Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Get Ready, Get Set, Go!

Date(s) - 03/07/2015
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

TaborSpace, The Annex
5441 SE Belmont St. - Portland, OR 97215

Get Ready, Get Set, Go!

9 to 9:40To the Conference (free, but please pre-register beginning January 1st)

Scared about your first conference and/or your first professional critique? Never fear! SCBWI Oregon is here to help. New Member Liaison Bonni Goldberg will share what to expect from an SCBWI conference–from how to choose which day to attend (including sessions), proper critique etiquette (yes, this does exist), and how NOT to approach an editor/agent/art director in the bathroom with your manuscript/illustrations (seriously), to where the coffee is located (essential during a conference!).

There will be a time of Q&A with Bonni, plus our Illustrator Coordinator Barb Herkert and one of our Co-RAs, Sue Ford. No question is too stupid!

After this brief workshop, you’ll be Ready, Set, Go for the conference.

Come join us! It's free to members and nonmembers alike.




9:45 – Check-in

10:00 to12:00 – Introduction to Writing for Children

This workshop begins with setting writing goals and planning how to carry them out. We’ll discuss the actual writing, marketing, and publication process that is held together by author persistence.  Specific quirks of the children’s book audience will follow plus an exploration of the genres of children’s books.

The workshop will allow for hands on time to “show not tell” and to work on dialogue techniques. (Bring something to write with!) In addition, questions to typical concerns such as “how do I find an illustrator?,” “is my manuscript ready?,” and “won’t a publisher steal my idea?” will be covered. Before concluding with a time of question and answers, we’ll consider dummies and storyboards.

There will be lots of handouts!

SpeakerSue Ford

Sue Ford 7-29-14 by Valerie Parrish


Sue writes for children under her maiden name, Susan Uhlig. Recent projects were three picture books: BELLING THE CAT, THE FOX AND THE CRANE, and MY SHADOW for Unibooks (Korea) for their English as a foreign language program and seven readers for Compass Media (Korea). Her picture book, THINGS LITTLE KIDS NEED TO KNOW, was chosen as a 2000 Read, America! Collection Selection. She's also sold over 160 magazine pieces for children and adults. Currently, she's working on a middle grade novel and a picture book. Go to Sue’s website,, for writing resources. She’s also on Twitter @susanuhlig.



Fees – includes all the handouts!

Members – $12.00

Nomembers – $17.00

Registration opens: January 1st.

Must Register by March 4th. No refunds after March 1st.

If you want to attend both events, please don't forget to sign up for both. We want to have enough seats!

Questions? Contact Sue Ford at

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