Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

The Next Level – March 2019

Date(s) - 03/16/2019
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.

March Speaker: Laurel Gale, author

March Topic: Plotting and Pitching Your Novel

Are you a natural pantser? Or a die-hard plotter? Either way, once you become a professional writer, you may find that you need to plot your novel ahead of time in order to pitch it to your agent and even to publishers – and to avoid wasting time on drafts that don’t work. For natural pantsers – people who write without a plan – creating a description of a current project that not only makes sense to you but also piques people’s interest can be a real challenge. Even plotters can struggle with this.

In this talk, I’ll share my own journey from somewhere on the pantser end of the spectrum to decidedly on the plotter end of the spectrum, including the different methods I’ve tried, the ones that have worked for me, and some tips I’ve picked up along the way. We’ll look at the advantages and disadvantages of both plotting and pantsing, as well as how to address the problems people can encounter. We’ll see different strategies that can help you solidify your ideas and get them ready to pitch to others. This talk is ideal for pantsers who want to develop their plotting skills, but experienced plotters may also discover some new strategies that work for them.    


Laurel Gale is the author of Dead Boy and Monster, Human, Other. Passionate about the writing community, she has led writing workshops and organized numerous writing sessions. You can visit Laurel online at or on Twitter at @Laurel_Gale



 Fee Register Online by 3/14/2019 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