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


Feb. 10, 2018:  An Author/Illustrator Perspective with Salina Yoon award-winning author/illustrator and book designer.  Salina will discuss common author and illustrator issues including: what makes a compelling character, how to create art and text that complement each other, and the use of color, composition, and perspective as effective tools in storytelling. This session will be of interest to both author and illustrators and especially author/illustrators as Salina looks at creating characters and stories from both sides of the puzzle.

Bio: Salina Yoon is the award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator of over 160 books for children, with over 3.5 million books sold worldwide, ranging in novelty board books, early readers, and picture books with Penguin, Scholastic, Random House, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and many more. She was the featured author for the 2016 Kohl’s Cares Summer Campaign, and her awards include the Award for Excellence in a Picture Book for FOUND, the New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award for PENGUIN AND PINECONE, Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award for DUCK DUCK PORCUPINE, and many more. You can read more about Salina and her books at:


Mar 10, 2018: Interpreting Editor and Agent Speak with Stefanie Von Borstel and Taylor Martindale Kean literary agents with Full Circle Literary.

April 14, 2018: Illustrator Intensive with Art Director and published YA author Lauren Linn. Note: Registration for the mentorship and intensive will begin Oct 14, 2017.  Deadline to register for the mentorship is Nov 30, 2017. Deadline to register for the Intensive is April 13, 2018.

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