by Ann Rousseau Smith, CenCal News Liaison



ArtWorks 2016, Report by Tricia Candemeres

On May 7th, Central-Coastal SCBWI held “ArtWorks: How to Craft the Perfect Picture Book” at the Thousand Oaks Library. We were led by fabulous faculty: Kristine Brogno, Design Director of Children’s Publishing at Chronicle Books, and Salina Yoon, award-winning best-selling author/illustrator of nearly 200 books for children.

Salina’s presentation, “Against All Odds,” told of her unique childhood, years as a novelty book creator, and present-day success as a picture book author/illustrator. She invited us to explore her beautiful novelty book dummies, sources of inspiration, and line of stuffed animals being sold at Kohl’s. She imparted valuable tips for submission, acquisition, and process.

Kristine Brogno’s “Words and Pictures/Pictures and Words: What’s the Difference?” showed incredible examples of picture books where text and images play off each other. Kristine offered expert insight as to why they were successful.

This was followed by detailed first-look critiques of submitted artwork, a fun art supply exchange, raffles, and selection of the best promotional card and portfolio by Salina and Kristine. The best promotional card was awarded to Meredith McKean Gimbel. She received a personal consultation with Salina. The winner for best portfolio was, drum roll, me! I received a personal consult with Kristine. It was priceless. Cassandra Federman and Annelouise Mahoney were the runners up. What a day!


Portfolio Display


Winners '16

Our speakers and winners (left to right): Kristine Brogno, Annelouise Mahoney, Tricia Candemeres, Meredith McKean Gimbel, Cassandra Federman, Salina Yoon

You may find illustrator and SCBWI CenCal volunteer, Tricia Candemeres, at triciacandemeres.com and http://tcandemeres.blogspot.com/


Urban Sketch Crawl
Santa Barbara Courthouse

June 11, 2016

SB Old Courthouse tourLeft to right: Ann, our tour guide, Laura-Susan Thomas, Tricia Candemeres, and Alexis O’Neill. 


Save the Dates!

For information, go to http://cencal.scbwi.org/regionalevents/

August 13-20, 2016 – CenCal Critique Week. Region-wide.

October 15, 2016 – Writers’ Day, Thousand Oaks. Registration opens August 1

December 11, 2016 – Holiday Party, Santa Barbara

January 13-15, 2017 – Writers Retreat, Santa Barbara



Book Talk is a monthly book discussion group taking place on the SCBWI Central-Coastal California listserv. Discussions begin on the first of each month, facilitated by Lynn Becker (lynnb@mac.com) To become a member of the listserv, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/SCBWI-CCal/

AUGUST: The War that Saved my Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (MG). The moving story of Ada, born with a club foot and kept prisoner by her mother until London’s children are evacuated in WWII—2016 Newbery Honor Book.

SEPTEMBER: Waiting, by Kevin Henkes (PB). A perfect example of how to write a successful “quiet” picture book.

OCTOBER: The Nest, by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Jon Klassen (MG). Creepy! with wasps!!