
 March 9, 2019: Editor Intensive: The Body Electric: Breathing Life into Your Characters – Speaker, Katherine Jacobs, Senior Editor Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
April 13, 2019: Illustrator Intensive and Optional Mentorship (Mentorship is Now Full, waitlist available) – Drawing on Discovery with Art Director, Maria T. Middleton

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 2018 – May 2019: Writing for Children Class with Co-RA Patricia Morris Buckley – Class held in room 108, from Noon to 1:45 prior to Chapter Meetings.  Register at:


Illustrator Schmooze USD room 108 – On third Thursday of month, except for December:

October 18th, November 15th, December 13th (second Thursday), January 17th, February 21st, March 21st, April 18th and May 16th.


Prior to Chapter Meeting Critique Groups Meet from Noon to 1:45 PM, 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.


Kadir Nelson Exhibit November 17th at 2PM at the San Diego History Center, Casa De Balboa, Balboa Park 1649 El Prado, Suite #3, San Diego, CA 92101.


Oscar Symposium is Set for Feb. 23, 2019

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 13, 2019 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.