4 | Illustrators & SCBWI

You were a participant at the recent SCBWI Illustrator’s Intensive in NYC. Could you tell us about your activities there?

Melanie Hope Greenberg: I facilitated and introduced the students to the faculty, including Pat Cummings, an author, illustrator and educator at Parsons School of Design. Took care of necessary details, plus serving the cookies and food 🙂

I got to sit in on Pat’s informative session with the illustrators who came with a portfolio sample. As their art was critiqued we learned what works and what doesn’t work for picture books.

We then joined another group working with Simon and Schuster’s art director, Laurent Linn. Pat and Laurent answered random questions from the audience. This conference had great information and was fun.

I’ve served on the SCBWI NY Metro steering committee for over 15 years. I’ve done so many things; sent welcome mailings; write articles for the Tuesday Professional Series (and recently was a speaker for the Series); manage their Conferences and Courses lists; even haul chairs and serve cookies.

SCBWI NY Metro Steering Committee member:

Articles I’ve written for the SCBWI NY Metro Tuesday Night Professional Series
1) http://metro.nyscbwi.org/news/diamond/

2) http://metro.nyscbwi.org/news/say-yes-with-dan-yaccarino/

3) http://metro.nyscbwi.org/news/zuckerman/

Joy Chu: Wow. These are excellent articles, Melanie. Thank you for sharing them. I didn’t know you wrote features on the business too.

MHG: Writing for the NY Metro on line newsletter is fun. I like it 🙂

Suzanne Santillan: What great articles! Thanks for sharing them.

Erin Taylor: I always see the Tuesday Professional Series in the SCBWI Bulletin and wish that I was close enough to attend. Is it held every Tuesday or once a month? Maybe when I visit I can make it to one, they sound like a great thing to be a part of.

MHG: Erin, the Professional Series is held monthly from Oct through June.

Judy Salinsky: You mentioned “art was critiqued we learned what works and what doesn’t work for picture books.” Is it possible to go more in depth about this topic?

[See Question 5 for a reply to this query]

MHG: How fantastic that author Anne Rockwell is on Facebook. Here’s an album of the book we did together.

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