Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

For Illustrators

13 May 2023, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Illustration Masterclass Portfolio Review Breakouts

Fully Booked

Bookings now open for the Illustration Masterclass Portfolio Review Breakouts. Three wonderful art directors want to see your work! Go to the booking page to read about Marianne Vilcoq, Art Director from Bayard Presse, Myrto Dimitrakoulia, Art Director from Wide Eyed Publishing, Quarto, and Nghiem Ta, Art Director from Walker Books.

*A limited number of FREE places are available for  illustrators traditionally underrepresented in children’s publishing. Deadline for applications are 5 May 2023, 17:00. Follow the link below for more information and to book.

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Illustration Masterclass: Portfolio Review Breakouts

Past Events

Jane Porter’s recent books.

1 October 2022
Illustrator Masterclass! Bursting Through Creative Block with Jane Porter
Everyone from time to time suffers from a loss of creative passion for their work which leads to creative block. Author illustrator Jane Porter will be sharing her own stories of ‘down’ times and strategies to burst through those blocks to reconnect with your creative muses. A list of supplies to have on hand for the day will be sent out a couple of weeks before the masterclass. Book today! It’s live!
There are two places available for under represented member illustrators, please apply to the Illustration Masterclass Team:

8 October 2022
Illustrator Masterclass! Art Director Brief with Rocket Bird Books and publisher Libby Hamilton is live!
Read all about the brief, NOT Cinderella and get started. First fourteen bookings will be invited to submit for two tiered feedback; 1. roughs due by 31 July; Feedback to participating illustrator due back 28 August – 4 September.
There is still one place available for an under represented member illustrator, please apply to the Illustration Masterclass team: or

11 June 2022 
Illustrator Masterclass! Portfolio Reviews!
Bookings closed.

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Past news

Pictures at Play Biennial SCBWI Biennial Exhibition successfully closed another great show on the 4 January 2020.  This is a juried exhibition of the best of children’s book illustration in SCBWI, selected by a jury panel of a celebrated illustrator, an art director and a commissioning editor.

To view more, visit the online exhibition:

Selected illustrators: 

Gaia Alessi • Clare Andrews • Jeske Balmakers • Mike Brownlow • Jo Byatt • Sarah Coomer • Jeff Crosby • Sharon Davey • Suzanne Dore • Vicki Gausden • Robert Glenny • Dave Gray • Howard Gray • Giuliana Gregori • Morag Hood – Yvonne Ivinson • Maxine Lee-Mackie • Layn Marlow • Bridget Marzo • Vanya Nastanlieva • Sara Netherway • Polly Noakes • Anne-Marie Perks • Dina Riyanti • John Shelley • Irene Silvino • Soni Speight • Margaret Sturton • James Taylor • Sally Walker • Camille Whitcher