Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Workshop Intensive for Illustrators: Observer Ticket

Date(s) - 09/12/2020 - 09/26/2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

If you are joining us for Illustrator Month and you wanted to participate in the Workshop Intensive but didn’t sign up in time to grab one of the 15 participant slots, this opportunity is for you!


Join us as an observer and learn as you watch Chad Beckerman art direct and critique the participant’s illustrations and art over two Saturdays in September.


Workshop Intensive | September 12 and 26, 10am, over Zoom

Observers: $10

A two-part workshop. On September 12th, Chad Beckerman will art direct and critique the participants’ illustrations in response to the challenge he will assign at the start of Illustrator Month. Two weeks later, on September 26, Mr. Beckerman will review, art direct and critique participants’ final art. Learn from his comments on your colleagues’ art!



Chad brings over 20 years of illustration and design experience to the Agency. After studying illustration as an undergrad at RISD, Chad went on to be a Designer at Scholastic, a Senior Designer at Greenwillow Books, and then became the Creative Director at ABRAMS Kids and Comic Arts, where he spent 13 years overseeing the design of 250 books a year – from picture books, to novels, to graphic novels, and art and entertainment books. Chad is behind the aesthetic for over forty New York Times bestselling and award-winning books including the blockbuster Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney, the Caldecott honor and Corretta Scott King Award winning Trombone Story, illustrated by Brian Collier, and the Newbery Medal honor books El Deafo, and Heart of the Samurai.

He executed the design architecture for countless series including Origami Yoda by Tom Angelberger, The Questioneers (Iggy Peck, Rosie Revere, Ada Twist) by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, Frank Einstein by Jon Scieszka and Brian Biggs, The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John, The Sisters Grimm and Jared Chapman’s Vegetables in Underwear.

Chad’s greatest joy is working with illustrators, he recently joined The CAT Agency : as an illustration agent, he is busy curating and cultivating a unique group of artists who are inspiring and innovating in children’s literature. Chad represents illustrators and author/illustrators from all over the globe, who create artwork for all ages and genres.

In addition to representing illustrators, Chad offers packaging of picture books, graphic novels and middle-grade series books through his design studio CWB Art & Design (

Chad lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his cat, Kentucky. He has an impeccable eye, a quick wit and gave himself a pandemic haircut that you should ask him about.


Important Note: Illustrator Month events will NOT be recorded. These are live events on Zoom and you must participate live in the events at the scheduled times to participate.