Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

8th Annual SF/South Illustrator’s Day

Date(s) - 09/20/2014
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Fort Mason
2 Marina Blvd - San Francisco, CA 94123


First 50 registrants who are SCBWI members receive the Earlybird price of $115.
Regular SCBWI member pricing is $130. Non-member pricing is $145.

Event Schedule:
Plan to arrive at 8:30 AM for registration. The event will kick off at 9:00 AM and will end at 4:00 PM.

Lunch will be provided at the event. Please select ONE lunch option in the "Event Extras" list provided below. If our options do not meet your dietary needs, select "Other" and contact Lea Lyon at

Illustrator Day Faculty:

dominguezAngela Dominguez Award-Winning Author/Illustrator
Angela was born in Mexico City, grew up in the great state of Texas, lived in San Francisco, and recently relocated to New York. As a child, she loved reading books and making a mess creating pictures. She’s delighted to still be doing both professionally. Angela is currently illustrating her fourteenth children’s book, and has worked with numerous publishers including Dial, Abrams, Bloomsbury, Candlewick, Roaring Brook Press, Children’s Book Press, and Henry Holt. In 2013, Angela made her debut as children’s book author with Let’s Go, Hugo! Maria Had A Little Llama, and Santiago Stays. This year, she received the Pura Belpré Honor from the American Library Association for her book Maria Had A Little Llama. Additionally, Angela teaches at the Academy of Art University in the Illustration Department. She is also active with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and is represented by Wernick and Pratt Literary Agency.


collinsPatrick Collins Creative Director Henry Holt Books for Young Readers 
Patrick art directs and designs picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels. Some of the recent picture books he has worked on are: Machines Go to Work in the City by William Low; The Family Tree by David McPhail; The Monster Returns by Peter McCarty, and Frog Song illustrated by Gennady Spirin. Recent novel projects include: The Edumacation of Jay BakerMissing on Superstition Mountain, and the #1 New York Times bestseller: Lincoln's Last Days. Patrick studied art at Northeastern University in Boston.


brognoKristine Brogno Children's Design Director, Chronicle Books
Kristine Brogno is an award-winning art director and designer and is currently the Design Director of Children's Publishing at Chronicle Books in San Francisco. She’s had the great honor of working with a broad range of children’s artists — from first-time book illustrators to seasoned veterans, including Carolyn Conahan, Ward Jenkins, Calef Brown, Tom Lichtenheld, Andy Rash, Melissa Sweet, Jen Corace and Meilo So, among many others. When she’s not reviewing sketches and looking for the perfect typeface, you can find her exploring the Bay Area and beyond with her two young sons.

Join us for a wonderful day on the San Francisco Bay to learn more about illustrating children’s books. Are you ready to be inspired? We’ll pick up new tips and tricks, not to mention hear the latest about the industry, meet and reunite with other children’s book illustrators, and – most of all – have some fun. Our portfolios will be viewed by art directors, editors, agents and award-winning illustrators.
We will also have an assignment from Patrick Collins, a Portfolio lesson, Q & A with local children’s literature experts, individual portfolio critiques, and inspiring presentations. Even if you decide not to pay for a one-on-one portfolio review, we encourage you to bring your portfolio, postcards, business cards and dummies, if you have one, to present on our display tables at no charge.

Following Illustrator's Day our attendees will have the opportunity to submit their work to any of the faculty with whom they feel their work is a strong fit. This conference is open to published and unpublished authors and illustrators. AVAILABILITY IS LIMITED. Portfolio critique slots fill up quickly, so if you want a particular person to critique your portfolio, register NOW and give your career the boost that it deserves!

SCBWI SF/South uses PayPal. If you don't have a PayPal account–don't worry! You can either sign up for one, or you can pay using a credit card. When you click to pay for your registration, you will be sent to a PayPal landing page. On the right, under CHOOSE A WAY TO PAY, you can either log into your existing PayPal account, or click "Don't Have a PayPal Account?" You will then have the option to pay with a credit card, or sign up for a new PayPal account.

Refund Policy:
A refund of the registration fee, minus a $10 administrative fee will be available up until 
August 28, 2014. After August 28, refunds will only be allowed for family/personal emergency or if someone from the waiting list takes your slot.

Paid Portfolio Review:
Attendees can opt to pay an additional fee of $55 to have a 20-minute one-on-one portfolio review with ONE of our attending faculty members. One portfolio review per attendee, please. 

Individual Portfolio Critiques will be offered by: 

Angela Dominguez Award-Winning Author/Illustrator
Patrick Collins Creative Director Henry Holt Books for Young Readers 
Kristine Brogno Children's Design Director, Chronicle Books
John Clapp Professor of Illustration, San Jose State University
Abigail Samoun Agent – Red Fox Literary
Dana Goldberg Freelance Children’s book editor – Exploratorium
Mira Reisberg, Ph.D. Hummingbird Literary, agent/founder
Julie Downing Author/Illustrator and children’s lit teacher

NOTE: Each reviewer has a limited number of available slots. Please select your preferred reviewer in the "Event Extras" options below. If your first choice for a reviewer is sold out, you will need to select a different reviewer.

Paid Art Director Assignment:
Patrick Collins from Henry Holt will give an assignment to the first 15 illustrators who sign up to create a one page spread for a manuscript. He will critique the sketches during the summer and the final images at the conference. There will be an additional charge of $55 for this incredible chance to work with an art director. Attendees may select this option plus one portfolio review, subject to availability.

Portfolio Display:
Illustrators are invited to bring portfolios for display along with business cards, postcards and book dummies. No charge. There will be private viewings of all the portfolios by our faculty–an amazing opportunity for your art to be noticed.

We look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, please contact SCBWI SF/South's Illustrator Coordinator Lea Lyon at