Last November after Fall Philly, EPA member Berrie Torgan-Randall approached me and RA Kim Briggs about the possibility of offering Mike Malbrough’s “Portfolio Development Workshop” in Eastern PA. I knew the NJ chapter had successfully run the program in the fall and so I was excited to offer it here. With Berrie’s help, we picked a date and started planning. On Saturday January 27th, twenty illustrators met at the Free Library of Philadelphia to hear author-illustrator Mike Malbrough share his insight on how to make our portfolios stand out from the competition and fully engage art directors, agents and editors. Thank you, Berrie, for suggesting this fantastic workshop!
Tell me, Berrie, how long have you been an SCBWI member?
I attended my first SCBWI event in 2010 and became a member in 2013.
What have been your favorite SCBWI programs?
I find a get a lot out of the events organized by the regional chapters. Compared to the large national events in LA and NY, the Pocono Retreat provides more opportunities to meet an agent and a more personalized and longer review of first look assignments. I also feel like I grow every time I attend an SCBWI event and love learning how I can improve my portfolio.
Are there any workshops you’d like our chapter to offer in the future?
It would be great to have an expert talk about marketing, social media and website development. I heard a lecture through the Corzo Center featuring Susan Raab from Raab associates about marketing for artists. I think she’d be a great speaker for an upcoming event.
Will you volunteer again?
Yes! As we speak, I’m helping to organize the sketch crawl at the Academy of Natural Sciences on March 16th. I hope to meet new members there!
lllustrators, if you’d like to volunteer or suggest a workshop for our chapter, please contact Virginia Law Manning, EPA Illustrator Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
EPA member Berrie Torgan-Randall is an author-illustrator and librarian, living in Media, PA. She illustrated FOR BREAKFAST I ATE A PEANUT CHEW written by Elizabeth Pearson Welsh, which was a featured title in EPA’s “Love Made Visible.” Similar to OTTO: THE BOY WHO LOVED CARS by Kara LaReau, FOR BREAKFAST I ATE A PEANUT CHEW explores what happens when a child’s love for cars/candy becomes obsessive. As the mother of a boy who lived and breathed trains for four years, I can definitely relate!!! To learn more about Berrie Torgan-Randall, please visit her illustrator website at https://www.berrietr.com/