Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Summer Great Critique – July 2018

Date(s) - 07/14/2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

logo for The Great Critiquelogo designed by Barbara Herkert

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? Want to have your manuscript or some illustrations ready for the Spring conference? 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.

There will be a meet and greet at 9:00, where attendees sign in and get their name tags, then can enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack while meeting other writers and illustrators.


The early bird rate through May 31st for SCBWI members is $15 and for non-members is $25. Regular rates start on June 1st and will be $20 for members and $30 for non-members.

You must pre-register for this event–no registrations at the door. Registration opens May 1st at 8:00 a.m. Registration closes July 10, 2018.  You must select your critiquer when you register–one selection only. Please review the Great Critique Faculty Bios  before you select your critiquer.

If you are having trouble registering, contact Sue Ford at


Breaking news! Since the picture book spots are rapidly filling up, we’ve added one more critiquer for that category.

Patricia Bailey – Picture Books

Patricia Bailey grew up in a small town in Oregon. She now lives in a slightly larger town in Oregon with her husband and three cats. She spends her time hiking mountain trails, scribbling story ideas on sticky notes, and longing for a dog. She is the author of The Tragically True Adventures of Kit Donovan, a 2018 Oregon Book Award winner.


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. Since moving to Portland mid-2016, she has focused on a contemporary YA road trip novel and an historical novel.


Zoe Burke – Picture Books

Zoe Burke is the author of several children’s books published by Pomegranate Communications. The Charley Harper Nature Discovery Books include What’s in the WoodsWhat’s in the Rain Forest, What’s in the Coral Reef, and What’s in the Desert?  Her board books feature illustrations by Charley Harper, B. Kliban, Molly Hashimoto, Inuit artists from the Canadian Arctic, and others. Burke has also authored the Annabelle Starkey mysteries, Jump the Gun, No Gun Intended, and For Beretta or Worse (Poisoned Pen Press).

In her day job, Zoe Katherine Burke (also known as Katie) is the vice president and publisher of Pomegranate Communications. She enjoyed a brief singer/songwriter career in the 1990s. She grew up on the East Coast, lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for some thirty-five years, and currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

Karl Newsom Edwards – Illustration

Karl Newsom Edwards is a Bay Area native, and a graduate of the California College of the Arts with a degree in drawing. He has illustrated children’s picture books since the 1990s. Fly! was his author/illustrator debut in 2015. I Got a New Friend is his second author/illustrator book published by Knopf. And two more will be released this year: The Hugely Wugely Spider (Farrar Straus Giroux) and Stewart’s Best Pen (Clarion).

Karl enjoys writing and illustrating books for the very youngest readers with universal themes that resonate with readers of all ages. His current project is a wordless book about three rabbits and the range of everyday, yet emotional experiences as grandparents, parents, and children move through the phases of life from birth to death.

He lives in Portland, Oregon and is an avid cyclist.

 Melissa Hart – Middle Grade
 Melissa Hart is contributing editor at The Writer Magazine and author of the award-winning 2018-19 Battle of the Books selection, Avenging the Owl (Sky Pony, 2016), the young adult memoir Gringa (Seal, 2009 ) and the adult memoir Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family (Lyons, 2015). In 2019, Sasquatch will publish her Better with Books: Diverse Fiction to Open Minds and Ignite Empathy in Children. Her essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, Hemispheres, The Advocate, Woman’s Day, Orion, Writer’s Digest, and numerous other publications. She lives in Eugene with her husband and daughter, plus three chickens, three cats, and one very patient terrier.


Rosanne Parry – Middle Grade
Rosanne Parry is the author of four award-winning middle grade novels and one picture book. Her most recent is The Turn of the Tide. She will have two new novels in 2019 a wildlife adventure story, A Wolf Called Wander, and an Irish immigration story set during the American Civil War, The Last of the Name. She runs the League of Exceptional Writers, a free mentoring program for young writers. She is a part time book monger at Annie Blooms Books in Portland, and teaches children’s literature in the Masters in Book Publishing Program at Portland State University. She lives with her family in Portland and writes in a treehouse in her back yard.


Christy Peterson – Nonfiction

Christy Peterson is a children’s science and technology writer. Her books Cutting-edge Augmented Reality and Cutting-edge Virtual Reality release fall 2018 from Lerner Publishing. Other books include 13 leveled readers forthcoming from Heinemann and 24 Hours in a Salt Marsh (Cavendish). Her work has also been featured in ASK Magazine and at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

Christy’s favorite things to write about are tools that help us learn more about the universe and misunderstood life forms like spiders and snottites. Her backyard wildlife sanctuary is home to abundant wildlife, including a few favorites—Pacific tree frogs, Northwestern garter snakes, and bold jumping spiders. She lives with her family in Vancouver, Washington.


Jenn Reese – Young Adult


Jenn Reese writes science fiction and fantasy adventure stories for readers of all ages. Her first novel, Jade Tiger, is a kung fu action-adventure romance, and her latest books, the Above World trilogy for young readers (published by Candlewick), feature bioengineered mermaids in a post-apocalyptic future. Above World was nominated for SFWA’s Andre Norton Award. Jenn has also been writing short stories for almost two decades and has published pieces in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology Paper Cities, among others. She’s a graphic designer, a (lapsed) martial artist, and a very occasional voice actor. When she’s not exploring her new home city of Portland, she’s playing video games, learning to knit, or watching far too much TV.


How It Works

Please refer to the Summer Great Critique Resources page for information on what to bring on July 14th and what to expect.

Questions about this event? Contact Joan DiCicco,

If you are having trouble registering, contact Sue Ford at