Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

The Next Level November 2017

Date(s) - 11/18/2017
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 do not meet in December. 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 2018—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.


Crafting a pitch letter that is so good it will be used as your book jacket copy

Speaker: Fiona Kenshole

So, you've written a wonderful, original, standout book – seering emotional YA, compelling unputdownable MG, or a delightful captivating picture book. How on earth do you summarize everything that makes it special in just a couple of paragraphs? And yes, those paragraphs are important in getting your book noticed. A good pitch will be used by your agent, your editor, your marketing department and even to hook in a movie producer.


This talk will share some trade secrets of how to write a pitch so good it  can be used as the jacket copy for your book. We'll explore pitfalls and problems, and look at some real examples of pitches that worked.


November-fiona-kensholeFiona Kenshole is a literary agent with the Transatlantic Agency, exclusively specializing in children’s books, from debuts to film deals. She is an accredited member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, representing picture books through to young adult. Fiona enjoys the editorial midwifery part of being an agent, especially nurturing the creativity of her clients. She maintains close relationships with editors and publishers in New York, London, and Toronto, and film producers and agents in LA. At the Transatlantic Agency, she works with co-agents in 28 countries, selling rights worldwide for her author’s work.


Fiona brings a lifetime of passion and experience of children's and YA books: She was still just a teen when she started work in a children’s bookshop. After graduating from Cambridge University she spent 20 years as children's publishing director at Oxford University Press, Hodder (the UK arm of Little, Brown), and HarperCollins. Fiona has published major names and debut authors on both sides of the Atlantic: Her authors have won every major British children’s literary award and several have become million copy bestsellers. Fiona was nominated for “Editor of the Year” at the British Book Awards. 


She then switched to a career in film, moving to the US to become Vice President of Development Acquisition at Laika Inc.  where she worked with directors, producers and screenwriters to produce three Oscar nominated films: THE BOXTROLLS, CORALINE and PARANORMAN. She divides her time between Portland Oregon, and Oxford UK, with clients throughout the US and the rest of the world.



Early Bird, if applicable


 Date Early Bird is over

11/16/17 online

Regular Rate (At the door)







 Member Season Pass

$35 (available thru 12/1/17)

Nonmember Season Pass $50 (available thru 12/1/17)  

  Must register by 11/16 online for early bird rate. May register at the door.



 Contact Name:

Kelly Garrett, TNL Coordinator

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