Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Artworks 2020

Date(s) - 05/30/2020
9:30 am

Registration is now closed.

Saturday, May 30, 2020 

Two 90 Minute Webinars with
Marissa Moss, Editor/Publisher of Creston Books


Session I    9:30 to 11:00 am:
What Illustrators Bring to Picture Books:
How to Bring a Text to Life   

Session II    1:00 to 2:30 pm
Live feedback and art critiques

$20 SCBWI Members, $30 Non-Members
for BOTH webinars

Illustrators: learn how Creston Books guides and works with illustrators, as well as some basic beginner mistakes to avoid and some considerations to keep in mind. Marissa will also take questions, and in the second half, she will review some participant portfolio images and comment on what makes a strong portfolio.

A limited number of SCBWI member portfolio image reviews will be accepted for review on a first-come, first-served basis for paid participants at no additional cost. UPDATE: All portfolio image review slots are full & the wait list is full. Even if all review slots are filled, you will benefit from hearing Marissa’s commentary on other artists’ work.

*You must sign up for the art image critique ahead of time, upon registration for the webinar. Your image must be received by 5/15 or you will forfeit your slot in the portfolio page review.  No late images will be accepted.

Please submit your art piece to:

SCBWI Cen Cal illustrator coordinator at:
Please submit your file in a jpeg format, with the subject line “Artworks 2020 critique” 

Webinars will be recorded. Participants may attend live or view the recording for up to two weeks after the event. Participants will receive the link to the recordings within 36 hours after the event.

Registration is currently open.

Since this is a webinar with a recording available, we will not give cancellation refunds.

SCBWI events are for adults age 18 or over. No minors are permitted.

This event will be on Zoom. You must download the free Zoom application prior to the event if you wish to attend live.


Marissa Moss

Marissa Moss
Marissa Moss has written more than seventy children’s books, from picture books to middle-grade and young adult novels. Best known for the Amelia’s Notebook series, her books are popular with teachers and children alike. Her young adult novel, A Soldier’s Secret: The Incredible True Story of Sarah Emma Edmonds, a Civil War Hero, won the California Silver Book Award. Barbed Wire Baseball, a picture book biography won the California Book Award, Gold medal and was named an ALA Notable Book and a Notable Book for Social Studies this year. Her books have been translated into French, Spanish, Chinese, Indonesian, Korean, and Polish. Her first adult book, Last Things: a Graphic Memoir of Loss and Love, won the Cowan Award.

In 2013, Moss founded Creston Books, starting the small children’s press with a Kickstarter campaign. Dedicated to strong storytelling, the creator-centered house hopes to give debut and established authors a bigger role in their books, from design to marketing. Each list of four titles has a good balance of picture book and older readers, debut authors and well-known names, and strives to showcase the very best in children’s books. Of the nineteen titles published so far, a third have earned starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly, three are Junior Library Guild selections, one was named a Notable Book for Social Studies, one an Outstanding Trade Science Book, Cook Honor Book, Eureka Gold Medal Winner, and Amelia Bloomer book, and three made the Kirkus Best Books lists.



This event is fully booked.