One Writer’s Journey

June 18, 2018

Mentorships, Part 2: A Great Opportunity to Grow as an Illustrator

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This is so embarrassing that I’m literally red in the face.  Last week I blogged about the KS-MO SCBWI writing mentorship.  I completely left out the illustration mentorship.  So embarrassing.

Like a writing mentorship, an illustration mentorship allows a less experienced artist to learn from someone with more experience. It is a great way to learn what pieces make good samples and how to put together a good portfolio.

In this particular program the winner will work with our mentor to improve a single illustration over the course of the mentorship.  That may seem trivial (one illustration!) but learning how to change and improve your work is vital to making a sale.  Vital.

I can’t emphasize that enough.


Our 2019 Illustration Mentor is Maja Anderson. Maja is the illustrator of the first 3 books in the Keeker and the Sneaky Pony series for Chronicle Books. In addition, she is currently illustrating a grammar book for Pelican Books. This book will come out this Fall. She has also worked on several gift books with Hallmark Cards.  Visit Maja’s site to check out her illustrations.  I wish I could draw!

Why can apply?  Any current Kansas/Missouri SCBWI member who has not yet published in children’s book illustration although other types of publication (newspaper, greeting card, etc) are acceptable.  Not sure if you are out of the running?  E-mail your question to KS-MO illustration coordinator Amy Kenney at  Maja will critique the illustration twice during an agreed upon timeline, not to exceed one year.

The winner will also receive a scholarship covering registration cost to the Kansas/Missouri SCBWI Middle of the Map conference in 2018.

Don’t dawdle.  Deadline to enter is June 30, 2018.  For more information, visit the KS-MO SCBWI website.


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