Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Sat. Jun 11 – Picture Book Intensive

Date(s) - 06/11/2022
10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Picture Book Intensive


Saturday, June 11, 2022
10:00 am – 1:30 pm PT
Virtual Zoom Event



$40 for members  /  $50 for non-members
Registration closes June 10th at 6pm

Join us for a thrilling half-day of events for picture book writers!

Our outstanding faculty will provide practical information and guidance about the picture book market, what agents and editors are currently looking for, how to get your PB manuscript into shape, how to quickly generate multiple picture book ideas in a short time, how to effectively tell your story in 32 pages.

The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants a few days before the event.

A recording will be available to all registrants for up to 30 days after the event.


10:00 am Agent& Editor Panel with Q&A

Discover what picture book agents and editors are currently looking for, how they select manuscripts, tips for getting your manuscript pitch and query ready, and more! Clarissa Wong, Executive Editor at Scholastic; Stefanie Molina, Agent at Ladderbird Literary Agency; and Jennifer Rofé, senior agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency, will discuss publishing picture books in-depth with our moderator, award-winning picture book author Meera Sriram. Additional agents/editors to be announced. Bring your questions for the 30-minute Q&A at the end.

(5 minute break)  
11:30 am Page Turns Are the Engine of Picture Books with author Martha Brockenbrough

Author Martha Brockenbrough breaks down picture books to help writers create stronger stories. She shows you how to improve your manuscript’s plot and pacing framed by the standard 32 page count.

12:00 pm 10 Ideas, 5 Fresh Starts, 1 Quick Draft with author Liz Garton Scanlon

Liz Garton Scanlon’s fun craft workshop dives into her process for generating ideas and quickly drafting your picture books. It’s a hands-on experience where you will be personally create 10 ideas, 5 fresh starts, and 1 quick draft by the end of the workshop. Come prepared for fun, quick activities. Her intention is two-fold:

  • — to help those of you who are “scared of picture books” get a bunch of ideas and a solid beginning on the page, and
  • — to help all the rest of you move on and hold your drafts a little more lightly (less preciously).

Closing Remarks


   Schedule subject to change without notice (but we make every effort to notify you!)


Our Faculty:
Agent & Editor Panel
Clarissa Wong is an executive editor at Scholastic where she edits picture books and graphic novels. Over her career, Clarissa has worked on a dynamic and diverse range of titles, including picture books, graphic novels, early readers, board books, novelty, licensing, and more. She was the editor for a number of wonderful, successful books such as the award winning, Eisner Award nominated, National Book Critics Choice finalist, and national bestseller “The Best We Could Do” by Thi Bui, “Where Are You From?” written by Yamile Saied Méndez and illustrated by Jaime Kim, and NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers “Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins” and “Pete the Cat: Five Little Ducks” by James Dean. What she’s currently looking for.


Stefanie Molina is an agent at Ladderbird Literary Agency. Prior to becoming an agent, Stefanie spent her career advocating for marginalized folks in publishing as a technical editor at a national laboratory, senior editor at the literary journal F(r)iction, and book coach and editor for women of color. She is Asian Latina (Mexican, Japanese, and Irish) and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, both from the University of California at Davis. Aside from reading, she enjoys hiking, swimming, baking, and playing the piano, but spends most of her time spoiling her fur baby Samson. Her favorite place in the world is Yosemite National Park. You can find her on Twitter @fiction_tech. What she’s currently looking for.


Jennifer Rofé is a senior agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency where she represents picture books through young adult. Middle grade is her soft spot and she’s open to all genres in this category, especially the tender, hilarious, or zany. She is always looking for fresh and distinct voices; stories that simultaneously tug at her heartstrings and make her laugh out loud; “adorkable” heroes; and big, developed worlds. In picture books, she enjoys character-driven projects and smart, exceptional writing. Jennifer also represents illustrators and author/illustrators. Some of Jennifer’s clients include Meg Medina, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Crystal Allen, Barry Wolverton, Eliza Wheeler, and Mike Boldt. What she’s currently looking for.


Panel Moderated by:

As an Indian American, Meera Sriram has lived almost equal parts of her life in both countries. Previously an electrical engineer, she now writes for children and advocates for diversifying bookshelves. Meera is the author of several picture books including THE YELLOW SUITCASE, DUMPLING DAY, A GIFT FOR AMMA that received the 2021 South Asia Book Award, and BETWEEN TWO WORLDS which was an American Library Association’s 2022 RISE: A Feminist Book Project selection. Meera has two picture books, A GARDEN IN MY HANDS, and THE SPICE BOX, forthcoming from Knopf/Penguin Random House in 2023 and 2024. Meera has also co-authored several kids’ books published in India. She believes in the transformative power of stories and likes to write about people, places, and experiences less visible in children’s literature. For more information, please visit:


Martha Brockenbrough is the author of more than twenty books for young readers. Her latest release is a chapter book called Frank and the Bad Surprise. She is a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, a Washington State book award winner, and co-chair of the writing for children and young adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Liz Garton Scanlon is the author of numerous beloved books for young people, including the highly-acclaimed, Caldecott-honored picture book, All the World, two middle grade novels, and an upcoming chapter book series. Liz serves as faculty co-chair at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Austin, Texas.



Questions? Contact Colleen Riordan, Co-Regional Advisor

*This event is non-refundable. 

*A Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants a few days before.

*This event will be recorded. A replay will be emailed to all registrants, which will be accessible until July 11, 2022 (30 days after the event).



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