Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

The Next Level – April 2019

Date(s) - 04/20/2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

5441 SE Belmont St. - Portland, OR 97215

SCBWI Oregon’s professional series is here to help bring your writing and illustration skills to The Next Level. Whether you’re plotting a novel or perfecting a picture book, our TNL sessions can give you tools to advance your career. All levels of experience welcome.

We meet on the third Saturday of each month at TaborSpace on 5441 SE Belmont in Portland. When you arrive at the main entrance, check the chalkboard for which room we’ll be in. We’re usually in Muir Hall, the Annex, or the Dining Room. Doors open at 2:00 pm, and speakers start at 2:15. The series runs through April 2019—except for December—but each session is different!

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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.

April Speaker: Barbara Herkert, Author

April Topic: Crafting a Life: Tools of the Picture Book Biographer

What makes a compelling picture book biography, and how have they changed over the years? Many of the tools the biographer uses are the same elements of drama and suspense that fiction writers use: creating a hook at the beginning, portraying a likable and competent protagonist with powerful motivation, presenting mounting obstacles, and incorporating a sense of “the ticking clock.” Today’s biographers feel a deep responsibility to portray a life honestly, faults and all. In this presentation, we’ll explore the tools of craft in picture book biographies, from both the past and the present, and see how they have developed into some of the most intriguing and exciting books for youth today.


Barbara Herkert is the author of three picture book biographies: Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers’ Journey from Slave to Artist; Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Artist; and A Boy, A Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E.B. White. She received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. She lives on the Oregon Coast with her family, and spends creative time in a log house in Central Oregon.


 Fee Register Online by 4/18/2019 At the Door
Member $8 $10
Non-Member $10 $12

Go here to see the schedule for the 2018-2019 series.

Questions? Contact Kelly Garrett, TNL Coordinator, at