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

The Next Level events are virtual until further notice

             If you are registered, you will receive a ZOOM link prior to the event.

START TIME: 2:00 pm

The 2021-2022 series runs monthly from October 2021 through June 2022 – except for December 2021. 


When we can meet again in person, we’ll gather on the third Saturday of each month.
• Where: Alongsiders Church, 2830 NE Flanders in Portland.
     • When: Doors open at 2:15 pm, and speakers start at 2:30 pm.

Q&A and/or book sales follow the event at 3:30.   

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

Please click the date next to the speaker for registration.

SCBWI has a zero-tolerance policy against harassment of any kind. Any violation of this policy is actionable.
Go here for more information.

Questions?  Contact Judi Gardiner, The Next Level Coordinator, at  



FALL 2021 Schedule


 October 16, 2021 Melissa Hart, Author Capturing the Middle Grade Voice with Authenticity and Humor

November 20, 2021 Deborah Hopkinson, Author Thinking Like an Editor: Tips for Delivering Manuscripts that Make an Editor’s Job Easy


WINTER/SPRING 2022 Schedule


 January 15, 2022 Jessica Brody, Author Why Do We Care? Creating Story-Worthy Heroes

 February 19, 2022
Cat Winters, Author Let’s Talk About Dialogue

 March 19, 2022
Melissa Hart, Author Find Your Readers with Instagram, Tik Tok & YouTube

 April 16, 2022
 Leslie Barnard Booth, Author Picture Books as Poetry

May 21, 2022 Jessica Capelle, Author Scrivener for Authors

June 18, 2022 Jessica Capelle, Author Scrivener for Authors (part 2)