Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Webinar: Writing and Illustrating the Picture Book of Your Heart During Difficult Times

Date(s) - 10/28/2020
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Webinar Description
Our Year of 2020 has been tough for everyone. Maybe you’ve sometimes wondered how a writer or illustrator of children’s books can be creative during a time like this? If so, then you won’t want to miss our inspirational webinar with writer & illustrator Daria Peoples-Riley:

“Our work can be an anchor, a place we return to for comfort and connection. The reward is a story filled with authenticity, personal truth, and the power to connect readers to their own stories and to the stories of others in their communities.

“I will present my process for writing and illustrating the picture book of my heart over the course of this last year, as well as offer suggestions for how everyone can do the same as we move onward.”

A preparatory handout for the webinar will be provided after registration. This will be a 60-minute webinar that occurs on Wednesday, October  28th from 7 pm – 8:15 pm (CST) with time for questions at the end.

From the publisher:
“America, do you love me?” Acclaimed author-artist Daria Peoples-Riley invites readers to answer timely—and timeless—questions beating inside the hearts of children across America. Exquisitely illustrated, with a powerful, lyrical text, AMERICA, MY LOVE, AMERICA, MY HEART will challenge readers of all ages to examine and evaluate personal beliefs and attitudes toward the many different colors of America.


Portfolio Critiques
Daria will also be offering a limited number of portfolio critiques, online live, on November 12, 2020 at 6pm CST.

First-come-first-served! Portfolios must be submitted by October 28th.
Complete instructions for portfolio submissions will be emailed to critique registrants.

You can register for both the critique and the webinar, or the webinar only.

Note: We will be offering one diversity scholarship to a BIPOC illustrator. Please contact Monica Clark-Robinson at for more info about the scholarship or to apply.


After earning a Masters in Education and 10 years of teaching, Daria became a full-time writer and illustrator. Daria Peoples-Riley’s debut picture book THIS IS IT was published with Greenwillow/HarperCollins (February 2018) and I GOT NEXT (July 2019). Daria is also the illustrator of GLORIA TAKES A STAND by Jessica M. Rinker, a picture book biography about the life and work of Gloria Steinem (Bloomsbury, March 2019). Daria lives in Las Vegas with her family.

Connect with author/illustrator Daria Peoples-Riley at:


$15 SCBWI members
$25 Non-SCBWI members
$45 Portfolio Critiques (Extra, limited availability)

*If you need to pay in a form other than PayPal, please contact Monica Clark-Robinson at

Can’t make the live session? The recording will be available for one week following the event.
SCBWI members, login before you register to get the discounted member pricing.
Non-members, if you’d like to become a member before you register, go here.