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 normally meet on the third Saturday of each month at Alongsiders Church located at 2830 NE Flanders in Portland. (You’ll love our new location!) However:

NEXT LEVEL 2021 EVENTS WILL BE WEBINARS till we’re able to meet again.

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.)

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




 January 16, 2021 Karen Cushman  A Cozy Conversation – bring your questions

 February 13, 2021 Liz Rusch  Author-Driven PR for your Books

 March 20, 2021  Roseanne Parry  Siblings and Getting to the Heart of the Story

 April 17, 2021  Jessica Brody  Why Do We Care? Creating Story-Worthy Heroses




 January 18, 2020  Oanh Jordan, Personal Brand Coach How to use your Personal Branding to Sell your books and beyond…

 February 15, 2020
 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

September 19, 2020 Deborah Hopkinson, Author Shaping Stories: Tips for finding the right form for your ideas.

October 17, 2020 Heather Ransom, Author Raising the Stakes: Things to think about when writing a Sequel.

November 21, 2020 Terrie Wolf and Kimbra Kasch An Agent is a Writer’s Best Friend