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. Our new venue is: UCSD Extension, in room 116, at 6256 Greenwich Dr., San Diego, CA 92122. To see a map to new venue click here.

Meetings are open to SCBWI members and nonmembers – Cost: $10 for SCBWI members, $15 for nonmembers. Season Tickets – $60 for SCBWI Int’l Members, and $90 for Non-Members, 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 print it and fill it out at home to bring it with you, this will speed up registration. Thanks! You can print the sign in sheet here.

San Diego SCBWI Refund Policy: For all events: Refunds will be decided on a case by case basis. Any refund will be minus PayPal fees and any other expenses (Ex: Critiques already submitted to critiquer.) No refunds will be given 2 weeks before the event.

2019-20120 Season Topics for Chapter Meetings from 2:00pm to 4:0pm

September 14th – What’s Hot in Kidlit with Deborah Halverson

October 12th – PB Intensive 9:00 to Noon, and PB’s meeting 2:00 to 4:00 pm with Chronicle Editor with Melissa Manlove

November 2nd (Note this is the first Saturday of the month, not the second) – Diversity Panel with Patricia Buckley, Lori Mitchell, Marcia Berneger, CB Lee and Mara Price.

December 14th – Lessons Learned with debut authors Meeg Pincus, Chris Baron and Julie Hampton. Plus the annual Member Book & Illustration Sale.

January 11th – How to Revise Your Way to an Agent with Jennifer March Soloway and Michael Mahin

February 8th – Writing Across the Genres with Sarah Tomp

March 14th – Middle Grade Novels with Sarah McCabe

April 11th – Picture Books with Lauren Rille


May 9th – One Day Conference: MayFest – Main room workshops/speakers and Critiques all day long, as well as a chapter social.  Pricing TBA


Intensives and Mentorships
January 11, 2020 – How to Get an Agent Intensive (topic subject to change) with Kelly Sonnack, agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
March 14, 2020 – MG/YA Intensive and Mentorship with Sarah McCabe, associate editor at Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.
April 11, 2020 – Illustrator Intensive and Mentorship with Art Director Laruen Rille, Art Director at Simon & Schuster
October 2019 – May 2020: Writing for Children Mentorship Class with Co-RA Patricia Morris Buckley – Classes are held from Noon to 1:45 prior to Chapter Meetings.  For more info and to Register click here.


Illustrator Schmooze On third Thursday of month: Venue and dates TBA



Prior to Chapter Meeting Critique Groups May meet from Noon to 1:45 PM if we have a location available, for Picture Book contact TBA, and for all other critique groups contact Gigi Orlowski



Oscar Symposium for 2020 TBA

The San Diego Chapter will once again be 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 2020 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. To purchase tickets click here.