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Portfolio Workshop with Dave Szalay

Date(s) - 06/26/2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


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Online Workshop with Dave Szalay

Portfolio Pizazz: How to Craft a Winning Portfolio

June 26, 2020  ♦  6:30 – 8:30 pm


COVID-19 may be keeping us all a bit homebound this summer, but that means it’s a great time to get your portfolio in tip-top shape! On Friday, June 26, join us for an online workshop with Dave Szalay on how to create a winning portfolio!



Dave Szalay is an author and award winning illustrator/designer based in Richfield, Ohio where he lives with his wife Krista and three cats. He is the illustrator of The Superlative A. Lincoln, The True Story of Zippy Chippy, and Travel Guide for Monsters. Dave is represented by Christy Ewers at The CAT Agency and his clients include Sleeping Bear Press, Charlesbridge, North-South (NordSüd, Zurich), Simon and Schuster, Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Harcourt-Mifflin, Cricket Media, Highlights, and Jimmy Patterson at Little Brown. He is a Professor at The University of Akron and his work can be found in national editorial, advertising, and communications media. Dave’s work has been recognized and awarded in many advertising and illustration competitions, including one of the SCBWI National Portfolio Showcase Honor Awards in 2018, 3 x 3, Creative Quarterly, The American Advertising Federation, and Highlights Pewter Award. His whimsical images are created in a vintage picture book-inspired technique using digital drawing and painting methods.



The online workshop will take place on Friday, June 26, from 6:30-8:30 pm via Zoom. A replay link will be available for one month so you can revisit the information as you work on your own portfolio after the event. Dave will share examples and experience from his own portfolio and journey to publication, including time for audience Q&A. Pricing for SCBWI members is $20; non-member pricing is $40. (Please note: the Zoom link will be emailed to all attendees closer to the event date.)


This is a GREAT opportunity to spruce up your portfolio before the SCBWI Summer Spectacular! If you have any questions, please email We hope to “see” you at this exciting online event!