Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illustrator’s Conference 2020 “Elevate Your Art”

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Date(s) - 03/07/2020
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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


10th Annual Illustrator’s Conference “Elevate Your Art”

March 7, 2020, Salt Lake City, Utah

Schedule /Registration Faculty Bios • CritiquesPortfolio ShowcaseConference AssignmentsFAQ


Registration for our 2020 Utah/South Idaho Illustrators Conference is now OPEN.

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SCBWI members, login to this website to get the discounted member pricing. Non-members, if you’d like to become a member before you register, go here.



Below is the list of our fantastic faculty. Read more about them here

Jim Hoover- Art Director at Viking Children’s books

Vanessa Brantley Newton – Author-illustrator

Brooke Smart -Illustrator


Portfolio Critiques

You may purchase portfolio and/or dummy reviews with our art director Jim Hoover. More Information available here.

Haven’t been to our illustrator’s conference before? Read the highlights from past conferences here.


Conference Schedule:

8:30 – 9:00 Breakfast, networking, set up portfolios and grab a seat

9:00 – Welcome and Announcements

9:15 – Jim Hoover: Picture Books and Illustrated Middle Grade: How to Work with an Art Director

10:15- 12:15: Portfolio reviews with Jim Hoover begin

10:15 – Brooke Smart: Finding Your Niche

11:15 – Character Design Drawing Session with Vanessa, (More information here)

12:15 – Lunch

1:15- Vanessa Brantley Newton: Diversity Designed by Adversity

2:15 – First Look Slideshow Critiques (More information here)

3:15 – Character Design Critique Groups/ Break out session with Jim Hoover

Kings English Book Store Open

4:15 – Questions and Answers

4:50 – Door Prizes and Portfolio Contest Winners Announced

5:00 – Book signing