Upcoming Events

2018 Is Going To Be A Great Year for EPA SCBWI!

Saturday January 27th, 9 AM to 4 PM

EPA SCBWI “Portfolio Development Workshop with Author-Illustrator Mike Malbrough” at the Free Library of Philadelphia. All artists looking for work in the children’s book industry need an illustrator’s portfolio with images that best represent their work. The portfolio is an illustrator’s most important marketing tool when soliciting agents, art directors, and editors whether online or at conferences. Author-illustrator Mike Malbrough will walk us through “The Do’s and Don’ts of Portfolio Development” and help us set our portfolio goals for 2018.


Friday February 9th, 10 AM to 12 noon

Bucks County Meet & Greet at Towne Book Center, Collegeville, PA. Join us at this free event to hear EPA member Jennifer Hanson Merutka discuss her role as store book buyer. The store’s event coordinator Sean Curan will then talk to our group about the elements of successful store events. Following the presentations, there will be time to ask questions, browse and mingle.


Friday March 16th

Sketch Crawl at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Illustrators and writers, I hope to see you on March 16th to be inspired by the animals on display at the Academy of Natural of Natural Sciences. Bring a sketchpad and pencils or your imagination and writing journal and bring the beasts to life! More details to come.


Saturday April 7th, 9 AM to 1 PM

“Harrisburg Adventure” Field Trip. EPA members who attended the “Holiday Field Trip to NYC” had a blast. Now, we’re bringing it home! Join us for a day of adventure in our State Capitol! We’ll see the murals by pioneer artist Violet Oakley and visit the Midtown Scholar, a one-of-a-kind bookstore in a renovated movie theater. Then we’ll head to the Millworks for the highlight of our trip–a tour of Lauren Castillo’s and Jonathan Bean’s art studio! Finally, we’ll relax and refresh ourselves at the historic Broad Street Market over lunch.


Saturday April 14th, 9 AM to 4:30 PM—Meeting 1 of “The Picture Book Masterclass.” This intensive six-month workshop is designed for intermediate to advanced illustrators who have a story idea or manuscript they would like to illustrate. At every meeting, attendees will receive personal feedback from two publishing professionals: the mentor agent and a special guest. Our mentor agent exclusively represents children’s book authors and illustrators, including our first special guest, an up-and-coming, published author-illustrator whose debut picture book releases February this year. At the second meeting, illustrators will receive feedback on their revised story and thumbnails from the mentor agent and a senior book designer. At the last meeting, our agent and an art director will review and critique participants’ dummies and two final illustrations. Meeting #2 is Saturday July 20th and meeting #3 is Saturday October 20th. Meetings #2 and 3 will take place at the Free Library of Philadelphia.


Friday-Sunday, May 4-6 Annual Pocono Retreat

Details coming soon!


Tuesday June 19th–Lee Harper Studio-in-a-Barn-on-the-Farm Tour, Doylestown, PA.

Celebrate the birthday of READY OR NOT, WILBUR GOES TO SCHOOL with the book’s illustrator Lee Harper.  Lee will offer guests a tour of his studio, talk to attendees about his artistic journey, and sign copies of his book. Lee Harper is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator best known for his popular series of picture books Turkey Trouble, Turkey Trick or Treat, and Turkey Claus, written by Wendi Silvano.








One 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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