Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI-NE Illustrator Intensive 2022

Date(s) - 11/12/2022
9:30 am - 5:30 pm

We are thrilled to announce our November SCBWI-Nebraska Illustrator’s Intensive with Lauren Rille, Art Director at Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. 

Date & Time:
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2021, 9:30am – 5:30pm (CENTRAL time)
**Registration deadline: August 12**

Online via Zoom

Ready to hone your character design and visual storytelling and get a feel for what it’s like to work with an art director? Join us for an illustrators’ intensive with Lauren Rille, Art Director at Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. 

Based on Lauren’s assignment, you will develop initial sketches for her review, then apply her feedback to prepare your final pieces to share during the Zoom intensive on November 12. 


Lauren Rille is an Art Director at Simon & Schuster, where she works with the Beach Lane, Atheneum, and McElderry imprints. Before joining S&S, Lauren was a designer at Sterling and Harcourt Children’s Books. Some books she’s designed include the most recent edition of Are You There God, it’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume, cover illustration by Debbie Ohi; The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater, illustrated by the Fan Brothers; Life by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel; Scraps by Lois Ehlert; Best In Snow by April Pulley Sayre; and the New York Times best-selling Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman and Noodle and the No Bones Day by Jonathan Graziano, illustrated by Dan Tavis. Lauren’s debut picture book, I Feel Teal, illustrated by Aimee Sicuro, published in 2018 by Beach Lane Books. Lauren loves the collaborative process of working with editors and illustrators, and she’s always on the lookout for new talent.


Want to know more? Here are the details:

Assignment will be sent to participants on August 13.
SCBWI-Nebraska Co-Illustrator Coordinator Sheli Petersen will send you the assignment details and instructions after you register.
Optional Portfolio Review: 15-minute critique from Lauren Rille (only 15 slots available!) 

Timeline for Illustrators’ Intensive Assignment:
Registration DUE – Fri, Aug 12
Preliminary sketches DUE – Thurs, Sept 15
Lauren’s feedback sent to participants – Sat, Oct 15
Final full-color art DUE – Friday, Nov 11
Illustrators’ Intensive event day – Nov 12

Intensive Event Schedule Nov 12 (Central Time)
Welcome & Introduction  9:30 – 9:45am
Intensive – Live critique of all completed assignments with Lauren and peers 9:45am – 12:45pm
Lunch  12:45 – 1:30pm
Presentation by Lauren Rille  1:30 – 2:15pm
Closing remarks  2:15pm
Optional portfolio reviews, 15-minute time slots, 2:30 – 5:30pm

Cost for Intensive:
$50 for members
$75 for non-members
Optional 15-min Portfolio Review with Lauren:
Additional cost of $60 for members
Additional cost of $80 for non-members