Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Storytime – Picture Book Intensive – May 2019

Date(s) - 05/18/2019
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

TaborSpace, The Dining Room
5441 SE Belmont Street - Portland, OR 97215

A one-day event for writers and writer/illustrators of picture books.

This event is limited to 80 attendees. Cost is $80 Members/$110 Nonmembers through March 27, 2019; $90 Members/$120 Nonmembers after. Registration opens March 6, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Registration closes May 11, 2019. No refunds after May 4, 2019.* No refunds on consultations. 

Coffee and tea will be provided in the morning. Lunch will be a sandwich and salad buffet.

We will be offering a limited number of one-on-one consultations during the workshops. Manuscript consultations are $50 each. You must select this option by April 3rd when you register. Attendees who sign up for a consultation may submit one full picture book manuscript. Manuscripts must be received by April 5th (not postmarked). See more details here or follow the link in the tan box above.


Simon Boughton, Publishing Director, Norton Young Readers, W.W. Norton & Company
Nancy Paulsen, President and Publisher, Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin
Laurel Symonds, Agent, The Bent Agency
JaNay Brown-Wood, Author and Educator

Bios here or click on the link in the tan box in the upper right corner.

WORKSHOPS – more coming soon

Accepted for Publication!

Speaker: Simon Boughton

An editor and publisher’s view of the decision to publish — what do I look for in a picture book, and how do I make a case for acquiring it? The first part touches on the craft of making a distinctive book: what’s essential, and what makes a book stand out? The second part covers the acquisition process and the business considerations that lie behind publishing decisions, and includes an interactive presentation of a book p&l.

Creating Eye-opening Picture Books that Work on Many Levels

Speaker: Nancy Paulsen

Let’s Talk Picture Books: The Art of Crafting and Revising Books for Children

Speaker: JaNay Brown-Wood

In this presentation we will review the basics of picture books (format, type, word count, etc.), as well as elements of a story that move the reader through a strong narrative arc. Additionally, we will look critically at what makes a good picture book and then analyze our own work to see where we can revise and strengthen our manuscripts. Attendees are asked to bring 1-2 work-in-progress manuscripts printed out and ready for revision, and/or 1-2 of their own ideas for picture books to begin drafting or writing. This presentation is geared at helping attendees understand picture books as a whole and then begin crafting and revising their work to really make their manuscripts shine!

Picture Books as Physical Objects: How Readers Interact with Your Text

Speaker: Laurel Symonds

The youngest of readers interact with picture books in very physical ways—and we’re not just talking about chewing the cardboard or ripping out pages! We’ll consider how interactive elements, line breaks, page turns, and other techniques enhance the reading experience.


SCBWI Oregon is offering two $80 scholarships for this event. The deadline to apply is March 4, 2019. Go to our Scholarships page for the application form and instructions.


Contact Sue Ford at


Contact Laura Byrd, Co-RA,

*we retain a $15 handling fee on cancellations

This event is fully booked.