Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

March 2017 The Next Level

Date(s) - 03/18/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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





What, Where and When: Ready to bring your writing and illustration skills to The Next Level? Whether you're plotting a novel or perfecting a picture book, SCBWI Oregon’s professional series will give you tools to advance your career.  

Join us on the third Saturday of each month at Tabor Space on 5441 SE Belmont. We will meet in The Annex for all events this year. Doors open at 2:00 pm, and speakers start at 2:15. The series continues through April 2017—but each talk is different, so don’t miss out!

Time:   Doors open at 2:00; Session: 2:15 pm-4pm     

ATTENTION from TaborSpace management:  Parking has become a concern for our neighbors. Please park in the TaborSpace parking lot on SE 54th.  If the lot is full, be very considerate of neighbors' driveways when parking on the street.

Fees: Fees pay for the room rental and speaker honorariums. You have three options to register for this event:

1. Preregister – $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers by March 16th.
3. Register at the door – pay $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers.

TOPIC: Illustrating a picture book

Curious about what to expect when you land your first picture book contract?! Kate and Debbie will share the process of illustrating a book from the first email of an editor expressing interest to the very last step of approving color proofs. Most publishing houses follow the same general conventions around how a picture book is produced. They will share those basic steps. 

Although the basic steps are the same, every publishing house, editor and artist will have slightly different systems for doing things. So, Kate and Debbie will also each share their own unique methods and experiences. They will describe how they: decide whether to agree to the job, develop characters, determine page breakdown, create sketches, handle editing and art direction, create final art samples, survive the long hours of painting final art, conceive of the book cover design, and deliver art. Kate will also share a bit about how the things differ when one is both the author and the illustrator.


march-Deborah Hocking Head Shot Deborah Hocking illustrated her debut picture book, Build, Beaver Build, (Lerner), written by Sandra Markle, in 2016. Her second book, The Great Henry Hopendower, (Putnam), written by Justin Roberts, will be published in 2017, and she is currently illustrating a three-book series by Stacy McAnulty, also with Putnam. Deborah lives in Portland, Oregon.

march-Kate Berube - Headshot2Kate Berube is an author and illustrator. Her debut picturebook Hannah and Sugar, came out in 2016 (Abrams.) She illustrated The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read, by Curtis Manley, which also came out in 2016 (Simon & Schuster.) She's currently working on a second self-authored picturebook for Abrams and illustrating books for both Putnam Books and Knopf. She lives in Portland, Oregon.



Questions? Contact Kelly Garrett—The Next Level Coordinator—