Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Charlesbridge: Portfolio Reviews

Date(s) - 06/11/2020
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

We have an amazing opportunity for illustrators! Want to know what an art director looks for in a portfolio? Want to see how your work measures up and how to make it stronger? This event is for you.

Kristen Nobles, Charlesbridge Publishing Art Director and former Candlewick Press Art Director, will provide a written critique of each participating illustrator’s portfolio. For follow up, Kristen will lead a webinar to highlight the most important qualities she seeks in a portfolio and how each illustrator’s art aligns with her vision.

Interested illustrators and author/illustrators can sign up for a critique plus webinar or webinar only.

Kristen Nobles has worked in children’s literature for over twenty years as a publisher, art director, and designer at well-respected, independent publishing houses including Candlewick Press, Chronicle Books, and Page Street Publishing. Currently, as an Art Director at Charlesbridge, she loves to collaborate with debut talent on strong characters, stories with humor and heart, or a surprising spin on the tried and true subjects of kid books like trains and unicorns. She graduated from the University of Buffalo with degrees in Communication Design and Art History, and has pursued further studies at SVA, Harvard, and Mass Art. Most weekends, Kristen spends time with her partner, son, and husky dog hiking, swimming, and curling up with piles of books next to the wood stove at their lake house in Maine. Visit

Portfolios in PDF format must be submitted by May 21. Once you have registered, SCBWI-Nebraska Webinar Coordinator Sheli Petersen will send you instructions on how to submit your portfolio. Kristen will return critiques by June 4, and the wrap-up webinar will take place on June 11 at 7:30 p.m. (Central Time). The recording will be available for two weeks following the event for those who cannot attend live.

If you have questions about the webinar or portfolio critiques, email Sheli Petersen at

Kristen is accepting only 15m 20 25 portfolios (she’s a rock star!) for critique; first-come-first-served.
Register today!

Portfolio Reviews are SOLD OUT, but you can still attend the webinar.

Webinar plus portfolio critique:
$55 (members only)

Webinar only:
$10 (members)
$25 (nonmembers)

Note: Because a replay will be available for two weeks after the live event, there will be no refunds for the webinar. You will receive an email with log-in information the day before the event.