Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Creating Memorable Characters

Date(s) - 01/21/2021
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Creating Memorable Characters webinar with Juana Martinez-Neal

Thursday, January 21, 2021, 7:30 p.m. CST


Juana Martinez-Neal poses with her book ALMA AND HOW SHE GOT HER NAMEWant to learn from the best on how to create engaging, memorable characters? Join us as Caldecott Honoree and Sibert and Belpré Medalist award-winning author-illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal shares how she infuses cultural heritage and research as well as keen observation of human nature to achieve stellar character development, expression and interaction.

Juana Martinez-Neal is the recipient of the 2019 Caldecott Honor for Alma and How She Got Her Name (Candlewick Press), her debut picture book as author-illustrator. She also the recipient of the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Medal for Fry Bread: A Native American Story (Roaring Brook) and the 2018 Pura Belpré Medal for Illustration for La Princesa and the Pea (Putnam).

Juana was named to the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honor list in 2014, and was awarded the SCBWI Portfolio Showcase Grand Prize in 2012. She was born in Lima, the capital of Peru, and now lives in Arizona, with her husband and three children.

If you are hearing impaired and need a sign language interpreter for this event, please register then email Regional Advisor Alison Pearce Stevens at with your request. Please note that we will need at least one week’s notice.



$15 for SCBWI Members

$35 for non-members

If you’re thinking of joining, do so before registering to get the discounted price.

Registration ends at noon Central time on Jan. 21.

NOTE: We are no longer using PayPal for registration. Please enter your credit card information to complete registration. If this presents a problem for you, email Alison at to request another payment method.

Because a replay will be available for those who cannot attend live, there will be no refunds for this event.

Note: Your will receive an email with instructions on how to access the webinar the day before the event.