Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


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Date(s) - 08/05/2021
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Zoom - virtual meeting online
Virtual - meeting , online Uk


Saturday 8 May 2021

2 – 5pm


We are excited to welcome three great reviewers for the Illustration Masterclass Portfolio Breakout for 2021:

  • Hannah Mann, agent at the Writer’s House Literary Agency
  • David Salariya, publisher at Salariya Book Company
  • Sharon King-Chai, art director at Macmillan Children’s Books

Portfolio 1-1s will be set up for 20 minute slots on the hour or half hour. You will need to send a pdf portfolio before 8 May because we send the portfolios on to your chosen reviewer in advance. This is so they can share their screen with you and talk through your work in a clear way. We’re hoping to have all portfolios collected at least 24 hours before the event. Timings will be sent out at least 2 days in advance of your review, depending on when you have signed up.

 Please send all portfolios to as soon as you can after you’ve signed up.Your pdf portfolio should not be more than 20 MB, a size that can be sent easily via email.

Remember, your reviewer will have your pdf portfolio, so don’t forget to design your portfolio with an opening page and clear pleasing layout and make sure you have your details on every page. If you are not sure about how to prepare a PDF portfolio see these tips on Words & Pictures >

Slots do go quickly so we are offering them first to members only. To avoid disappointment, do not delay booking to secure your slot!


 Hannah Mann, Agent at Writer’s House Literary Agency

Hannah has been with the agency since 2013 and represents children’s fiction and nonfiction, from young picture books through middle grade and young adult, and all the hybrids in between–including graphic novels. She loves flawed characters, mystery, family dynamics, underdogs, regular dogs, and unexpected settings, but voice (that goes for words OR art) is almost everything.

Writers House is a full service literary agency representing books of all types and genres for readers of all age groups.

 David Salariya Publisher Salariya Book Company

The Salariya Book Company was founded in Brighton in 1989 by David Salariya, with the aim of building an independent children’s publishing brand that would prize innovation, humour and quality above all else. We see books as an invaluable learning and development aid, especially in the first few years of life, so our books are not only entertaining and stimulating, but also highly engaging and interactive.

We publish a comprehensive range of titles, from high-contrast board books for babies to early learning and picture books for pre-schoolers through to information, fiction and graphic novel titles for children aged 7+.


 Sharon King Chai, Art Director Macmillan Children’s Books

Born in Australia to Chinese-Malaysian parents, she moved to London in 2003, after studying Visual Communication. She fell in love with storytelling through music and books- and found her niche working as a designer in music and publishing industries. This eventually led to her creating her own books. Sharon has a great passion for experimenting and innovation, and loves exploring format, narrative and new characters. She also loves using unusual materials, and references nature alot in her artwork. Ingredients often include potatoes, blackberries, onions, feathers and sticks.

Sharon has a long client list that includes, Two Hoots, Macmillan Children’s Books, Templar, Hachette and Egmont.



The zoom link will be sent to you with your time slot either upon receipt of your portfolio or 2 days before the event. Please check your junk filters, if you do not receive it – please contact  



F   U   N   D   I   N   G

A limited number of fully funded 1-1’s are available for the following
illustrators under-represented in children’s publishing:

• SCBWI British Isles members who have financial need
• SCBWI British Isles members who identify as BAME, LGBTQIA+,
disabled or working class
• Non-members who identify as BAME, LGBTQIA+,
disabled or working class


Please note all slots have now been taken.


This event is fully booked.