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 2018 Programs

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


Jan. 8 – Making the Most of an Illustrator’s Livelihood

Bruce Foster, Paper Engineer –

Feb. 5 – Turning Life Experiences into Books That Kids Want to Read

Sneed Collard III, award winning fiction & nonfiction author –

(visiting from Montana)

Mar. 5 – Presentation Skills for Authors & Illustrators

Caroline Leech, Author –

April 2 –Demons and Better Angels: Finding the Path to Our Truest Stories (and a Little Bit of Peace of Mind)

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, Author –

In this session, Danielle will share her breakdowns and breakthroughs, and offer some of the best wisdom and tools she’s discovered for getting past blocks and continuing to tell the stories that matter most to her. This will include the heartbreak of rejection and critique, dealing with mental health, and struggling with writing and researching stories outside her experience.

May 7 – Quelling Your Query Conundrums

Dread no more and tame the query beast during the Quelling Your Query Conundrums session with A.M. Rose. She will highlight the do’s and don’ts of querying so your submission will rise above the slush. A.M. will workshop willing participant’s queries to optimize the chance of an offer of representation.

 If your query could use a spit shine, send it in the body of an email to with “SCBWI Query Critique” in the subject line. Names will be withheld and all queries will remain anonymous.

 The first ten respondents will also get a free critique. (To be delivered after the conclusion of the conference.) Also, if you want the critique but do not want to be considered for the workshop please indicate that in your letter.

 A.M. Rose (known by her friends as Ann) writes YA, is the author of Road to Eugenica, is a member of SCBWI, YWARA, NJRW and is a RWA PRO member. She has worked as a literary agent intern for over the past years swimming her way through hundreds of query letters.

Ann Rose, Author –

June 4 – Learning, Creativity and Fear

Melissa Buron will discuss the latest research on learning and how to use that knowledge to increase your creativity and improve your craft.

July 9 – Blind Beginnings: A Game of First Pages

Bring up to 400 words of your first pages (printed out or on your phone or tablet).  We’ll read them and try to determine the genre. Then, for fun, we’ll guess where we think the storyline is headed. This is not a critique. The goal is to see how well your first two pages foreshadows the book’s genre.  There will be prizes for the winners and the authors, and lots of chocolate for all!

Dotti Enderle, Author –

Aug 6 – Best of Books: Early Childhood – Teen

Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Book Shop –

Sept. 4 – National SCBWI Conference Review – Panel Discussion by Attendees

Oct. 1 –Houston SCBWI Conference Recap – Panel Discussion by Attendees

Nov. 5Megan and Jorge Lacera         There’s More To The Story

Discover what illustrating and writing duo Jorge and Megan Lacera have learned from their careers in gaming, film and toys and how that knowledge influences their approach to Picture Books and Kidlit. Learn how to think about your book and beyond!

Dec. 3Holiday Party – Potluck, Games & Sales

Wish List of Topics for 2019

Writing from 2 Points of View – contact Christina Mandelski

Illustrators Program – Contact Bill Ferguson – and/or ask about his friend & animator, Ron Neal

How-Tos of Writing Series

How-Tos of Doing School Visits & Book Sales