Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Picture Book Boot Camp

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Date(s) - 03/23/2019
10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Columbus College of Art and Design
60 Cleveland Ave. - Columbus, Ohio 43215


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Calling all writers and illustrators– from beginners to experienced– who are eager to take their work to the next level.

Please join us for an all-day workshop on the nuts and bolts of writing, illustrating, revising, and publishing children’s picture books and board books with industry professionals:


Ariel Richardson, Editor at Chronicle Books


Amelia Mack, Art Director at Chronicle Books


Betsy Snyder, author/illustrator


Maria Carluccio & Suzy Ultman


WHERE: Canzani Lobby and Auditorium at Columbus College of Art and Design. (A huge thank you to CCAD for graciously allowing us to use this space! For this exciting collaboration, we’re thrilled that some of their illustration students will be joining us for this event!)


Columbus College of Art and Design, Canzani Center, on the corner of Cleveland Ave. and East Gay St, Columbus. (Address for your GPS: 60 Cleveland Avenue)

*The parking lot is adjacent to the Canzani Center, on the corner of Cleveland and Gay, and is free and open to us for this event. There will be event signs. One large landmark is the enormous red ART sign straddling E. Gay Street. That’s the street you’ll turn down to turn into the parking lot.

WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 2019, 10:30-4:30 pm


*Breakfast and lunch are provided as part of registration fee. If you have a special dietary request, such as vegetarian or gluten-free, please email us by March 15.

*Five SCBWI members will receive a 10 min. portfolio critique of their artwork from Chronicle Art Director Amelia Mack for an extra $25, (critiques were chosen by lottery and payment for those notified is $25 via PayPal or check on the day of the event.)

*Registration is closed, but we are taking names for a waiting list. $100 for members. (Non-member registration is $140).



10:30-10:50 am (Canzani Lobby) Registration sign in, breakfast, coffee

10:50-11:00 am (Auditorium) Welcome (note: you are allowed to bring food/drink into the auditorium.)

11:00 am-12:00 pm (Auditorium, everyone) Presentation on Picture Books by Ariel Richardson, Editor Chronicle Books

12:15-1:15 pm (Screening Room, SCBWI Members) Presentation on Writing & Illustrating led by Betsy Snyder, Author/Illustrator

1:15-2:00 pm Lunch, Canzani Lobby.

2:00-3:00 pm (Auditorium, everyone) Presentation on Novelty/Board Books & General Submission Advice by Ariel Richardson, Editor Chronicle Books

3:15-4:00 pm (Auditorium, everyone) Panel Discussion and Q & A with Amelia Mack, Betsy Snyder, Maria Carluccio and Suzy Ultman, led by Ariel Richardson

4:00-4:30 pm (Canzani Atrium) Book sale with Cover to Cover Bookstore and author book signing.



Thank you to our generous event sponsors!

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators

Illustrator Event Grant