Richard Jesse Watson comes to San Diego!

Attention Artists and Writers! Seeking inspiration, enrichment and fun ? Come to the University of San Diego on Saturday, February 11th, and meet with Richard Jesse Watson! Richard Jesse Watson will open SCBWI San Diego Illustrator & Agents Day, beginning at 8:00 am on February 11, 2012.

Richard Jesse Watson demonstrates his egg-tempera technique

Richard Jesse Watson demonstrates his egg-tempera technique at the SCBWI-LA National Conference (click to enlarge)

Prepare to be enchanted and inspired! Richard will share his love for books, his circuitous path to becoming published, plus exercises in craftsmanship. Loosen your imagination, tighten your writing, and fire-up the artist within. Yes, this is for both artists and writers!

Most recently, two of his titles, The Lord’s Prayer (with commentary by Rick Warren/ZonderKidz) . . .

From "The Lord's Prayer

Three illustrations from "The Lord's Prayer" (above)

. . . and The Night Before Christmas (Clement Moore/HarperChildren’s) were on the NY Times Best Seller lists.


Richard  and I worked together on three of his previous books:  Bronwen, the Traw and the Shapeshifter (AIGA Award Winner,); Tom Thumb (SCBWI Golden Kite Winner, 1990). . . .

cover from "Bronwen, the Traw, and the Shapeshifter," written by James Dickey

cover from "Tom Thumb"

. . . and The High Rise Glorious Skittle Skat Roarious Sky Pie Angel Food Cake (below).

Scene — as seen from an angel's point-of-view from "Sky-High Angel Food Cake"

interior text pages from "High Rise Skittle Scat Sky Pie Angel Food Cake"

Wait, wait…there’s MORE!

Following Richard Jesse Watson, there will be a panel of San Diego agents. What do literary agents look for? What not to do when submitting your work? What’s selling in today’s market? With many publishing houses not accepting unsolicited work, enlisting a knowledgeable agent with a proven track record is essential to a children’s book career.

The moderated panel will include:

Kelly Sonnack at Andrea Brown Literary
Kristy King at Writer’s House
Natalie (Fischer) Lakosil at Bradford Literary
Sara Sciuto Full Circle Literary
Stephanie von Borstel at Full Circle Literary
Taylor Martindale at Full Circle Literary

Tip:  If you are in the southern California region, consider coming down for the day via Amtrak. USD is a 5-minute cab ride from the Old Town Station.

Spaces are filling fast! Go to, and click on the conferences button for the day’s agenda plus details on registering.


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