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Illustrator Day 2019 – Reaching Inside

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Date(s) - 08/17/2019
12:00 am - 5:00 pm

Skirvin Hotel
1 Park Avenue - Oklahoma City, OK 73102


Oklahoma SCBWI Presents


Illustrator Day 2019

“Reaching Inside”

With Art Director Chad Beckerman and

Illustrator Marsha Riti

Are you trying to deliver more heart to your illustrations? Seeking new ways to find the soul of the story through your art, and give children and adults alike the magical experience the story deserves? Our Illustrator-focused event will help you do that!


Illustrator Marsha Riti

Marsha Riti is a two-time SCBWI Austin Regional Conference portfolio winner, published illustrator for more than twelve of the Critter Club series of books (Simon & Schuster), co-moderator of the successful Austin SCBWI Illustrator’s Critique Group, and classically-trained fine artist with a BFA in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin.

Marsha’s intensives will give you ways to explore and discover the heart of your illustration work through groundbreaking exercises designed to bring your work to life in wonderful new ways.


Art Director Chad Beckerman

Chad W. Beckerman is an award-winning designer and creative director. He has worked at ABRAMS where he oversaw the design of picture books, novels, graphic novels and art and entertainment books. He currently works for both SmartInk LLC and  Levine Querido Books. 

He is the designer behind such successful children series as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Origami Yoda, Rosie Revere, Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, Frank Einstein, The Terrible Two, Bill Nye’s Jack and Geniuses. In addition he is the art director and designer behind  over forty New York Times bestselling books including the Caldecott Honor and Corretta Scott King Award winning Trombone Shorty illustrated by Bryan Collier, and Newbery Medal honor books El Deafo by Cece Bell and Heart of the Samuari.

Chad has worked with a huge array of artists including, Art Spiegelman, John Hendrix, Jillian Tamaki, Isabelle Arsenault, Bryan Collier, Brian Selznick, Jules Fieffer, Sophie Blackall,  Cory Godbey, Victo Ngai, Yuko Shimizu, and Jeff Kinney.  

Chad now runs his own design studio in Brooklyn. : Clients include: Wimpy Kid, Inc., Harpercollins/Greenwillow, SmartInk Books LLC, Levine Querido, LionsForge Comics, FTRF Foundation, ABRAMS

Chad will present a keynote, answer questions regarding the industry and present a pre-event assignment designed to not only challenge but help you discover ways to find or strengthen your illustration style, and will be critiqued by him, with more exercises at the event! (Pre-event assignment to be given upon registration confirmation.)



The Oklahoma SCBWI 2019 Illustrator Day is Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 9 AM to 6:00 PM. The cost includes lunch. Prices are:

  • Early-bird Member (Before June 17th) – $75.00
  • Member (From June 18th until August 17th) – $95.00
  • Non-Member Early-bird (Before June 17th) – $125.00
  • Non-member Student**(From June 18th until August 17th) – $105.00
  • Non-member (From June 18th until August 17th) – $145.00
What are my payment options?
You may pay via Debit/Credit card or mail a check (You will not be considered registered until the check clears the bank) to:
1205 S. Air Depot #199
Midwest City, OK 73110


Is lunch included? Yes, lunch is included in the prices. Coffee, tea and water also will be provided. Breakfast is not provided.


Membership: The difference between the non-member ticket price and the member price is equivalent to roughly half a year’s membership. If you would like to become a member before registering, you can do so at

**SCBWI has a Student membership. If you are a Student SCBWI member, you can login to the website and get a discount that’s lower than the Member rate. For more information about Student member, go to


Hotel Information: The Skirvin is giving us a special rate of $139 a night until July 17, 2019. Please click on this link to go to their page and book a room:


What to Bring: Bring your favorite art supplies and be prepared to have a challenging and rewarding time of renewal to bring your illustration work to vibrant and soulful new life.


After you have logged in to our website, you can access your registration details by clicking on the My Home button in the top right corner, then clicking Event History in the menu on the left side of the page. A list with all the SCBWI events that you have registered for in the past 2 years will appear. 



We understand that situations change and things come up. If you have to cancel your reservation for the event after you’re registered, you may get a full refund up to July 5th, 2019. After that, you may receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued for portfolio reviews after July 19th, 2019. If you cancel a portfolio review prior to July 19th, 2019, you will get a refund ONLY if there’s a wait list and your spot is filled. No refunds will be issued for reviews that were missed during the event, unless the faculty member performing them has to cancel.



Portfolio reviews cost $40 for a 10-minute one-on-one review. CHAD IS GIVING SCBWI MEMBERS A DISCOUNT: While they last, members pay $32.00 for a portfolio review.

For illustrator portfolio reviews, bring your portfolio on the day of the event.


The Portfolio Showcase offers illustrators a chance to display their work. Portfolios will be on display at the Oklahoma SCBWI Illustrator Day August 17th, 2019, open for viewing by all event attendees and faculty.

To be included in the Portfolio Showcase, you must sign up for it when you register. There is no fee.


SIZE – No wider than 29″ or taller than 12″ when opened (interior page sizes from 8”x10”-11″x14”.)

PORTFOLIO DROP-OFF – 7:30-8:30 am on Saturday, August 17th, 2019. Participants should pick up their portfolios at the end of the day.

LABELED – Make sure your name is located inside your portfolio.

FORMAT – Portfolios should be a standard format, which can lay flat on the display table. For liability reasons, no electronic portfolios, such as iPads, will be allowed as part of the showcase. If you only bring an electronic portfolio, it will not be displayed and your reservation fee will not be refunded.

CONTENT – The portfolio should contain no more than 10-15 representational pieces of your BEST artwork and any dummies or sketchbooks that you may wish to show.

DUMMY BOOK – If you are bringing a book dummy, remember to attach it to your portfolio (a long piece of string or twine is a common solution).

PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS – Any promotional postcards or business cards will be placed alongside the illustrator’s portfolio. For space reasons, nothing beyond a portfolio and postcards (or business cards) will be allowed in the Showcase.

NO PUBLISHED BOOKS – For space reasons, please do not bring copies of published books to display in the Showcase. If you want to include published work, put the artwork in your portfolio.

NO ORIGINAL ARTWORK – Remember NO ORIGINAL ARTWORK should be included in your portfolio. Have high-quality color copies of your art in your portfolio instead.

QUESTIONS? – If you have additional questions about the Portfolio Showcase, please email Illustrator Coordinator Jerry Bennett.


Are there other promotional opportunities for illustrators?

Yes! All illustrator attendees who are members of SCBWI may send us promotional postcards of their work to be included in the faculty gifts. Postcards must be a maximum of 6 inches by 8 inches and must be received by Illustrator Coordinator Jerry Bennett by July 28th, 2019. Illustrators will receive information about how to submit their postcards after they register.


This does not answer all my questions. Who can I ask for more information?

Additional questions can be emailed to OK SCBWI Illustrator Coordinator Jerry Bennett at


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Early Bird Member - $75.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Non-Member Early Bird - $125.00

Non-member Student - $105.00
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The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of its members and will take any and all necessary steps to address and prevent harassment at events associated with SCBWI. Harassment under this policy may include verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention or advances, and bullying or coercion.


The SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment or intimidation at any SCBWI Event. An “SCBWI Event” is any event, meeting or activity that is authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager to be sponsored by, or affiliated with, SCBWI. SCBWI events may include, if properly authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager, the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, the Annual Winter Conference in New York, regional conferences, meetings and meet-ups. This SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy also applies to “SCBWI On-Line Interactions,” which include communications and content posted on, or directed towards, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts or sent through any of the communication tools available on SCBWI’s website, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts under this policy include the official SCBWI accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.



Code of Conduct

All participants in SCBWI Events and SCBWI On-Line Interactions, including faculty, staff, and attendees, are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct. The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits harassment, including but not limited to the following behaviors:

  • intimidation, stalking, or following.
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
  • Inappropriate physical contact.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Abusive verbal comments.
  • Quid pro quo– sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for professional consideration or favors.
  • Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. SCBWI continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of appropriate controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct as stated in this part of the Policy and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.


Reporting Procedures

Any person who believes there has been a violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in one or all of the following ways:

  • Certain SCBWI Events, including the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles and the Annual Winter Conference in New York, will designate one or more Safety Team Members who will be available during the conference to provide a safe space for members to report an incident. The Safety Team Member will report directly to the conference director or regional advisor in charge.
  • A complainant may submit a complaint under this policy to the Director of Community Marketing and Engagement, the Director of Illustration and Artist Programs and/or your Regional Manager.
  • SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any potential incident of harassment under this policy. Anyone who chooses to report an incident can find the Anti-Harassment Report Form on the SCBWI website (About > Anti-Harassment) or use the following link: Reports should include the substance of the complaint, date, and whenever possible, a list of witnesses or a reference to the relevant URLs, if the offense occurred through an SCWBI On-Line Interaction.


SCBWI will investigate all complaints subject to the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. If the policy applies, SCBWI will investigate the matter and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence and protect the environment at SCWBI Events. If a complaint is made anonymously, please note that SCBWI will not be able to follow up on an anonymous report with the complainant directly, as SCBWI will not have contact information for the anonymous complainant. Moreover, anonymous complaints may hinder SCBWI’s ability to investigate the complaint.  SCBWI will take steps to protect the confidentiality of the complaint, to the extent possible.  However, complete confidentiality may not be possible in all circumstances.  SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.

If appropriate, SCBWI may report the incident to local authorities.



The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against a member of the SCBWI community for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination, or for participating in an investigation relating to any complaint made under this policy. The sanctions for retaliation are the same sanctions available to address any other violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy.



SCBWI takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Complaints will be investigated by SCWBI if they fall within the scope of SCWBI’s Anti-Harassment Policy. Depending on the results of the investigation, SCWBI will determine whether a sanction is appropriate.


Sanctions for faculty, speakers, staff or board members may include any of the following:


  • warning the party involved that the particular behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a temporary or permanent basis;
  • withholding of a contracted honorarium;
  • prohibition from future speaking engagements;
  • prohibition from future faculty appointments;
  • expulsion from SCBWI; and/or
  • removal from the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, when appropriate.


Sanctions for attendees, members, and guests can include any of the following:

  • warning the party involved that specified behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event, without refund;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;
  • termination of SCBWI membership, without refund; and/or
  • prohibition of future SCBWI membership.


If the conduct at issue involves one of SCBWI’s employees, SCBWI will handle utilize whatever corrective action is appropriate based on the result of the investigation and subject to SCBWI employment policies and practices.



SCBWI will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties and witnesses. Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect the reputation of all parties involved.



If you wish to file a complaint or an anonymous complaint, CLICK HERE to access the Anti-harassment Report Form.


If you have questions regarding this policy, you may send an email to Please include the words "anti-harassment policy" in the subject line.

I have read and accepted the SCBWI Anti-Harassment policy.