Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Chapter Meetings and Additional Events

International and U.S. Policies for Minimizing Covid Risk during SCBWI Region

1. International Regions Policy: International regions are required to comply
with local regulations.

2. U.S. Regions are required to comply with the following policy:

To minimize the risk of Covid-19 at all SCBWI in-person events with more than 25
attendees, event organizers are required to implement the following attendance
• Require attendees to submit proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative PCR
test taken no earlier than three days prior to the event, as a condition of

At any SCBWI in-person event, regardless of the number of attendees, organizers
must offer each attendee a free disposable mask, provide hand sanitizing stations
throughout the event area, and post this policy in its entirety in areas visible to

Comments regarding this policy should be directed to SCBWI headquarters by
emailing Include your name and contact information in
order to receive a response.

(The above U.S. regions policy in its entirety should be included in U.S. regions’ event materials
and copies posted/made available at the event.)


The San Diego Regional Team is working to create another amazing lineup of authors, illustrators, agents and editors. In order to keep everyone safe during the COVID pandemic, September – May 2022 San Diego events will be held in Zoom meetings. We’ve added a thirty minute “Chapter Meeting Chat” at the end of each meeting, where attendees will be able to socialize in small virtual groups. Additionally, chapter meetings will be recorded and available to attendees and all Season Ticket holders for fourteen days after each event.

We are hoping to start back with In-person meetings that will also be Live-streamed beginning with our December 10, 2022 Chapter Meeting. More info about this soon.


Chapter Meetings Schedule 2021–22 (Pacific Time):

2-2:20 p.m. Announcements and Member News

2:20-3:45 p.m. Craft Talk by Guest Speaker

3:45-4:00 p.m. Questions

4:10-4:30 p.m. On-line Chapter Meeting Chat 


IMPORTANT Information:  We meet the second Saturday of the month from September through April and in May for MayFest Day-long Conference. Those who register and pay on-line will receive the Zoom invite by email no later than the Friday evening before the meeting. Registration for each event closes the Friday evening prior to that meeting so we are assured of getting the Zoom invite to attendees on time. SCBWI members please verify your correct email is on record with SCBWI to facilitate your receiving your invite. Any issues please contact us at or

Meetings are open to SCBWI members and nonmembersChapter meeting cost: $10 for SCBWI members, $15 for nonmembers. Season Tickets – $50 for SCBWI Int’l Members, and $75 for Non-Members (reduced pricing for this season) are available from August 14th through November 30th. Season Tickets provide admission to all chapter meetings, discounted pricing for intensives, conferences and workshops and access to chapter meeting recording whether they were able to attend or not. If you are a SCBWI member facing financial hardship due to Covid, please contact us at sandiego@scbwi.orgWe will be offering a free meeting, one time per person.

We will not be asking everyone to fill out the beginning-of-the-year form this season so please be sure SCBWI has your correct email as that is the email that will show when you register and so it will be what we use to send the Zoom Invites, notifications and reminders. Non-members email will show as the email you use when you register for an event. Add our chapter ARA’s email to your contacts list to avoid meeting links being sent to your Spam or Junk file,

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.  For more on our refund policy click here.

2021-20122 Season Topics for Chapter Meetings from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (the first 20 – 30 minutes is member news and announcements, speaker will begin their presentation between 2:20 and 2:30 p.m., Q&A 3:45 to 4:00 p.m. and, after the meeting, Chapter Meeting Chat from 4-4:30 p.m. as a separate Zoom meeting. 

Registration for September – December Zoom Chapter Meetings will open as of 8/31/21.  January – April 2022 Chapter Meetings may be in-person, and possibly also live- streamed and the registration for those will be announced as venue(s) are determined. To register for a particular meeting: Go to My Region page, find the meeting (month and day) you’re interested in on the calendar and then click on that date.

September 11thHow to Find the Right Editor for Your Book with Deborah Halverson

October 9thWhat’s Plot Got to Do With It? Bringing Together Voice, Character, and Plot in Revision with Meghan Maria McCullough, associate editor, Levine Querido – For more info and to register click here

November 13thHow to Hook an Agent: Fishing for the Perfect Match, with Paige Terlip, agent, Andrea Brown Literary – For more info and to register click here

January 8th 2022Nurturing the Editor – Author Relationship, with Jeannette Larson, editor and Kathy Bostrom, author – For more info and to register click here

December 11th – Lessons Learned: Speakers TBA – 8/31/21 Registration is not yet open for this meeting. For more info and to register click here

February 5th (First Saturday – (Changed due to Winter Conference will be on the second Saturday)Diversity Panel – Speakers Lee Wind, Jessica Kim and Ernesto Cisneros. For more info and to register click here

March 12thPicture Books, with Minh Le, award wining author – For more info and to register click here

April 9th – Novels in Verse, with Chris Baron, award wining author  – For more info and to register click here


MayFest Conference is on May 14, 2022  UPDATE, PLEASE READ: Season Ticket Holders WILL NOT need to pay to register for MayFest this year, BUT if you wish to submit material for any of the workshops there will be a minimal fee to be set soon. Registration will re-open Sunday, Feb. 27th at 7:00 PM.

Intensives and Mentorships (9 am – Noon Pacific Time) Registration Info on our chapter Home Page on the Calendar Date of event.
 November 13th – Revision Tips to Push Your Manuscript to the Next Level with Paige Terlip, agent, Andrea Brown Literary. To register click here.

March 12, 2022 – Picture Book Intensive (on-line only.) with Adam Rex, award winning author. To register click here.

Author Mentorship Sept. 2021 – Jan. 2022 with Heather Cashman, agent, Storm Literary Agency
Illustrator Mentorship Oct. 2021 – April 2022 with Dan Yaccarino, author/illustrator

 Writing for Children 101 class runs October 2021 – April 2022: with Co-RA Patricia Morris Buckley 

If you’ve ever dreamed of writing a children’s book, but don’t know quite where to begin, our class “Writing for Children 101” may be perfect for you.

This class meets before every chapter meeting from noon-2 p.m., October through April. It covers plotting, dialogue and characters, as well as finding an agent,

writing a query and/or cover letter and finding the right publisher. Also included are monthly critiques of students’ work. By the end of the class, participants

should have a work ready to send out. Cost $50.00 for members and $60.00 for nonmembers. It is strongly recommended that students also purchase a

Season Ticket as the meetings serve as classes. Register for the class opens Sept. 11th click here. Register for a Season Ticket click here.

Illustrator Schmooze On third Thursday of month: For more information on Venue and dates click here.

Special In-person Illustrator Event: The results of the survey said most people wanted Friday, May 20 for our zoo trip. The zoo just approved the day. As usual, please email Co-IC Lisa Karmel if you are wanting to attend.

Mark your calendars!! We will meet up in front of the zoo Friday, May 20th, between 9:15 and 9:30 am. We have to enter together so please be on time. I will send more info closer to the time.

Prior to Chapter Meeting Critique Groups May meet from Noon to 1:45 PM if we have a location available, for Picture Book contact Kate Allen Fox  and for MG/YA critique groups contact Gigi Orlowski at

Chapter Social Events 

 Our next social, hosted by Denise Harbison, will be a series of events she’s calling THE GREAT SAN DIEGO SCBWI LIBRARY CRAWL. Our next Library Crawl will be:

Saturday, April 30th, 2:00-4:00 at Point Loma Library. (They have a pirate ship in the children’s room!)

The meetup will start with a socialization time outside the library for an hour of chatting, then “silent meetup” for the 2nd hour (where we walk through the children’s section without talking and read books inside. The plan is to each month visit a different San Diego area/county library that has an exceptional library. For the links and more info click here, and watch for more info in the monthly chapter newsletter and on our Facebook page.

Oscar Symposium for 2022 TBA

As of now we do not know if the Oscar Symposium will be open or even happening for 2022. If it is going to be open, we will endeavor to obtain tickets. Watch here for updates. In the past, 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 2022 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 once they are available for 2021.