Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

For Illustrators

SCBWI Illustrator Meet, Muse and Share!

All illustrators and author-illustrator SCBWI British Isles members are invited to our first ever informal schmooze.

You are warmly invited to our free and very first ‘meet, muse and share’ outreach morning in the friendly venue of the Canvas Cafe garden room off Brick Lane in East London. British Isles Illustrator Coordinator, Anne Marie, and Illustration Core Committee members Trish, John, Bridget, Patrick and Clare look forward to meeting you in person over free coffee and cake. We are also excited to announce that Shelley Ann Jackson, new course leader of the Anglia Ruskin MA Course in Children’s Illustration and active SCBWI volunteer coming to use from Texas will be sharing with us her experiences both with the MA and volunteering. It’s Free, Fun and Inspirational. Bookings Live  Here!

Illustration Masterclasses 2018

12 May 2018  Writing for Illustrators with Maisie Paradise Shearring an international award winning and published illustrator. With a focus on picture books, Maisie will share her key tips for illustrators who would like to develop and experiment with their own writing. Bookings Now LIVE!

9 June 2018  Our annual Portfolio Intensive with a new twist! Bookings Now LIVE!

6 October 2018  Art Director Brief with Nghiem Ta, Walker Books. If you would like to participate in working on a live brief and receiving two stages of feedback, on the rough and your chosen final piece, this is the Masterclass for you! Booking page LIVE!


Effective Narrative Sequence – Picture Book Illustration Workshop with Sara Ogilvie – Fully Booked

Illustration by Sara Ogilvie

Check out this great event coming up in the North East on the 26 June! Working with Sara Ogilvie, you’ll work on your skills writing and illustrating a picture book. This is a day event that includes a few book dummy one to one reviews, so book soon. Live Booking Here!

Picturing Words and Writing Pictures

Picture Book Retreat – Closed, Waiting list in operation

Written and illustrated by Maisie Paradise Shearring, Macmillan, Two Hoots Books.

The 2018 Retreat is now fully booked with a waiting list in operation. Email to be added. Join us for a long weekend of play, exploration, personal work time, group critiques and fun for picture book writers and illustrators? Go to Picture Book Retreat booking page to learn more!

Past Masterclasses in 2018

10 March 2018  David McDougall, art director, Harper Collins, led a wonderful masterclass on what kind of portfolio gets you commissioned. As usual, David was very generous with his time and expertise. Read about the masterclass on Words and Pictures, written by Sarah Underwood.


exhibition-2017-guestAbove: Illustrations by our fabulous guests and SCBWI supporters (left to right):  Tim Hopgood,  Pam Smy, Leigh Hodgkinson.

Huge congratulations to those of you whose work was selected to be in our first ever;

SCBWI BI Biennial Illustration Exhibition


Hosted in the fabulous new space of the Half Moon Theatre Gallery.

Thank you to all SCBWI illustrator members for submitting over 140 illustrations to our juried illustration competition! 

It was a hard task to select from such a high standard of sequential art, from both published and unpublished members, in a wide range of children’s genres. So a big thank you to our publishing industry for all their work!

Watch for the next Call for Entries for 2019!


Past news

The Pictures At Play Grand Launch Party and Talk took place on on 28 September, 2017 at the Half Moon Theatre, London. Exhibitors’ books and prints were (and continue to be!) available for sale with some proceeds going to War Child. In the theatre our brilliant guest artists and publishers took part in a panel talk hosted by Bridget Marzo, discussing the different ways they collaborate to make great books.  

Read more about artist events at the Gallery, our guest illustrators and judges, the launch  & talk and see a glimpse of the exhibits  HERE.


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