Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Summer Great Critique – June 2022

Date(s) - 06/25/2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Alongsiders Church
2830 NE Flanders - Portland, OR 97232

In-Person at Alongsiders Church: 2830 NE Flanders, Portland, OR

Virtual – the comfort of your own home or office! 



June 25 from 9am to Noon

The Summer Great Critique 2022!


Offering both

Check CAREFULLY when choosing your critiquer – are they




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.

Registration – You Must Pre-Register For This Event 


EARLY BIRD rate opens on May 1 and extends through May 9th

SCBWI Members:$25  

REGULAR rates start on May 10th

SCBWI Members:$30



Registration opens  at 9:00 a.m.

Registration closes: Saturday, June 18th

You must select your IN-PERSON or VIRTUAL critiquer when you register–one selection only.

• Please review the Great Critique Faculty Bios  below before you select your critiquer.


If you are having trouble registering, contact Robin at

How It Works

IMPORTANT! Please click here ⇒  GREAT CRITIQUE RESOURCES ⇐ for information on how this In-Person and Virtual Great Critique event works. 

Questions about this event? Contact Lisa Gerlits,



Summer 2022 Great Critique is a hybrid event. Half of the faculty will be virtual and half will be in-person. Before signing up make sure you know where your faculty member will be. We reserve the right to change the in-person portion to virtual if necessary.

Summer Great Critique 2022 Faculty:​​

Photo: Tracy Subisak
Zoey Abbott – Picture Books  (IN PERSON)  SOLD OUT

Zoey Abbott is the author-illustrator of Clementine and the Lion, Pig and Horse and the Something Scary and I Do Not Like Yolanda. She is also the illustrator of several other children’s books. Zoey lives in Portland, Oregon and enjoys opportunities through SCBWI to work with her fellow creators to polish portfolios/manuscripts in preparation for solid submissions. Follow Zoey online at:  Instagram: zoeyabbott


J. Anderson Coats – Novels (VIRTUAL)

J. Anderson Coats has received two Junior Library Guild awards, two Washington State Book Awards, and earned starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, the Horn Book Review, and Shelf Awareness. Her newest books are The Night Ride, a middle grade action-adventure about a girl determined to protect horses in danger, and Spindle and Dagger, a historical YA set in medieval Wales that deals with power dynamics and complicated relationships. She is also the author of The Green Children of Woolpit, R is for Rebel, The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming, and The Wicked and the Just.

Melissa Hart – Novels  (IN PERSON)

Melissa Hart is the author of the middle grade novels Daisy Woodworm Changes the World and Avenging the Owl, as well as the forthcoming Media Adventurer’s Handbook: Decoding Persuasion in Everyday News, Ads, and More and Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens and Teens. She lives in Oregon.

Deborah Hopkinson – Picture Books & Non-Fiction  (VIRTUAL)

Deborah Hopkinson is the award-winning author of picture books, middle grade historical fiction, and nonfiction. Her most recent picture books are THE STORY OF A STORY, illustrated by Hadley Hooper, and ONLY ONE, illustrated by Chuck Groenink. Also in 2022 she will publish books two and three of the Deadliest nonfiction series. Her WWII nonfiction, WE MUST NOT FORGET, was a 2022 Oregon Book Award finalist. Deborah lives in West Linn, where she zooms with schools, critiques, and gardens.

Visit her at or on Twitter @deborahopkinson or Instagram @deborah_hopkinson.

Jane Kurtz – Picture Books  (IN PERSON) SOLD OUT

Jane Kurtz is the author of many books, picture books, middle grade novels, ready-to-reads, and little bilingual books for an Ethiopia literacy project. She was born in Portland and spent most of her childhood in Ethiopia. She in on the faculty for the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Children’s and YA Literature, does author visits, and continues to explore the craft of writing in lots of different ways. Recently, she won the 2022 IBBY-IREAD Outstanding Reading Promoter Award for her volunteer work on behalf of Ethiopian literacy.

Brian W. Parker – Illustration/Graphic Novels (IN PERSON)

Brian W. Parker is the current adjunct instructor for Children’s Book Publishing at Portland State University. After earning a BFA in graphic design & illustration from Mississippi State University, he worked for over 15 years in music publishing, corporate marketing, sports/entertainment, and children’s publishing specializing in Alaskana. He earned his MA in writing & publishing from Portland State University where he worked in the Ooligan Publishing Program.  In 2015, Brian started an independent publishing company, Believe In Wonder, which he co-owns with his wife, Josie Parker. They have published 15 five-star reviewed titles in middle reader, YA, and children’s picture books. He works closely with educational groups with a mission to promote diversity and inclusion in youth fiction and to inspire creativity in a new generation of readers and storytellers.

Dawn Babb Prochovnic – Picture Books (VIRTUAL) SOLD OUT

Dawn Babb Prochovnic is the author of 
Lucy’s BloomsWhere Does a Pirate Go Potty?, Where Does a Cowgirl Go Potty?, and numerous sign language books for children. Her next scheduled book is Mama’s Home!, due for release in 2024. Dawn loves working with schools, libraries, and bookstores to customize educational offerings. She is the founder of SmallTalk Learning and blogs regularly about books, writing, and early literacy. Dawn lives in Portland, Oregon with her family. Learn more at Find Dawn on Twitter/IG: @DawnProchovnic, and on FB: @DawnProchovnicAuthor. 

Suma Subramaniam Picture Books – (VIRTUAL)

Suma Subramaniam is the author of She Sang For India: How MS Subbulakshmi Used Her Voice For Change (Macmillan FSG, 2022), Namaste Is A Greeting (Candlewick, 2022), and A Bindi Is A Dot (Kids Can Press, 2024), as well as Fairies (Capstone, 2021), and Centaurs (Capstone, 2021). She’s also the contributing author of The Hero Next Door (Penguin Random House, 2019).  Her poems have been published in the Young People’s Poetry edition of Poetry Magazine from Poetry Foundation. She is a volunteer at We Need Diverse Books and SCBWI Western Washington. Suma has an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Visit her website at


FYI: Adding your name to a Waitlist does not guarantee you a spot in your specified critique group. If someone cancels and you are at the top of the list then you are eligible to join the group and will be notified.

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