Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

The Next Level – January 2019

Date(s) - 01/19/2019
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.

January Speaker: Rachel Letofsky, Literary Agent

January Topic: Demystifying Book Publishing Contracts

A practical, step-by-step guide on what should, and should not, be found in a standard book publishing contract with a traditional house. Literary Agent, and Contracts Manager for the Cooke McDermid Agency, Rachel Letofsky, will walk through the clauses of a contract and provide definitions and insight into common contract terms and language, highlighting areas where authors and agents have some ability to improve the terms offered. Q&A encouraged throughout.


Rachel is a graduate of the Humber Creative Book Publishing Program and the University of Toronto, where she specialized in English literature. She joined what was then The Cooke Agency in 2010. She frequently travels throughout North America to writers’ festivals and literary events to moderate panels, take part in quick-pitch sessions, and host workshops for authors. Rachel is actively seeking ground-breaking and heart-breaking middle grade and YA titles in all genres. She is drawn to works with a whimsical nature or a grounded, gritty edge in equal measure, though in either instance, unforgettable characters and original concepts are a must. She also has a natural soft spot for exquisite literary fiction. In non-fiction, Rachel is looking for narrative-driven memoirs, and anything quirky, life affirming or mind blowing. When not travelling or reading for pleasure or work, Rachel loves spending time with her family, inventing new recipes under the strict supervision of her cat, Mimsy, planning for the upcoming alien/zombie invasion, and swimming in lakes and oceans as much as possible. She is on Twitter at @rachelletofsky.



 Fee Register Online by 1/17/2019 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