SCBWI Utah Southern Idaho Illustrator’s Conference 2012



SCBWI Utah Southern Idaho Illustrator’s Conference

2012 SCBWI Illustrator’s Conference Schedule


8:30 – 9:00 bagels and juice Get your name tag on and chat with fellow conference attendees.

9 a.m.-9:50 a.m Sherry Meidell  Welcome to Conference A few things I learned from the SCBWI New York Illustrators Intensive and Conference and Sketching Children from butterball baby to lanky 18 year olds. (quote by 2 year old overheard during church: Oooooh Junie’s sleeping. WAKE UP JUNIE!)


10 a.m.-10:50 Anne Bowen How to write the picture book an overview for illustrator from the talented writer Anne Bowen


11:00-12:30 Will Terry Selling yourself in a Global Market and other priceless tidbits of information from the brain of Will Terry

12:30-1:30 Lunch on our own There are many restaurants close by or you can check out the 2012 Statewide Competition which will still be hanging during our conference.

1:30-2:20 Sketch kids

2:30-3:00 View sketches and portfolios and ask any questions

Where: Bountiful Davis Art Center  745 S. Main, Bountiful, Utah

When: February 25, 2012 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

$45 for SCBWI Members – $50 for others

Checks can be mailed to Sydney Hussman, SCBWI, P.O. Box 1481, Layton, Utah 84041 or if you would prefer to pay with a credit card you can email Sydney at and she will send you a PayPal invoice. If you have any questions about the conference contact Regional Advisor, Sydney Hussman, or Illustrator Coordinator, Sherry Meidell,

Lunch is on your own. There are a lot of restaurants close by.

Bring a colored copy of one of your illustrations or a finished illustration to share with the group. You will be in charge of its safe keeping. Bring your sketch book and pen or pencil. We will be sketching kids again ages 9, 8, 6, 4, 2, and 5 months. You can also bring your portfolio for group input.


Will Terry

Selling Yourself In A Global Market Place

As tech companies develop tools for networking and merchandising on the internet – opportunities are emerging quickly for artists to take their products directly to their customers. The middle man will usually be a necessary component for artists to find their markets but these middle men are beginning to offer something more than capital. It’s vital to discover how you can take advantage of these changes and sell your work globally.

Anne Bowen

Anne will be talking about the characteristics of the picture book and give us some information from the writing end of things.

Sherry Meidell 

Sherry will be presenting about the characteristics of kids at different ages. We will also be sketching children ages: 9, 8, 6, 4, 2 and if the baby feels like it, a 5 month old.


Will Terry

Will Terry grew up just outside the beltway of Washington, D.C., where he enjoyed scouting, sports, and playing cello in his HS orchestra. He studied illustration at BYU, developing his interests and skills in drawing and painting. In 1992, he moved to Maryland in search of freelance assignments and within 3 months was working full-time as an illustrator.

His work has appeared in national advertisements for Sprint, Pizza Hut, M&M Mars, Fed Ex, Master Card and Citibank and in such publications as Time, Money, Wall Street Journal, Mac World, Arizona Highways, Seventeen and Better Homes and Gardens. His work has also been accepted into The Society of Illustrators.

Will’s studio is usually overrun by one or more of his kids and their friends. He also shares his studio with school classes of all ages, from elementary through college. He enjoys talking to kids of all ages about his art and the creative process he uses in developing his art. In addition, he has been invited to speak at many schools, again from elementary through college.

Will has illustrated over 20 childrens books – his life long dream after starting his art career illustrating for magazines, and advertisements. Armadilly Chili, written by Helen Ketteman, is in its second printing and has been chosen for the Texas 2×2 Reading List, the North Carolina Childrens Book Award, and the Arizona Young Readers Choice Award. Will is currently working on 4 books for various publishers – Albert Whitman, Simon & Schuster, and Random House. He teaches illustration part time at UVSC and enjoys snowboarding with his three sons and a warm fire with his wife.

Anne Bowen

Anne Bowen wrote her first story in elementary school.  It was about a very tiny family living inside a very large house and was very similar to THE BORROWERS by Mary Norton.  Some might call this plagiarism, but really it was more about Anne discovering a mentor-author for the kind of stories she loved to read and using those stories to guide her own writing.  And even though she didn’t know it at the time, Anne was learning to read as a writer and learning how to write from other writers.  As an elementary teacher of language arts, Anne encouraged her students to discover those stories that touched them in some unique way.  She encouraged them to find authors whose writing took their breath away and then ask themselves,  “What did this author do in his/her writing that I like so much? What can I learn from this author about the craft of writing?”

Anne was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and at the age of nine moved to Port Washington, Wisconsin, a small town nestled along the shores of Lake Michigan.  Moving from the Nebraska prairie to the rolling hills of Wisconsin, from a big city to a small town, from one school to another, was a difficult adjustment for Anne.  But she grew to love the sound of the foghorn warning ships coming into the harbor.  She grew to love the jetty that stretched out into the lake, frozen with icicles in winter, and she even grew to love the humid summers, swimming in the lake’s chilly water with her brother and sister.  Best of all, Anne discovered that moving didn’t take friends away, it gave her new friends, at school and in her own neighborhood.

At the age of 22, Anne traded hills for mountains, and moved to Utah to begin her teaching career.  She married her husband, Art, and has lived in Ogden for the past thirty years.  Anne has two grown sons, six grandchildren, one grand-puppy, and two senior golden retrievers.

Anne Bowen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Deaf Education and a Master’s Degree in Education.  She has attended four summer writing institutes at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York and several NCTE conventions.  She was the recipient of the 1996-97 Utah English/Language Arts Teacher of the Year Award.

Sherry Meidell

Sherry Meidell and her husband have raised five sons in West Bountiful, Utah. When the boys were little they would bring home an assortment of wild creatures, such as a mother snake that surprised everybody the next morning with a large number of baby snakes, to frogs and dogs and iguanas that would escape and be discovered in the upper reaches of their mother’s bedroom closet. The iguana got bigger and so did the boys.

Sherry keeps her paint brushes busy illustrating picture books and painting watercolors. One of her favorite things is to turn a page of well written words into characters and images that live in a book. Her books include “ The ABC’s of Uniforms and Outfits” written by Barbara Williams, “Emma Jo’s Song”, written by Faye Gibbons, “Dr. Welch and The Great Grape Problem” written by Mary Lou Carney published by Boyds Mills Press,  and “The Centaur” written by May Swensen, published by Utah State University Press. A member of The Society of Children’s Book Writer’s & Illustrators, she has received an Award of Merit from the Society of Los Angeles Illustrators, in 2003 and 2004. She is a signature member of the Utah Watercolor Society. Three of her paintings have been accepted in the Western Federation Juried Watercolor Show, one of which was printed in the June 2003 issue of “The Artist” magazine.

In May of 2007 she traveled to Kenya Africa and visited St. Catherine’s School at Naivasha where she painted murals on the back of three classrooms and talked to the students about illustrating books. When Sherry puts her pencil and paintburshes down, she likes running in St. George, mountain biking in Moab and hiking in Zions. 


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. venessaschwarz
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 21:04:27

    My mom is a wonderful illustrator. She’s been published in a past issue of the SCBWI newsletter. I’m not an illustrator but would like to attend with my mom. Are writers welcome to attend as well?


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