Upcoming Events

We hope you can join us for these upcoming events!


Third Annual Holiday Field Trip to NYC

When: Friday, December 6, 2019

Where: Society of Illustrators and the New York Public Library, New York, NY

What: This year’s field trip will include

  • A visit to the Society of Illustrators’ “Original Art” Exhibition
  • A presentation from author-illustrator Selina Alko, a Juror of the 2019 “Original Art” show
  • An opportunity to dine together at the 128 Bar & Bistro in the Hall of Fame Gallery on the third floor, featuring works by formidable stars and talented newcomers in the world of illustration
  • A tour of the Children’s Center at the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, of the New York Public Library where Managing Librarian Louise Lareau will give a history of the NYPL’s children’s services both past and present.

Cost: SCBWI members, $25; nonmembers, $30. Costs for transportation and lunch not included.

For more information and to register, click here.


Picture Book Masterclass 2020

When: January 4, March 28, and July 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Branch, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

What: Eastern PA SCBWI’s Picture Book Masterclass 2020 is a six-month intensive workshop for intermediate to advanced author-illustrators. Attendees will learn how to complete a picture book dummy that includes two final illustrations for the same story.

There are three meetings in 2020, which will be held in Center City Philadelphia at the Parkway Central Branch of the Free Library. At each meeting, there will be one to three faculty members who will present about developing a picture book dummy and critique the attendees’ assignments. The faculty will include industry professionals including an agent, published author-illustrator, editor, and an art director.

Registration opens November 16: Members $420; Nonmembers $460. For more information, click here.


PAL Event: ALA Midwinter Book Booth 2020

When: January 25-26, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

What: Thirty PAL members will have the opportunity to share their books at the ALA Midwinter Conference. Signings will span one hour, will be announced in our program and on our social media channels, and authors participating in the signings will be listed in our READ LOCAL campaign for the 2020–2021 school year.

For $40, you can sign up and the chapter will provide you a time to share your books at the booth during the ALA conference on Saturday, January 25 or Sunday, January 26. (You can notify us of any conflicts during the weekend.) Some session times will be in pairs, some will be solo.

At the table you will decide how to use the one-hour signing time. You may sell your books, give away your books, promote giveaways, distribute school visitation materials and teacher guides (or something more than we can imagine to list here!) This is a great opportunity to meet teachers and librarians as well as other professionals in the children’s book industry.

You will be responsible for your admission into the conference in general and must have at the very least an exhibitor hall pass. (Check with your publisher as some publishers have set aside passes for their authors and illustrators.) Here is a link to the ALA registration. If you only sign up for one day, please be sure to let us know so that your time at the SCBWI table can be set for that day. Registration for SCBWI booth time can be found here.

SCBWI has a zero-tolerance policy against harassment of any kind. Any violation of this policy is actionable.

1 Response to Upcoming Events

  1. Kim Briggs says:

    Adam Lehrhaupt made us laugh with his entertaining monkey book, Do Not Open This Book.

    Bryan Collier demonstrated that hard work and determination pays off and his artwork was nothing short of inspiring. For 7 years, he hit the pavement until one day, someone said YES.

    Debbie Dadey taught us that a ‘no’ means you get back to the keyboard or the canvas and KEEP going.

    Linda Oatman High made us excited to be a writer and/or illustrator. Stories exist in even the smallest picture.

    And that was just Saturday morning!

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