Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

The Next Level

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 Alongsiders Church located at 2830 NE Flanders in Portland. (You’ll love our new location!) Doors open at 2:15 pm, and speakers start at 2:30 pm. At 3:30 we’ll have a time for Q&A and/or book sales. The series runs from September 2019 through April 2020—except for December—but each session is different!

You can buy a pass for the whole series* or register for each individual event. (Passes are only available in the fall.)

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Questions? Contact Judi Gardiner, or Oanh Jordan,

*2019-2020 Schedule

Our new co-coordinators just took this project on the end of August. They are working as fast as they can to provide quality programming. We’ll be continuing to update this page, plus the individual events.


September 21, 2019  Sue Ford, Author
Using Technology to Research Agents (or Editors)

 October 19, 2019  Hannah Holt, Author Picture Book Verse Workshop 

 November 16, 2019  Jessica Brody, Author  TBA


 January 18, 2019  Oanh Jordan, Personal Brand Coach How to use your Personal Branding to Sell your books and beyond…

 February 15, 2019
 Jane Kurtz, Author Using the Wide World to Add Zing to our Picture Books

 March 21, 2020
 Ruth A. Musgrave, Author   TBA

 April 18, 2020
 Marsh Myers, Author The Pleasures and Perils of Being an Author (Illustrator) on Social Media