Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illustrator’s Conference Portfolio Critiques

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We’re thrilled to offer portfolio review or book dummy reviews with Jim Hoover at this year’s illustrator conference

• There are ten spots available

• The fee is $50.

• You will get a ten minute one on one session with Jim to talk about your work and how to improve it.


Breakout Session

• In addition to your critique, we will have a breakout session with Jim. This is included in your critique price. This session will go over tips for your portfolio and common portfolio pitfalls.

Breakout Session Only

• There will also be an additional ten spots open for the breakout session available that does not include the one on one portfolio review. The fee for the breakout session without a one on one review is $15.


Waitlist: Once reviews sell out, there are occasional cancellations. So, if you’d like a review, make sure to register for the waitlist, and we’ll let you know if a spot comes available. We take names from the waitlist on a first-come, first-serve basis.


What to bring for your review

This year portfolio reviews can be digital or physical. (This is not the same as for the portfolio showcase, see guidelines for that here.)

 If you’d like to bring an iPad or laptop and have your online/website portfolio reviewed you are welcome to do so. Otherwise, you may use the portfolio you’ve entered in the showcase. For those size and content guidelines, click here. You do not need to bring two portfolios if you sign up for the review and the showcase. You’ll be able to use the same portfolio for each.