Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

ArtWorks 2018

Date(s) - 05/05/2018
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Thousand Oaks Public Library
1401 E. Janss Road - Thousand Oaks,

Calling All Illustrators!

SCBWI CenCal Presents

9:30 am to 4:30 pm May 5, 2018
Doors O
pen at 9 am
in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room  

with presentations by
Maria Middleton, Art Director at Random House Children’s Books

“Character 360°

“and Antoinette Portis, best-selling author and illustrator

“How to Wield the Awesome Power of the Picture Book”
Registration open NOW!

– All attendees are encouraged to bring their portfolios along with a promotional card on the day of the event. Attendees will be encouraged to mark their favorite pieces. There will also be a private viewing by our judges and awards for the best portfolio and a runner up.



Submit a sketch showing a character of your choice discovering something, (i.e. discovering life on Mars, discovering they’re going to be a big brother or sister, discovering fairies living in the fridge, etc) Then send your finished sketch as a 300 dpi jpeg  to Tricia Candemeres at no later than April 23, 2018

All submitted sketches will be projected for feedback by faculty and attendees at ArtWorks. Following ArtWorks and using the feedback received that day, each attendee will be invited to take their sketch to final art and then submit it to Tricia Candemeres at for final review by Maria Middleton.


GOLDEN UNICORN ART TOOL EXCHANGE (Better than a White Elephant Exchange)! -This was such a hit the last time that we’re bringing it back this year! Bring a wrapped artist’s tool (pack of paper, brush pen, watercolor set, etc. ) value up to $15 for our gift exchange.


Gather with faculty and your peers for a picnic lunch. The lunch is included in registration. You will receive an email just prior to the event with additional reminders and a link to place your lunch order.

Doors Open at 9 am

Members – $85 
Non-Members -$100
(Boxed lunch included)


Refund Policy: Cancellations prior to April 30, 2018 will receive a refund less a $15 handling fee. No refunds will be given after April 30, 2018.


MARIA T. MIDDLETON is the middle-grade Art Director for Random House Children’s Books. She began her career at HarperCollins and spent nearly a decade designing award-winning books for ABRAMS Kids. Maria has worked on a wide range of projects, from picture books to non-fiction to young adult novels, most notably: The Lifters by Dave Eggers, illustrated by the Fan Brothers; The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore; the New York Times bestselling Splintered series by A. G. Howard; and the new Babymouse middle-grade series, Tales from the Locker by Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm. Maria is drawn to out-of-the-box thinking, hand-lettered typography, and quirky but lovable characters. She’s a southerner at heart, a New Yorker by choice; a fan of serial commas, strong coffee, and the color red. 



Antoinette Portis made her picture-book debut with the best-selling Not A Box, an ALA Geisel Honor book, and one of the New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Not A Stick was also a New York Times bestseller and A Penguin Story also a New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Book of the Year. She was a recipient of the 2010 Sendak Fellowship.

Antoinette graduated from UCLA with a degree in fine art, then worked in advertising and graphic design. She was a creative director, then a VP, at Disney before she bolted to do what she had always wanted to do: make picture books.

Her recent books for Roaring Brook Press (Froodle, Wait, and Best Frints in the Whole Universe) have received multiple starred reviews. 

Her latest book, Now, garnered 5 starred reviews and was on eight best books of the year lists, including Kirkus, NPR, Huffington Post, and A Mighty Girl. Art from Now was included in the NY Society of Illustrators Original Art Show.

She lives in Los Angeles. Find her at

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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 has a zero-tolerance policy regarding harassment, intimidation, and discrimination. This includes all harassment, intimidation, and discrimination made on the basis of race, age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, religion, class, body size, veteran status, marital/domestic partnership status, citizenship or any other marginalized identity. Harassment includes verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as deliberate intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, and bullying or coercion of any kind, in particular forcing another to accept your beliefs.

The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination at SCBWI programs and activities and is applicable to all SCBWI events and all SCBWI venues, including but not limited to SCBWI events, conferences, meetings, meet-ups, critique groups, and online interactions. Harassment, intimidation, and discrimination at any SCBWI event, any one of the foregoing events, or on-line is prohibited.


Code of Conduct

All participants in SCBWI events and activities, 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:


-Deliberate 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 controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct 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:


-All SCBWI conferences 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 request assistance from any SCBWI officer, employee, or regional team member.


-SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any incident of harassment. 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 can be filled out anonymously or with identifying information. 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 online. Emails will be monitored at all times, including during SCBWI events. SCBWI will fully investigate all complaints, including those made anonymously, and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence. Please note however, 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. SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.




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. 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. Every report will be investigated by a panel consisting of independent consultants specializing in issues of harassment. The results of the investigation and the recommendations of the panel will be reported to the officers of SCBWI, who will determine, in conjunction with the panel or, when appropriate, in consultation with an independent arbiter, the appropriate sanction.

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 the 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;


-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 the event, without refund;


-denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;


-termination of SCBWI membership, without refund;


-prohibition future SCBWI membership





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. 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.


* SCBWI acknowledges the contributions of Geek Feminism, Science Fiction Writers of America, and WisCon for their work in developing anti-harassment policies.



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


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