Society of
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Illustrator’s Conference 2019 “The Illustrator’s Journey”

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Date(s) - 03/02/2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Sons of the Utah Pioneers
3261 E. 2920 S. - Salt Lake City, Utah 84109


March 2, 2019, at the Sons of the Utah Pioneers Building,

3301 East Louise Ave., Millcreek, Utah 84109




8:30 – 9:00 Bagels and water, networking, set up portfolios ($5 for portfolio display) and grab a seat

9:00 – Welcome and Announcements

9:15 – Kevin Lewis –Form Follows Function: Writing for the Very Young

(Portfolio Reviews with Kevin begin)

10:15 – Julie Olsen –Agents: Who, What, Why, When, How

11:15 – Molly Idle –Motion Pictures to Picture Books

12:15 – Lunch

1:15 – First Look

2:15 – Networking with Illustrator to Illustrator

2:45 – Questions and Answers

3:30 – Door Prizes and Portfolio Contest Winners Announced

3:40 – Book signings


Make sure you purchase books ahead of time and bring them to the conference to get them signed.

Here are their author pages on Amazon.

Molly Idle

Julie Olson

Kevin Lewis




Portfolio Display

Portfolio display costs $5 at registration. Local art directors are invited to view portfolios as well as our visiting faculty.

Utah/Southern Idaho Chapter of SCBWI is excited to announce it’s first ever Portfolio Contest at the 2019 Illustrators Conference in Salt Lake City. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place 130C4937-08A9-40A8-AA48-3632C6CE3A47winners will have their artwork promoted on the chapter’s website. In addition, 3rd place will receive a $25 gift card to Dick Blick. 2nd place will receive a $50 gift card to Dick Blick. First place will be invited to feature their work on promotional material for the 2020 Illustrators conference and receive $300 payment for their work.

The contest is open to participants in the portfolio showcase at the 2019 Illustrators Conference in SLC, UT.


Submission Guidelines:

  • You must have a physical portfolio on display at the 2019 Illustrators Conference.
  • No digital Portfolios.
  • Portfolios should be no larger than 11 x 14 when closed.
  • They must be bound (no loose pages).
  • Your portfolio must contain 12-20 images that are appropriate for the children’s market.
  • No original paintings or drawings (use printouts instead).
  • One set of contact information cards such as a postcard or business cards can sit with your portfolio.
  • You may display one or two book dummies to the portfolio attached with a string.


A winning portfolio will contain:

  • 12-20 images presented in a clean and professional manner.
  • Images appropriate for the children’s book and magazine market. (Lots of children and animals is a good place to start).
  • Artwork with a consistent voice.
  • Good flow of images from page to page.

The results of the contest will be announced at the close of the Illustrators Conference.


First Look is free to enter and Limited first 20 Artists

Click here for First Look Details


Early Bird Registration before February 2, 2019

  • SCBWI Members:  $80
  • Students:  $90
  • General public:  $100
  • Portfolio Display:  $5
  • Portfolio or Book Dummy Review with Kevin Lewis $45

Registration after February 2, 2019

  • SCBWI Members:  $90
  • Students:  $105
  • General Public:  $115
  • Portfolio Display:  $5
  • Portfolio or Book Dummy Review with Kevin Lewis $45

First Look


CANCELLATION POLICY: There is a $20 administrative fee for any cancellation on or before February 9, 2019. Manuscript consultations and critiques are non-refundable. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GRANTED AFTER February 9, 2019.


Kevin Lewis


Kevin Lewis is the author of many children’s picture books for toddler and early elementary grades including the classics Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo and My Truck is Stuck (both illustrated by Daniel Kirk), Halloween favorite The Runaway PumpkinLot at the End of My BlockDinosaur DinosaurTugga-Tugga Tugboat, and Not Inside This House.

Kevin grew up on his grandparents’ farm in Rembert, South Carolina. Around the third grade, he fell in love with books, and by middle school, Kevin was a bit of a reading recluse. Books carried him through high school and Erskine College, where he studied English. A children’s literature course he thought would be an easy three credits ignited his passion for children’s books, a passion that led him to New York City and his first publishing-related job at the legendary bookstore, Books of Wonder.

For over two decades, Kevin has been one of the most highly regarded children’s book editors in the industry. At Scholastic Inc., he worked with Dav Pilkey on the original Captain Underpants. At Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, where he served as an Editorial Director, Kevin worked with a veritable who’s who of authors and illustrators including Laurie Halse Anderson (Fever 1793, Chains), Spike and Tonya Lee (Please Baby Please), Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles), Derek Anderson and Lauren Thompson (Little Quack), Alex Sanchez (Rainbow Boys), Jim Benton (Franny K. Stein) Angela Johnson, Kadir Nelson, Cynthia Rylant, and Loren Long. As an Executive Editor at Disney Press, Kevin developed and produced the Vampirina Ballerina series and edited books by Matthew Cordell, Barney Saltzberg, and Chris Barton.

In 2018, Kevin became an agent for the Erin Murphy Literary Agency, primarily focusing on writer-illustrators and diverse voices.

These days, Kevin lives in Newburgh, New York in a two-hundred-year-old farmhouse with his husband, Phil, and dog named Kat. Most of the time, you’ll find him gardening in the yard, biking around the Hudson Valley, or sitting on the back porch (which often doubles as his office).

10 Spots for Portfolio Reviews with Kevin Lewis. He will review your website or a book dummy. One or the other. The spots will sell out, so sign up quickly.


Molly Idle


Molly Idle is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Honor-winning picture book Flora and the Flamingo and all of the Flora books. She’s also the creator of the Rex series, which includes Tea Rex and Sea Rex, and the illustrator of People Don’t Bite People. Her newest picture book is the dazzling mermaid tale, Pearl.

As a child, Molly was wielding a pencil and scribbling before she could walk. Her mother, who is also an artist, always encouraged Molly to use her paints and easel. After graduating from Arizona State University with a BFA in Drawing, Molly accepted an offer to work as an artist for DreamWorks Feature Animation Studios, where she worked on a number of films. Then she leapt into the world of children’s book illustration!

These days, Molly lives in sunny Arizona with her marvelous, multigenerational family which includes: her brilliant husband, two mercurial sons, two remarkable parents, and a pair of snugly cats. When she’s not making mischief with her boys or watching old Technicolor musicals, Molly can be found in her workshop with a pencil in one hand and a cup of espresso in the other- scribbling away on her next picture book!


Julie Olsen

E5DCBDFC-36F0-44E9-B8FB-F1381363EAF8In fourth grade, Julie Olson stated that she wanted to be an artist when she grew up, and they printed it in the local paper, so she had to follow through, right? Luckily, things worked out, and after earning a BFA in Illustration at BYU, Julie began her career as an artist. Julie Olson has now been illustrating picture books for nearly 20 years and authoring them for 8. She loves sharing the knowledge and experience she’s gained with others to help them fulfill their dreams as well. You can find out more about Julie, her books, her art, and other helpful information at




Registration Opens November 1, 2018

Early Bird Prices End February 2, 2019

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