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Summer Great Critique – August 2021

Date(s) - 08/28/2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

SUMMER 2021 Great Critique is a Virtual Event.

SCBWI Oregon’s Great Critique is an event that happens twice a year. Each session is an awesome opportunity for writers and illustrators to be critiqued by a professional and their peers.

Never been in a critique group? Wish you could be critiqued by someone who is ahead of you in the publishing game? Want to strengthen your work? Need a fresh set of eyes and ears on that oft-revised piece? This is your chance. A published author or illustrator will lead each small group and critique your manuscript or art. You’ll also hear/see others’ work and get feedback from those writers and illustrators too. Plus you’ll learn from the comments by the critique leader about the work of others.

So join us for a morning of perfecting your craft. And, who knows, you might make a few new like-minded friends to start a new critique group, too.

Faculty books will be available for purchase.


The early bird rate through July 31st for SCBWI members is $20 and for non-members is $30. Regular rates start on August 1st, 2021 and will be $25 for members and $35 for non-members.

You must pre-register for this event. Registration opens June 30th, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Registration closes August 20, 2021.  You must select your critiquer when you register–one selection only. Please review the Great Critique Faculty Bios  below before you select your critiquer.

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How It Works

IMPORTANT! Please refer to the Summer  Great Critique Resources page for information on how the Virtual Great Critique works. 

Questions about this event? Contact Lisa Gerlits,

Summer Great Critique 2021 Faculty:


Anne Broyles – Picture Books 
Anne Broyles is the award-winning author of Arturo and the Bienvenido Feast, Arturo and the Navidad Birds, Priscilla and the Hollyhocks, and Shy Mama’s Halloween. Her next book, I’m Gonna Paint: Ralph Fasanella, Artist of the People will be published by Holiday House in 2023.
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Sundee Frazier – Novels

Sundee T. Frazier is the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent award-winning author of books about a curious science kid (Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It and its sequel), twin sisters—one who looks Black, the other white (The Other Half of My Heart), and an irresistible 10-year-old entrepreneur (Cleo Edison Oliver), whose superpower is getting people to buy whatever she’s selling. Her forthcoming novel, Mighty Inside (LevineQuerido, September 2021), was inspired by her African-American family integrating a white neighborhood in 1950s Spokane in spite of restrictive covenants. She lives near Seattle, WA, with her husband, daughters, and little dog, Luna (who is not a puppy). You can learn more about her and her books at (or watch her sing about Luna at

Hannah Holt – Picture Books 

Hannah Holt is a children’s author with an engineering degree. Her picture books weave together her love of literature and lifelong learning. They include, The Diamond and the Boy (HarperCollins), A Father’s Love (Penguin), and A History of Underwear with Professor Chicken (Macmillan). In her free time, Hannah likes running, reading, and eating chocolate chip cookies. She lives in Hillsboro with her husband, four children, and a very patient cat. Find out more about Hannah and her books at

Chamisa Kellogg – Illustration

Chamisa is an illustrator, animator and art director based in Portland, Oregon. She holds a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, and makes work for children’s books, brands, games and animation. Her lush and textural illustration style consistently provides notes of nostalgia, whimsy and dreaminess with a fresh playful twist. Chamisa’s debut illustrated book Crying is Like the Rain (by Heather Hawk Feinberg) was published by Tilbury House in September 2020, and her next book Some Days (by Julie A. Stamm, published by The Experiment) will be out in September 2021. You can see more of her work at, and follow her on instagram at

Trudi Ludwig – Picture Books

Trudy Ludwig is a nationally acclaimed speaker and award-winning author of numerous children’s books including The Invisible Boy, a School Library Journal Best Picture Books Selection and a recommended back-to-school book by USA Today and Scholastic. Her work helps empower children to be kinder and more inclusive in their social world. Trudy has collaborated with leading experts and organizations including Sesame Workshop, Committee for Children, and Visit for more information about her books (My Secret Bully, Just Kidding, Sorry!, Trouble Talk, Confessions of a Former Bully, Better Than You, Too Perfect, Gifts from the Enemy, The Invisible Boy, Quiet Please, Owen McPhee!, and The Power of One).

Rosanne Parry – Novels

Rosanne Parry is the author of the many award winning novels including Heart of a Shepherd (Random House), Last of the Name (Learner) and A Wolf Called Wander (Greenwillow & Andersen Press) which has spent more than 40 weeks on the NYT best seller list. A Whale of the Wild (Greenwillow) is her latest book. Rosanne and her family live in an old farmhouse in Portland, Oregon. She writes in a tree house in her back yard.

Elizabeth Rusch – Picture Books & Non Fiction 
Elizabeth Rusch is the award-winning author of 22 books for young readers, which have received multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Horn Book, Booklist, School Library Journal, and the BCCB, among others. Her work has won the Golden Kite Award, the Subaru Prize, the Cook Prize, the Green Earth Award, and the Oregon Book Award, and has landed on many notable and best of the year lists produced by ALA, NCTE, NSTA, Bank Street College of Education, Kirkus, SLJ, NBC News and the New York and Chicago Public Libraries. Liz loves mentoring writers and offers picturebook writing, nonfiction writing, book-proposal writing and time-to-write retreats at her beach house near Newport Oregon. Learn more at and

Brianna Caplan Sayers – Picture Books

Brianna Caplan Sayres is a children’s book author and editor. She is the author of many picture books inlcuding the bestselling Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night series, illustrated by Christian Slade (Random House) and Night Night, Curiosity, illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke (Charlesbridge). Brianna is also proud to be the founder of Intergalactic Afikoman, a new publisher of Jewish children’s books and the author of Asteroid Goldberg: Passover in Outer Space, illustrated by Merrill Rainey. Brianna lives in Seattle, Washington with her two amazing future astronauts.

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