Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Saturday Faculty and Sessions

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E.B. Lewis


Inspired by two artist uncles, as early as the third grade, Lewis displayed artistic promise. Beginning in the sixth grade, he attended the Saturday morning Temple University School of Art League and studied with Clarence Wood. Lewis attended the Temple University Tyler School of Art. There, he discovered his medium of preference was watercolor. In 1992, E.B. began painting illustrations for the book, Fire On The Mountain and his career as an “Artistrator” was launched.  To date E.B. Lewis has illustrated over 50 picture books and has received numerous awards.

E.B. will lead us through two sessions
The Hook of the Book:  Looking at a series of images to examine the effectiveness of emotion, narrative, and anticipation in storytelling.
Writing with Pictures:  Exploring the visual language and how it relates to illustrating picture books.

Heather Alexander
Agent, Pippin Properties

How to Build Your Brand: For Illustrators
A discussion of styles, social media, and how to focus your efforts to break into illustrating for children’s books.

Heather Alexander came to Pippin after six years in editorial at Dial. Some of her favorite projects include Mr. Pants, It's Go Time! by Scott McCormick and RH Lazzell, Nerve by Jeanne Ryan (soon to be a movie), and The Thing About Yetis by Vin Vogel, discovered through SCBWI. Heather loves strong characters and stories that change a person forever. She’s looking for picture books through young adult. Beautiful writing is everything.
Follow her on Twitter @heatheralexand

Kate Angelella
Freelance Writer and Editor

Revising Our Views On Revision: How to Learn to Love Revising Our Novels
When I worked at S&S, I found that most authors dread revision. Often, they would send me their first drafts hoping that they were done, that their first drafts could also be final drafts. It's understandable; revision is hard work and can sometimes feel like starting completely over again. But during revision  I found these same authors did their best work, had their greatest epiphanies, and showed their most stunning moments of writing brilliance. The truth is, revision is the most essential part of the writing process. It's where the real story is identified and elucidated; where we learn invaluable information about our characters, our stories, and about ourselves, as writers. 

This lecture will discuss revision in detail– we'll go over the do's and don'ts of revising for an editor, teacher or workshop, discuss how to approach the revision process fearlessly, learn how to take the pain out of this integral part of the writing process, and discover how to embrace revision in order to turn out our best writing yet.

Kate Angelella is a freelance writer and editor. Kate recently moved to Baltimore from NYC, where she spent several years as an editor for Aladdin, Simon & Schuster, and reading for Donadio & Olson. Kate acquired many books at S&S– including 2009 Coretta Scott King /John Steptoe award-winner, The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon. Kate has written work-for-hire books, such as Nancy Drew, and is currently at work on a new original YA novel.

Fred Bowen

Writing My Way to a Better Life
Fred Bowen shares how he created a second career, going from a government lawyer to an author of middle grade fiction and Washington Post/KidsPost columnist. Bowen is the author of 19 sports novels for ages 8 -12 that go beyond the play-by-play. He weaves in big issues, such as dashed hopes and flawed role models, and loops in a little real sports history. He’s also the author of a picture book biography of Red Sox slugger Ted Williams. With insight and lots of humor, he will get you to think in new ways about sports and writing stories that are more than they seem.

Fred Bowen is the author of 20 action-packed books for kids, including his most recent, Double Reverse.  He also has written a weekly sports column for kids in The Washington Post since 2000. Fred holds a degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from George Washington University. He was a lawyer for thirty years before retiring to become a full-time children’s author.  Fred lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife Peggy Jackson. They have two grown children.   Visit his website at


Carol Burrell 
Freelance Editor

All About the Graphic Novel
The graphic novel is still finding its level in the market and finding new ways to cover all the interests of its potential audience—and the interests of its potential creators, both writers and artists considering whether their stories might suit a graphic format. We’ll take a look at graphic novels (and their overlap with Wimpy Kid-type books); the state of the industry; the potential for more fiction and nonfiction comics; ;differences in graphic novels for the different age groups; and trends to watch out for.

Freelance editor Carol Burrell was previously the editorial director of Graphic Universe, the graphic novel imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, and is the creator of the web comic SPQR Blues ( She has also been an editor at Abrams and at Clarion Books, where she worked on several Newbery Award–winning titles.

Amy Cloud
Editor, Aladdin Books, Simon & Schuster

Crafting Come-Alive Chapter Book Characters
Chapter books occupy that often overlooked space between picture books and more fully developed middle grade and YA, yet some of the most beloved characters in children's literature come from chapter books. From Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and Amelia Bedelia to Clementine and Junie B. Jones, characters in the early reader space can connect and stay with children in a way no other character can. In this workshop you'll learn the ins and outs of crafting chapter-book characters with heart, dimension, and internal consistency—the kind of characters kids will relate to, love, and want to return to again and again. We'll go through examples of what makes a character sing and the concrete steps you can take to ensure your characters are robust enough to hold the hard-to-capture attention of a 6-10 year old. We'll also discuss techniques that will help your chapter-book characters stand out to prospective editors and agents.

Amy Cloud is an editor at Aladdin Books at Simon & Schuster, where she has edited everything from picture books to nonfiction, though her heart is in realistic middle-grade and tween novels and humorous chapter books. She’s on the lookout for engaging, relatable characters—especially boy protagonists; quirky voices; unique concepts; and gut-busting humor. At Aladdin she’s lucky enough to work with talent such as Bruce Coville, Debbie Dadey, and Jen Malone and Gail Nall. Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, Amy was an editor at Callaway Arts & Entertainment, where she edited books by best-selling authors such as David Kirk, Madonna, and Jill Abramson.

Emily Feinberg
Assistant Editor, Roaring Brook Press

The Importance of Narrative in Nonfiction
In this session we’ll look at nonfiction as a way to tell a story. What is the art behind telling a true story? What are they key elements you need to make your nonfiction manuscript stand out? 

Emily works mostly with picture book and nonfiction titles. Coming up, she has nonfiction picture books Coyote Moon (illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline) and Highway Hawks (illustrated by Brian Floca), both by Maria Gianferrari as well as some picture books she hopes kids will fall in love with. While she is always looking for solid, voice-driven picture books and middle grade, she also particularly loves nonfiction for young readers of all ages. Emily is not an editor of fantasy.

Carrie Howland
Agent, Donadio & Olson

Beyond the Query Letter: Finding an Agent Through Conventional, and Not-So-Conventional, Methods
More and more authors are finding agents through unconventional methods like online pitch contests, twitter, blogs, and other social media platforms. In this talk, we’ll explore both the traditional methods, like query letters, but also discuss the many new and exciting ways to pitch an agent.

Carrie Howland is a literary agent at Donadio and Olson, Inc., where she represents literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, young adult, and middle grade authors. In addition to her own clients, she handles foreign, first serial, and audio rights for the agency. Carrie is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives and writes for its newsletter. Carrie holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Albion College. In her spare time, Carrie volunteers as a foster for a local dog rescue. You can follow her on twitter at @ecarriehowland or learn more about Donadio & Olson at

Travis Keller

Using Crowdfunding to “Kickstart” Your Career as a Writer/Illustrator

In this lecture I will describe my experiences using Kickstarter to fund putting together my portfolio and website for my illustration and artwork. I'll discuss how it went for me, what I learned, the pros and cons, and basically, how to go about doing it – defining your project, running your campaign, interacting with other kickstarter, and so on. I will hand out a brief checklist/outline.

I started drawing as a draftsman initially and started creating children’s art after having my own kids.
Children’s art affords me the opportunity to be myself and have fun reimagining my own childhood plus monsters. I am an experienced digital artist working in Photoshop, Zbrush, Sketch up and Maya.


Razvan E. Miutescu
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

The Arts from a Legal Perspective
Do you have a question about contracts, structuring your business, or copyright and intellectual property?  Send it to .  At our conference, Razvan Miutescu, an attorney with Gorman & Williams, will give an overview based on our interests.  Repeat after me, an overview, not specific legal advice.  He will also introduce us to the pro bono services of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

Susan Raab
President, Raab Associates, Inc

Finding Your Marketing Voice
Marketing is often among the biggest challenge arts professionals face because it’s crucial to success, but requires time and attention that can conflict with the resources needed to do artistic work. This session will look at what can be done to establish a sound foundation for marketing. We’ll explore how to use promotional time well and look at guidelines for evaluating what’s important to do at different stages to build a meaningful brand.

Susan Raab is President of Raab Associates,, which is dedicated to marketing children’s books and family products and working to promote the arts. She’s Marketing Adviser to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators; writes the “To Market” column for SCBWI’s Bulletin; and is the author of An Author’s Guide to Children’s Book Promotion. She consults on marketing and branding and reports on marketing trends on TV, radio and in the press.