Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

First Looks Webinar with Art Director Diane Earley

Date(s) - 05/16/2019
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


First Looks Webinar with Diane Earley, Art Director at Charlesbridge 

90 minute webinar

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 8:00 PM Eastern/7:00 PM Central/6:00 PM Mountain/5:00 PM Pacific



Registration with in-webinar first look critique: SCBWI Members: $40.00; Non-members: $60.00

Registration to view webinar only: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25

Optional written portfolio critique following webinar: $50.00


The first look at your postcard illustration can hook an art director or editor right away – or turn them off immediately. In this webinar, Diane Earley, Art Director at Charlesbridge, gives live feedback on anonymous first looks illustrations. Whether you choose to submit your illustration or just view the feedback our publishing pro offers to others, you’ll gain insights on how to improve your own art. Diane is also offering a limited number of written-only portfolio critiques following the webinar. (Submission date for critiques will be one week after the webinar to allow participants time to revise using what they have learned.) Webinar participants will also have the opportunity to submit to Diane for a limited time after the event.


About the presenter:

Diane Earley is the Art Director at Charlesbridge Publishing, where she works on a variety of titles from picture books to young adult novels. In her 25+ years with Charlesbridge, Diane has designed hundreds of books and worked with many wonderful illustrators, including Wendell Minor, Peter H. Reynolds, Don Brown, Grace Lin, Don Tate, and Priscilla Burris. Creating beautiful, compelling, and diverse books makes every day interesting and rewarding!



To register, fill out the form below. SCBWI members MUST be logged in to get the discounted rate. Registration will close on May 15.

A recording of the webinar will be available for one month after the live event. The recording will be for registered attendees only, so if you can’t make the live event, you can register to view the recording.

Access information for the live webinar will be sent to all registered attendees via email on the morning of the webinar and access information on the recording will be sent out the following day.

Those who select the registration option with in-webinar first page critique must submit their illustration to by May 10. Please follow these formatting guidelines:

  • provide a high resolution JPG file
  • your image should be 300 dpi, but no larger than 5 MB
  • there should not be any writing on the image
  • DO NOT include your name anywhere on the image.
  • Name your file FirstLooks_your initials. For example, Jane Doe’s file would be called FirstLooks_JD.

Instructions for portfolio critiques submissions will be sent out following the live webinar to those who register for this option.

Payment options:
-Online with a credit card (processed through PayPal, no account required)

-Online with a PayPal account balance