Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

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


  Houston SCBWI 2020 Programs

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

Jan. 6 – The Top Favorite Professional Resources for Writers & Illustrators
Panel Discussion: Caroline Leech, Lynne, Varsha & More

Feb. 3 – The Illustrated Biography of an Illustrator & Muralist, Too
Bill Ferguson, Illustrator & Muralist –

Mar. 2 – The A-Zs of Writing Children’s Stories for TV & Picture Books
Jennifer Hamburg –

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Through an abundance of caution due to the coronavirus pandemic, this meeting has been changed from an in-person meeting to an ONLINE Zoom meeting. See calendar on home page for instructions. 

April 6 – Using the Uncanny: Creating Horror that Packs a Punch   Kathleen Bagley writing under the pen name of Kate Pentecost –

May 4 – Back Matter Matters
Pat Miller –

June 1 – First Pages – Panel Review
Authors get informal critiques prior to the upcoming submission deadline for First Pages for Sept. conference

July 6 – Layer Cake, Samantha Clark

Aug 10 – Recap of National’s Summer Spectacular Virtual Conference

Sept. 8 (Tuesday)– Alda Dobbs

Oct. 5– Cancelled due to close proximity of Houston conference

Nov. 2 – How to Write the Best Dialogue
Lane Riosley –

Dec. 7 – Lynne Kelly  Like a Bridge over Mushy Middles.

Jan 4, 2021:  Nikki Lofton