Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illustrator Day 2020

Date(s) - 09/12/2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Eastern PA SCBWI  Proudly Presents

Virtual Illustrator Day 2020

Saturday, September 12th

with Author/Illustrator, Lee Harper, 

Senior Designer, Andrea Miller (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books)

Editor, Katie Heit (Scholastic) &

Christy Ewers, Agent (The CAT agency)

Registration opens on June 6, 2020


Every year Illustrator Day is a special day dedicated to our illustration members and 2020 is extra special because it is being brought to your own homes via Zoom!  Hear presentations by author/illustrator, Lee Harper, Senior Designer Andrea Miller, Editor Katie Heit, and highly sought after agent Christy Ewers. Whether you’re published or 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 Andrea Miller or Katie Heit!

Need more? Register for a Zoom one-on-one portfolio, dummy or manuscript critique with a publishing professional. Author-illustrator Lee Harper, Senior Designer Andrea Miller, Editor Katie Heit, and Agent Christy Ewers are excited to meet our illustrators and help you take your art, stories and career to the next level!

Click here or on the Side Bar to read about our faculty


To take advantage of these opportunities, you need to register. Registration opens June 6th!

Scholarship Information: This year we will offer two scholarship that will cover the cost of event registration. Additional expenses, including registration for the Art Director Assignment and one-on-one critiques are not included. Any current EPA SCBWI member may apply. To apply, please send an email to by July 18th 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 to an under represented 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 July 18th with a link to a website that has examples of your illustrations. Write under represented illustrator in the subject heading of your email. Please email questions to the illustrator coordinator at



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 August 15, 2020. All refunds are subject to a $20 cancellation fee.

Optional Extras

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

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 Sept. 5th. Receive feedback from Senior Designer Andrea Miller or Editor Katie Heit in an open format at the meeting. (Feedback provided orally in front of all attendees.)  *Link to the Dropbox folder will be provided by August 1st.

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

Portfolio Review via Zoom link: Register online. Members: $45   Non-Members: $55. 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 reviewed due by August 14th.  Use this Dropbox link to submit. Create a new folder (example: Torgan-Randall_Portfolio).

Manuscript Critique or Dummy Critique: Register online. Members $45   Non-Members $55. Manuscripts to be uploaded to a shared Dropbox link by August 14th. 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, “LastName_FirstName_Title of Manuscript.docx” or “LastName_FirstName_Title of Manuscript.docx” (Example: Torgan-Randall_Hurry Up Oliver.doc) Manuscript critiques are 15 minutes long with written comments provided.

If submitting a dummy – please create a folder using the Dropbox Link to submit your pdf  or jpg dummy.  Example: Torgan-Randall_Hurry Up Oliver.

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

Our EPA team will choose a faculty member for you.  If you would like a specific faculty member, please email your request to Berrie Torgan-Randall, at include a link to your website if you have one.

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 our 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


No refunds after August 15, 2020. All refunds are subject to a $20 cancellation fee.



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Event Extras

Non Member Critique

        Art Director's 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 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, 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.
          • Inappropriate physical contact.
          • Unwelcome sexual attention.
          • 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.
          • 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.


          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, 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 handle 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.