Chapter Events

Monthly Chapter Meetings

When: Meetings are held on the first Monday night of each month (first Tuesday if first Monday is a holiday), 7-9 pm. Fiction, Nonfiction and Illustration critique groups meet from 6-7pm.

What: All regular monthly meetings are open to all at no cost or obligation. To suggest speakers or topics and/or to be added to our monthly meeting reminder e-mail list, contact Program Coordinator via our Contact Us page.

Where: The meetings are held at the Tracy Gee community center, located at 3599 Westcenter Dr, Houston, TX 77042-5213



   Special events

April 15 – Like I Care, a novel comprehensive with Lori Oberweger

April 18 –  Webinar: Beyond the Query Letter with agent Carrie Howland


SCBWI 2017 Programs

Program Chair – Aileen Kirkham;  Co-Chair – Pat Miller

Jan. 9Writing the Middle Grade Novel: The Good, the Bad, and the Deadline of Doom

Jennifer Hamburg, author of Hazy Bloom and the Tomorrow Power-  

Feb. 6Mentor Texts: Never Write Alone Again

            Pat Miller, author of The Hole Story… – 

Mar. 6Taking Advantage of the Nonfiction Market

Wendy Lanier –

April 3 Focus on Illustrators:   A Road Less Traveled: Illustrations in Motion

Bruce Foster-           

May 1 – Nuts & Bolts of Marketability & The Paper Trail: Networking, Timelines,

Invoices, Contracts, & Insurance

            Aileen Kirkham –

June 5Fracturing Folk & Fairy Tales – A Writing Workshop

            Aileen Kirkham –

July 10Writing & Submitting a Book Series

Dotti Enderle –

Aug 7National SCBWI Recap – A Panel Discussion

Sept. 5 – Best of Books –Early Childhood through Teens

             Cathy Berner –

Dec. 2016   Houston Chronicle announced Cathy as one of the winners of the James Patterson Award for her strong support and work in an Indie (Independent Book Stores)

Oct. 2Go For It! Grants, Awards, Residencies and Other Things you Thought were for Other Writers.

            Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail –

Nov. 6Houston SCBWI Conference Recap – Panel Discussion

Dec. 4Holiday Party – Potluck, Booktalks & Sales

Wish List of Topics for 2018                       

·      How-Tos of Self-Publishing                                                            

·      How-Tos of Doing School Visits & Book Sales