Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Intensives and Mentorships

Date(s) - 09/12/2020 - 04/10/2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS AND ITS AFFECTS ON TRAVEL, the speakers will not be able to fly to San Diego. All events will be done as Webinars.

Intensives offer a chance to work with an instructor in a group setting and really dive in and explore the topic of the intensive. The Intensives are in the planning stage and will be announced here as soon as they are formalized. For the 2020/2021 Season we hope to have two mentorships (one for Illustrators and one for PB.)

Intensive pricing: SCBWI Member with a Season Ticket $35; Member without a Season Ticket $40; Non-member with a Season Ticket $45 and Non-member without a Season Ticket $50. If you are a SCBWI member facing financial hardship due to Covid, please contact us at We will be offering a free Chapter Meeting, one time per person.

Another change in our chapter is a switch from snail mail mentorship/intensive registration to an online system utilizing electronic payment. With only sixteen illustrator and sixteen picture book author mentorships available , registration will be on-line on a first come, first served basis.

To see the chapters refund policy click here.

Registration for all the Intensives are open as of 8/31/20.  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.

Intensives Coming Up for September 2020 through April 2021 Season

Intensive – Nov. 14th, 9 a.m. – noon with Tiffany Liao, Senior Editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers – Straight Through the Heart: How to Make Readers Fall in Love With Your Characters.  Registration is closed – It was an awesome Intensive!

Intensive – If you register after 10:00 PM Pacific Time Friday, Jan. 8th, you will not receive the Zoom Link in time to attend live, but the Intensive  will be recorded and sent out by the following Tuesday and will be available for two weeks after.  Jan. 9, 2021, 9 a.m. – noon with Sylvie Frank, Senior Editor, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster – Plot, Page-Turns, and Pith: All About Picture Book Pacing. Materials you’ll need: 1) a copy of your PB manuscript; 2) 4 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 paper; 3) a stapler; 4) scissors; 5) a pencil. For more info and to register click here.

Intensive – March 13, 2021, 9 a.m. – noon with Peter Brown, New York Times Bestselling Author and Illustrator – Picture Books from the Inside Out. For more info and to register click here


Mentorships for September 2020 through April 2021 Season

Illustrator Mentorship with Amelia Mack, art director in the children’s group at Chronicle Books in San Francisco.  Registration for the mentorship waitlist is closed.  For info about the mentorship click here.

PB and MG Author Mentorship with Matt de la Pena, Newberry winning author and educator. The writing mentorship is now closed. Mentees will receive an email with additional information by midnight on Monday, September 28, 2020. For info on the mentorship, click here.

MayFest Conference will be the first Saturday in May rather than the second Saturday.  May 1:  Registration opens Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. Pacific time for SCBWI members only and will open Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. Pacific Time for non-members. May 1: MayFest Conference Schedule, Information and Registration click here and for the list of faculty Critique Preferences click here and for information on entering the Portfolio Showcase click here