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

2017-2018 Season Topics


April 14 – Behind the Desk of an Art Director with Laurent Linn

As both an accomplished author and illustrator, Laurent Linn will
share his insight into the book publishing imprint of Simon & Schuster
Books for Young Readers where he works on picture books, MG and YA.


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