Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

The Next Level Professional Series – November 2014

Date(s) - 11/15/2014
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

TaborSpace, Copeland Commons
5441 SE Belmont - 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 November 15th at Copeland Commons*, upstairs next to the coffee shop, 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.

*Location for November only!


Fees: This year we will be charging for this wonderful series—sorry, we can’t continue to give the event to you free. Fees pay for the room rental and speaker honorariums. But here are your options:

1. Purchase a Member Pass for $35 for the pass (nonmembers $50) by Nov. 12th, which gives you this session and all the rest of the sessions through April.
2. Preregister for each TNL event, $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers by Nov. 12th for this month.
3. Register at the door and pay $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers after Nov. 12th.



Topic: Picturebook Polka: the dance of words and images

How do we know which words are essential to tell our stories? How can we create illustrations that expand on the story instead of just repeating in pictures what is already written in words? And most importantly, how can the two dance together to reveal the heart of the story? In this workshop, we will look at examples of books that attain this balance and those that miss the mark. Covering issues for both PB writers and PB illustrators (and for those who do both.)

Speakers abigail_marble: Abigail Marble & Kate Berube

Bios: Abigail Marble has had her nose buried in one book or another since the day she learned to read. In high school she assured her mother that she was never going to have a 9-5 type of job, and sure enough, she has spent her adult life working all kinds of crazy hours a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. She loves painting, drawing and making stuff, and is overjoyed that her 6 year old son has recently become interested in all things crafty as well. 

Abigail has illustrated picture books for both trade and educational publishers, and is currently working on interior illustrations and a cover for a middle grade novel called Two for Joy by Gigi Amateau (Candlewick Press, Spring 2015). She has dummies in the work for several stories she has written herself, as well.


Kate Berube <Bear uh bee> grew up wanting to be an artist in a cow-filled Connecticut town. In ‘01 she earned her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Like so many artists, Kate’s career trajectory wasn't a straight line – she’s been a nanny, tax preparer, scenic painter in NYC and decorative painter in Chicago. Kate’s debut picture book as an author and illustrator, HANNAH AND SUGAR, will be published by Abrams in the Spring of 2016. And Kate will be illustrating THE SUMMER NICK TAUGHT HIS CATS TO READ, by Curtis Manley – to be published Fall 2016 by Simon & Schuster’s Paula Wiseman Books. When not working on her upcoming picture book projects and greeting card line, she can be found hand-selling books at Powell’s Books. and


Questions? Contact Kelly Garrett—The Next Level Coordinator—