Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Intensives and Mentorships

Date(s) - 09/11/2021 - 05/14/2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

All Intensives and Mentorships for 2021/2022 Season will be announced here closer to September 2021.

DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS AND ITS AFFECTS ON TRAVEL, September 2021 – December 2021 will be Webinars. We hope to start In-person with Live-streaming events in January 2022. The in-person location as yet to be confirmed, watch our Home Page for updates.

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 2021/2022 Season we hope to have two mentorships (one for Illustrators and one for Writers.)

Intensive pricing: SCBWI Member with a Season Ticket TBA; Member without a Season Ticket TBA; Non-member with a Season Ticket TBA and Non-member without a Season Ticket TBA. 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 TBA.  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 2021 through April 2022 Season

Nov 13th Intensive – 9 a.m. to Noon Pacific Time (Prior to chapter meeting) – Revision Tips to Push Your Manuscript to the Next Level with Paige Terlip, agent, Andrea Brown Literary – This will be a Zoom on-line event. To register for this intensive click here.

Mar 12, 2022 Intensive – 9 a.m. to Noon Pacific Time (On-line Only, Prior to chapter meeting) – Virtual Picture Book Intensive – with Adam Rex, NY Times best selling author/illustrator – This will be a Zoom on-line event.  Watch here for more info. To register for this intensive click here


Mentorships for September 2021 through April 2022 Season

Sept 2021 – January 2022 – Author Mentorship with Heather Cashman, agent, Storm Literary Agency – Sept 19 at 7 p.m.-Registration opens to San Diego Members only. Sept 22 at 7 p.m. – Registration opens to all SCBWI Members. For more info and to register click here

October 2021 – April 2022 – Illustrators Mentorship on Character Development with Dan Yaccarino, award winning illustrator, writer and producer – October 17 at 7 p.m.-Registration opens to San Diego Members only. October 20 at 7 p.m. Registration opens to all SCBWI Members. For more info and to register click here

For the first 3 days our mentorship registration will be open to ONLY San Diego chapter members, and then if any spaces are still available we will open to all SCBWI Int’l members. There is no cost to register until you are notified you are a Mentee, then you will be given a code to pay within 3 days via PayPal.

Any non-San Diego Chapter members who sign up before registration has been opened to all SCBWI Members will be removed and will need to re-register IF we have spaces available to offer to non-San Diego Chapter members.

MayFest Conference 2022 will be held on May 14th – Save the Date –  Registration opens TBA Pacific time for SCBWI members only and will open TBA Pacific Time for non-members. 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 Links will be opened once MayFest registration is opened.