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

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.)


All Intensives and Mentorships for 2022/2023 Season will be announced here as they are confirmed.

DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS AND ITS AFFECTS ON TRAVEL, September 2022 – May 2023 will be Webinars. We hope to start In-person with Live-streaming events in September 2023. 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 2022/2023 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 now.  To register for a particular meeting, intensive, or other event: 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 2022 through April 2023 Season

Intensives and Mentorships (9 am – Noon Pacific Time) Registration Info on our chapter Home Page on the Calendar Date of event.
November 19th (3rd Saturday) – Topic: The Five Principles of a Satisfying Picture Book with Cheryl Klein, Editorial Director, Algonquin Young Readers
To register for November Intensive, click here.
 March 11, 2023 (2nd Saturday)Topic: How to Plot a Graphic Novel with Mika Song, author/illustrator. For more info and to register for the March Intensive, click here.

Mentorships for September 2022 through April 2023 Season 

October 9, 2022 – April 27, 2023 – Illustrators Mentorship is Full for this year – Creating a Digital Dummy with Kristen Nobles, Art Director at Charlesbridge Publishing.  Registration for SD Members starts 10/9/22, and if any openings left by 10/12/22 registration will be open to all SCBWI members.


October 16, 2022 – March 31, 2023 – Author Mentorship is Full for this Year – with Alexander Slater, agent at Sanford J. Greenburger associates. Registration for SD Members starts 10/16/22, and if any openings left by 10/19/22 registration will be open to all SCBWI members.

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 2023 will be held on May 20th (Third Saturday) – Save the Date – 

5/18/23 7:00 PM (PT) MayFest Zoom Links will be sent to all who are registered as of this day and time.  If you have not received the MayFest link email, please check you SPAM/JUNK file before notifying Deb Snyder at

Later registrations will receive the links by 9:00 PM (PT) Friday evening.

Any registrations Friday 5/19/23 after 9:00 PM (PT) or on Saturday 5/20/23 WILL NOT receive the links to attend live, but you will receive the recording link on 5/23/23.