Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

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

2018-2019 Season Topics


September 8, 2018: Catching an Editor or Agent’s Eye – Speaker TBA

October 13, 2018: Writing Across Genres – Speaker TBA

November 10, 2018: Writing and Illustrating Humor – Speaker, Bruce Hale, author of Big, Bad Baby series and more.

December 8, 2018: Lessons Lerned with Debur Authors & Member Book Sale – Demetra Brodsky, Dive Smack and Tara Gilboy, Unwritten

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

February 9, 2019: Inspiration for Authors and Illustrators – Judy Reeves, A Writer’s Book of Days

March 9, 2019: Editor Intensive  and Chapter Meeting – Melissa Manlove, editor at Chronicle Books

April 13, 2019: Illustrator Intensive and Chapter Meeting – Speaker TBA

May 11, 2019: Mayfest – Workshops and In-Person Critiques TBA


March 9, 2019: Picture Book Mentorship – Melissa Manlove, editor at Chronicle Books details TBA

April 13, 2019: Illustrator Mentorship – Speaker and details TBA