Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

The Next Level Professional Series – January 2015

Date(s) - 01/17/2015
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

TaborSpace, The Annex
5441 SE Belmont St. - Portland, OR 97215

 Every 3rd Saturday through April 2015 except for December


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 in The Annex at Tabor Space on 5441 SE Belmont. Doors open at 2:00 pm, and speakers start at 2:15. The series continues through April 2015—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.



Fees: Fees pay for the room rental and speaker honorariums. You have two options to register for this event:

Preregister – $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers by Jan. 14th.
Register at the door – pay $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers


Topic: Success Panel: How a Writer and Writer/Illustator Got Their Starts

When you look at someone's success story, do you ever wonder about the journey? Cat Winters will talk about her "overnight" success story that took years. Author-illustrator Nicole Rubel will share insights into her career journey that include over 60 books, including the Rotten Ralph Series.

Speakers : Cat Winters and Nicole Rubel



Cat Winters’s critically acclaimed debut novel, IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, was named a 2014 Morris Award Finalist, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, a YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, and a 2014 Oregon Spirit Book Award Winner. She is also the a

uthor of THE CURE FOR DREAMING (Amulet Books/Oct. 2014), and her upcoming releases include THE UNINVITED (William Morrow/2015), THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY (Amulet Books/2016), and a short story in the YA horr

or anthology SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS (Dial/2015). She lives outside of Portland with her husband and two kids. Visit her online at





Nicole Rubel is an author/illustrator known for her uniquely colorful illustrations and charming stories. She has over sixty books to her credit and is the co-creator of the popular Rotten Ralph series.

Raised in Cora Gables, Florida, Ms. Rubel received a Bachelor of Science in Art Teaching from the Boston Museum School in association with Tufts University.

Ms. Rubel’s art style was inspired by the paintings of Henri Matisse and the art deco architecture of her hometown of Miami. Her imaginative, poignant and sometimes comical storylines are often derived from growing up with her identical twin sister, Bonnie. As a child she let her sister speak for her. Through the encouragement of an insightful teacher, Ms. Rubel learned to speak and write for herself. Therefore, a significant theme in her stories is finding oneself and learning to express one’s feelings and thoughts.


She currently resides with her husband on a farm in Aurora.



Questions? Contact Kelly Garrett—The Next Level Coordinator—