Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Saturday Programming

Saturday is the Full Programming Day, consisting of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and breakout sessions.

Registration for Saturday’s programming is $150 for SCBWI International members/$175 for non-members, which includes lunch, panels, keynotes, breakout sessions, coffee, tea, snacks, and a social hour/book signing Saturday evening. In addition to Saturday’s programming, there will be a variety of add-ons. The Juried Portfolio Showcase (Saturday) is an additional $35 (members) or $45 (non-members).

Schedule of Events

7:30 – 8:30 – Registration desk opens in the Lobby of Gwinn Commons (3310 Sixth Avenue West, Seattle, WA)

7:30 – Portfolio Check-In

8:15 – 8:45 – First time attendees orientation

8:45 – 9:15 – Keynote 1 – Nisi Shawl – Science Fiction and Fantasy as a Social Tool

9:35 – 9:45 – Faculty parade

9:45 – 10:30 – Faculty Q&A – Get to know the amazing faculty who will be spending the weekend with us.

10:45 – 12:00 – Session 1 :

  • Breakout A – Nisi Shawl – Workshop – Working with Science Fiction and Fantasy as a Social Tool
    Following the examples cited in the conference’s keynote speech, we’ll implement our own science fictional and fantastic ideas to create and analyze stories exploring social problems and solutions of the past, present, and future.
  • Breakout BAllyn Johnston – Picture Book as Theater
    The Picture Book: It’s not writing. It’s not illustrating. It’s riveting emotional theater!
  • Breakout CRaúl ColónColor, Glazes and Texture: The Non Digital Experience
    Raul will bring an unfinished original and demonstrate the techniques he uses to apply color. He uses multiple washes in watercolor, and then multiple layers of colored pencil to arrive at a desired hue. The attendees will be encouraged to try said techniques on their own samples. It’ll be more fun than work. Attendees will discover new ways of creating and using color.
  • Breakout D – Taryn Fagerness – Selling your book to Germany, Brazil, Japan and beyond: Foreign Rights
    Everything you didn’t know you needed to know about foreign rights.
  • Breakout E Christy Cox & Anna Goldstein – The Collaborative Process of Creating Children’s Books
    Listen in as an editor and art director from Sasquatch Books talk about the process of creating children’s books. 

12:00 – 12:30 – Portfolio Judging – Lunch

12:30 – 1:00 – Crystal Kite Keynote – Corinna Luyken – Perfectly Imperfect: mistakes and uncertainty in the creative process

1:30 – 2:45 – Session 2 :

  • Breakout F – Saho Fujii – The Picture Book Process
    What goes into making picture books? Art Director Saho Fujii will also talk about trends in the current market and what they look for in artists at Little Brown Books for Young Readers.
  • Breakout G – Mina Witteman – Building Characters through the Enneagram
    We all know that a character can’t be all good, but what is that bad trait that is not just a device to forward your plot? In this presentation we explore the core motivations and basic fears of the nine Enneagram personality types to create well-rounded, believable characters.
  • Breakout HKevan Atteberry – I Can Do That on a Computer? – A Digital Illustrator Shares All!
    A road map for digitally illustrating and designing a picture book. There are an infinite number of techniques and ways of illustrating on the computer, Kevan will share his process using Photoshop, some tips he’s learned, and techniques that he uses. Touching on masking, custom brush creation, color tricks, and creating a texture library. Also covered will be dummy assembly in InDesign.
  • Breakout I – Tricia Lawrence – Creating a Character to Fall in Love With
    How do you create a YA character that hasn’t already been done before? How do you create something fresh, unique, a character that will endure? It sounds daunting, but it can be done. The great Russian actor and director Constantin Stanislavsky’s “system” or “method” of acting (Stanislavsky lived from 1863-1938) created the term “Method acting,” which is now attributed to him. Method acting is moving away from the once-popular “representational” style (which was geared more toward the outward effect) to the “presentational” style aka Method style, which was based on conveying psychological truth.
  • Breakout J – Mandy Hubbard – Writing a Query that Works
    Learn a senior agent’s tips and tricks for writing a great query letter in this hands-on session.

2:45 – 3:15 – Coffee/Cookie Break & Portfolio Viewing

3:15 – 4:00 – Local Success Panel

4:00 – 4:15 – Coffee Break

4:15 – 4:45 – Closing Keynote- Raúl Colón – Imagination is Everything

4:45 – 5:15 Closing Remarks/Portfolio Awards

5:15 – 7:00 – Reception & Book-Signing Party

6:15 pm – Portfolio pickup