Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illustrator Day 2021

Date(s) - 10/09/2021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm



Saturday, October 9th

with Author/Illustrator, Kate Garchinsky 

Book Designer, Taylor Abatiell at Penguin Workshop

Associate Editor, Kandace Coston at Lee & Low Books

Two Agents!!

Agent, Nicole Tugeau – T2 Agency

Agent, Chloë Morgan – Plum Pudding UK

Registration opens on June 14, 2021

View Agenda Here


Every year Illustrator Day is a special day dedicated to our illustration members, and 2021 is extra special because we have two agents joining us!  Hear presentations by author/illustrator Kate Garchinsky, Book Designer Taylor Abatiell, Editor Kandace Coston, and highly sought after agents Nicole Tugeau and Chloë Morgan. Whether you’re published or have just joined SCBWI, you don’t want to miss our annual event for illustrators.

Pick your level of commitment when you register. Join us for the faculty presentations, or go a step further and register for the Art Director Assignment to receive feedback on your work from Taylor Abatiell and Kandace Coston!

Need more? Register for a Zoom one-on-one portfolio, dummy, or manuscript critique with a publishing professional. Author-illustrator Kate Garchinsky, Book Designer Taylor Abatiell, Editor Kandace Coston, and Agents Nicole Tugeau and Chloë Morgan are excited to meet our illustrators and help you take your art, stories, and career to the next level!

Click here to read about our faculty

To take advantage of these opportunities, you need to register. Registration opens June 14th!

Scholarship Information

This year we will offer two BIPOC scholarship that will cover the cost of event registration, Art Director Assignment and (1)-one-on-one critique. Any current EPA SCBWI member may apply. To apply, please send an email to by September 24th with a link to a website that has examples of your illustrations and an explanation why you’re applying for the scholarship. Please email questions to the illustrator coordinator at

Thanks to an anonymous donor we will also offer one additional scholarship that includes the Art Director Assignment and  (1)one-on-one critique to an unagented illustrator, either an EPA SCBWI member or someone outside of our EPA region who is a member of SCBWI. To apply, please send an email to by September 24th with a link to a website that has examples of your illustrations. Write unagented illustrator in the subject heading of your email. Please email questions to the illustrator coordinator at



Event Cost

SCBWI members: $90; non-members: $100; student members: $72 (Pay with PayPal, credit card, or check.*)

(*If you’re mailing a check, please note your spot will not be reserved until payment is received. I recommend paying by PayPal or credit card to guarantee your spot.)

No refunds after September 24th. All refunds are subject to a $20 cancellation fee.

Optional Extras

Click here for the Art Director Assignment

Please read the instructions for the Art Director Assignment by following this link. Register online. Cost is $10. Complete your illustration at home and upload a medium resolution JPG to a shared Dropbox folder* by September 24th. Receive feedback from Designer Taylor Abatiell or Editor Kandace Coston in an open format at the meeting. (Feedback provided orally in front of all attendees.)  Label your jpgs as follows: Subject Name_Your name_1.jpg, Subject Name_Your name_2.jpg, Subject Name_Your name_reference.jpg. Send your jpgs to Berrie – (Example: HarveyWiley_Torgan-Randall_1.jpg)

One-on-One Critiques–Please only register for (one) one-on-one critique, either one portfolio critique or one manuscript/dummy critique. If you would like to be put on the waiting list for an additional critique, please email Berrie (subject line – Illustrator Day critique waiting list). Berrie will email you if a second critique opportunity becomes available before Illustrator Day.

Portfolio Review via Zoom link: Register online. Cost is $50. Portfolio critiques are 15 minutes long. Feedback to be provided orally. Please only register for (one) one-on-one critique, either one portfolio critique or one dummy/manuscript critique.

Six or fewer portfolio-ready illustrations/sketches medium resolution JPG will be due by September 24th. Send your jpgs to Berrie – Your name_Faculty name_1.jpg, etc. (Example: Torgan-Randall_Coston_1.jpg)

Manuscript Critique or Dummy Critique: Register online. Cost is $50. Manuscripts are due September 24th. Submission guidelines: 1″ margins all around. Double-space text. 12-pt Times New Roman font. 5-page maximum. Please include your last name and page number on every page. Save your file as “LastName_FirstName_Title of Manuscript.doc” or “LastName_FirstName_Title of Manuscript.docx” (Example: Torgan-Randall_Berrie_Hurry Up Oliver.doc). Manuscript critiques are 15 minutes long. Send a doc or pdf (for dummy) to Berrie –

Please only register for (one) one-on-one critique, either one manuscript/dummy critique or one portfolio critique.

What to upload prior to the event:

  • A digital file of your completed “Art Director Assignment.” For the assignment instructions, please click on the sidebar link (next to the map at the top right of the event page).
  • Your manuscript or dummy if you’re registering for a one-on-one manuscript or dummy critique. See submissions guidelines above.
  • Your portfolio pieces: See submissions guidelines above.

If, after carefully reading the instructions, you still have questions, please contact Illustrator Coordinator, Berrie Torgan-Randall, at

If you try to register for the assignment or a critique and registration is full, please add your name to the waiting list.

No refunds after September 24th, 2021. All refunds are subject to a $20 cancellation fee.



Are you a member of SCBWI?

Did you know that SCBWI members always receive a discount on events?

Whether Regional events or the International Conference, all members receive a discount.

Are you a member of SCBWI?  

If so, please log in before continuing with your event registration.

If not, please consider becoming a member.  Click here to learn about membership benefits.

Thank you,

Event Registration

General Information Required Fields*


Ticket Information

Non-member - $100.00

SCBWI Member Price - $90.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Student Member - $72.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Event Extras

Critiques: Portfolio Review or Dummy Critiques

            Art Director Assignment

              The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy
              To register for an SCBWI event, you are required to acknowledge our Anti-Harassment Policy.
              Scroll to the bottom to read the policy.

              You will then be able to click the checkbox indicating that you have read our policy.


              The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of its members and will take any and all necessary steps to address and prevent harassment at events associated with SCBWI. Harassment under this policy may include verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention or advances, and bullying or coercion. 

              The SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment or intimidation at any SCBWI Event. An “SCBWI Event” is any event, meeting or activity that is authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager to be sponsored by, or affiliated with, SCBWI. SCBWI events may include, if properly authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager, the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, the Annual Winter Conference in New York, regional conferences, meetings and meet-ups. This SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy also applies to “SCBWI On-Line Interactions,” which include Zooms, Webinars, online meetings, communications and content posted on, or directed towards, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts or sent through any of the communication tools available on SCBWI’s website, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts under this policy include the official SCBWI accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.


              Code of Conduct

              All participants in SCBWI Events and SCBWI On-Line Interactions, including faculty, volunteers, staff, and attendees, are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct. The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits harassment, including but not limited to the following behaviors:

              • Intimidation, stalking, or following;
              • Sustained disruption of talks or other events;
              • Unwelcome sexual attention or advances;
              • Abusive verbal comments;
              • Quid pro quo– sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for professional consideration or favors;.
              • Harmful or prejudicial verbal comments, written comments, or visual images related to gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, religion, socio-economic status, disability, age, appearance, body size, or other personal characteristics;
              • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images
              • Unwelcome or uninvited attention or contact
              • Physical assault (including unwelcome touching or groping);
              • Real or implied threat of physical harm;
              • Real or implied threat of professional or financial damage or harm;
              • Body policing, unwelcome photography or recording;
              • Doxing
              • Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. SCBWI continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of appropriate controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct as stated in this part of the Policy and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.

              We expect all participants at SCBWI activities, meetings, and networking events to abide by this Anti-Harassment Policy in all venues, including sanctioned events, ancillary events, unofficial events, and social gatherings.


              Reporting Procedures

              Any person who believes there has been a violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in one or all of the following ways:

              • Certain SCBWI Events, including the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles and the Annual Winter Conference in New York, will designate one or more Safety Team Members who will be available during the conference to provide a safe space for members to report an incident. The Safety Team Member will report directly to the conference director or regional advisor in charge.
              • A complainant may submit a complaint under this policy to the Director of Community Marketing and Engagement, the Director of Illustration and Artist Programs and/or your Regional Manager.
              • SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any potential incident of harassment under this policy. Anyone who chooses to report an incident can find the Anti-Harassment Report Form on the SCBWI website (About > Anti-Harassment) or use the following link: Reports should include the substance of the complaint, date, and whenever possible, a list of witnesses or a reference to the relevant URLs, if the offense occurred through an SCWBI On-Line Interaction.

              SCBWI will investigate all complaints subject to the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. If the policy applies, SCBWI will investigate the matter and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence and protect the environment at SCWBI Events. If a complaint is made anonymously, please note that SCBWI will not be able to follow up on an anonymous report with the complainant directly, as SCBWI will not have contact information for the anonymous complainant. Moreover, anonymous complaints may hinder SCBWI’s ability to investigate the complaint.  SCBWI will take steps to protect the confidentiality of the complaint, to the extent possible.  However, complete confidentiality may not be possible in all circumstances.  SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.

              If appropriate, SCBWI may report the incident to local authorities.



              The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against a member of the SCBWI community for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination, or for participating in an investigation relating to any complaint made under this policy. The sanctions for retaliation are the same sanctions available to address any other violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy.



              SCBWI takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Complaints will be investigated by SCWBI if they fall within the scope of SCWBI’s Anti-Harassment Policy. Depending on the results of the investigation, SCWBI will determine whether a sanction is appropriate.

              Sanctions for faculty, speakers, volunteers, staff or board members may include any of the following:

              • warning the party involved that the particular behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
              • immediate removal from a particular event;
              • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a temporary or permanent basis;
              • withholding of a contracted honorarium;
              • prohibition from future speaking engagements;
              • prohibition from future faculty appointments;
              • expulsion from SCBWI; and/or
              • removal from the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, when appropriate.

              Sanctions for attendees, members, and guests can include any of the following:

              • warning the party involved that specified behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
              • immediate removal from a particular event, without refund;
              • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;
              • termination of SCBWI membership, without refund; and/or
              • prohibition of future SCBWI membership.

              If the conduct at issue involves one of SCBWI’s employees, SCBWI will utilize whatever corrective action is appropriate based on the result of the investigation and subject to SCBWI employment policies and practices.



              SCBWI will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties and witnesses. Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect the reputation of all parties involved.


              If you wish to file a complaint or an anonymous complaint, CLICK HERE to access the Anti-harassment Report Form.

              If you have questions regarding this policy, you may send an email to Please include the words "Anti-Harassment Policy" in the subject line. 


              I have read and accepted the SCBWI Anti-Harassment policy.