Picturebook Polka!

My friend Kate Berube and I are going to give a little talk tomorrow afternoon. The topic will be “Picturebook Polka: the dance of words and images.”  She wrote a nice blog post about it here.

If you’re in the Portland area, I hope you’ll come see us!

Here’s the info from the SCBWI-Oregon events page:


The Next Level Professional Series – November 2014

Topic: Picturebook Polka: the dance of words and images 

How do we know which words are essential to tell our stories? How can we create illustrations that expand on the story instead of just repeating in pictures what is already written in words? And most importantly, how can the two dance together to reveal the heart of the story? In this workshop, we will look at examples of books that attain this balance. Covering issues for both PB writers and PB illustrators (and for those who do both.)

Date(s) – 11/15/2014
2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

TaborSpace, Copeland Commons
5441 SE Belmont – Portland, OR 97215


Fees: This year we will be charging for this wonderful series—sorry, we can’t continue to give the event to you free. Fees pay for the room rental and speaker honorariums. But here are your options:

1. Purchase a Member Pass for $35 for the pass (nonmembers $50) by Nov. 12th, which gives you this session and all the rest of the sessions through April.
2. Preregister for each TNL event, $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers by Nov. 12th for this month.
3. Register at the door and pay $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers after Nov. 12th.


 Every 3rd Saturday through April 2015 except for December


What, Where and When: Ready to bring your writing and illustration skills to The Next Level? Whether you’re plotting a novel or perfecting a picture book, SCBWI Oregon’s professional series will give you tools to advance your career.

Join us on November 15th at Copeland Commons*, upstairs next to the coffee shop, at Tabor Space on 5441 SE Belmont. Doors open at 2:00 pm, and speakers start at 2:15. The series continues through April 2015—but each talk is different, so don’t miss out!

Time:   Doors open at 2:00; Session: 2:15 pm-4pm     

ATTENTION from TaborSpace management:  Parking has become a concern for our neighbors. Please park in the TaborSpace parking lot on SE 54th.  If the lot is full, be very considerate of neighbors’ driveways when parking on the street.

*Location for November only!

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