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Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

For Illustrators

Illustration Masterclasses 2018

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!

SCBWI Illustrator Meet, Muse and Share!

Our very first Schmooze on the 20 May 2018 in London was a success! It was wonderful hearing from Shelley Ann Jackson about her extensive volunteer experience with SCBWI Texas and her new role as MA Course Leader for the Cambridge Children’s Illustration programme. We’re hoping to see lots more of her and her husband Jeff Jackson, also an author illustrator. We’d like to run more Schmoozes in the future with a social AND informal critique group format.

If you like the idea of running 2 – 4 of these events a year,  please email Anne-Marie Perks, Regional Illustrator Coordinator and let us know!

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

12 May 2018  Writing for Illustrators with Maisie Paradise Shearring an international award winning and published illustrator. This ran as a Masterclass in every sense of the word. Attendees produced lots of story ideas and pictures prompted by the writing and drawing exercises Maisie gave us. What was the most fun? All of it! We learned a lot too.

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.

9 June 2018 We had an exciting and fun filled afternoon with Mark Mills (Plum Pudding Illustration Agency) Nghiem Ta (Senior Art Director, Walker Books) and Emily Lamm (Commission Picture Book editor from Hatchette). This year, rather than work in groups beginning with one reviewer, we had a very short introduction to our three, delegates chose the row of tables in front of the reviewer they wanted to see, and each illustrator went up for a 10 minute review, one to one. What was so fun to see, was all the sketching (of each other and the reviewers) and sharing of portfolios going on between everyone waiting to be seen. A wonderful, full and fun day was had by all!

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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