Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI PA West Diversity Workshop

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Date(s) - 03/30/2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport
1111 Airport Boulevard PO Box 12420 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15231


Diversity Workshop

This workshop is designed to start a conversation about diversity, identity, and representation in children’s literature. We all want to tell great stories. We want authentic voices. It’s essential for writers and illustrators to know about movements like We Need Diverse Books and Own Voices.

• How do we bring authenticity to our words and our art in a sensitive and appropriate manner?

• How do we learn what we don’t know?

• How do we ask the questions we are scared to ask?

This event will include speakers, a discussion lunch, and opportunities to ask questions. Start thinking about your questions now! Once registration is up, you can submit your questions.


9:00 – 9:30 Registration
9:40 – 11:15 Speaker Presentations
11:20-12:00 Q&A Panel
1200-12:45 Lunch (included with ticket price)
1:00- 2:00 Craft Session
2:00-2:30 Conclusion
2:30-3:30 Critiques by Brittany Thurman and Lorian Tu.


Faculty members Brittany Thurman and Lorian Tu will offer five face-to-face critiques or consultations after the workshop. This is an excellent opportunity to have an experienced writer/illustrator give feedback on your work. Critiques are available *only* to SCBWI Members. Critiques are a 10 minute, face-to-face critique. Please select the ticket below that corresponds with your critique choice.


SCBWI members $75.00

SCBWI members with a face-to-face critique $95.00 (ONLY 10 SLOTS AVAILABLE)

Non-SCBWI members $90.00



Brittany J. Thurman fell in love with literature the first time she opened Wayside School is Falling Down. After school, she sat in her grandmothers living room, writing out stories to perform. Today, Brittany writes picture books, middle grade and young adult novels for kids to know their dreams are achievable.

Brittany is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where she received a Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing. During her graduate years at Carnegie Mellon, Brittany’s plays were produced in Aspen, Co, and on New York’s Theatre Row. Brittany has introduced Sharon G. Flake for Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures, developed African centered storytimes at The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, presented at The Summit Against Racism, The Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Children’s Literature, plus many more.

When Brittany isn’t writing, she reads stories to babies, toddlers, and preschoolers at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Her hope is that they will grow to love reading as much as she does. You can find out more about Brittany on her website,, on Twitter @janeebrittany, or Instagram @britjanee. Brittany is represented by Marietta B. Zacker at Gallt and Zacker.


Lorian Tu is an illustrator based in Hanover, NH and is in love with all things kidlit. A multiethnic mixed-chic, (Chinese-Cuban-Ashkenazi) and Children’s Literature MFA student at Hollins University, she adores working in mediums of all kinds, and ties it all together with digital magic.

She lives with her husband and two sons, and teaches children’s art classes. She draws as much inspiration as she can from her culturally diverse background and childhood, and also from her own children and her art students. She’s illustrated several books, including Patricia Toht’s Dress Like a Girl (Harper Collins), and Joanna Rowland’s Stay Through the Storm (Beaming Books).

She’s a proud geek with tattoos and a tricorder, and enjoys creating stories and art that share her penchant for wonder, whimsy, food, and fun. A mom and an art teacher, her greatest inspiration comes from her sons and her students.


Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport

Saturday, March 30, 2019

9:00am – 3:00pm

Please note: Parking will be available at the airport for the conference rate of $5. You’ll get a voucher at the conference.


To make your reservations, please click here: SCBWI Room Reservations

If you need additional assistance, please contact us at 877-803-7534 or click here to find contact information by Region.

If the group rate is no longer available, prevailing rates may be offered for some or all of your dates.


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Ticket Information

SCBWI Member Registration + Portfolio Critique by Lorian Tu - $95.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Non-Member Ticket - $90.00

SCBWI Member Registration Without Critique - $75.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy
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The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of its members and will take any and all necessary steps to address and prevent harassment at events associated with SCBWI. Harassment under this policy may include verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention or advances, and bullying or coercion.


The SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment or intimidation at any SCBWI Event. An “SCBWI Event” is any event, meeting or activity that is authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager to be sponsored by, or affiliated with, SCBWI. SCBWI events may include, if properly authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager, the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, the Annual Winter Conference in New York, regional conferences, meetings and meet-ups. This SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy also applies to “SCBWI On-Line Interactions,” which include communications and content posted on, or directed towards, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts or sent through any of the communication tools available on SCBWI’s website, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts under this policy include the official SCBWI accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.



Code of Conduct

All participants in SCBWI Events and SCBWI On-Line Interactions, including faculty, staff, and attendees, are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct. The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits harassment, including but not limited to the following behaviors:

  • intimidation, stalking, or following.
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
  • Inappropriate physical contact.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Abusive verbal comments.
  • Quid pro quo– sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for professional consideration or favors.
  • Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. SCBWI continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of appropriate controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct as stated in this part of the Policy and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.


Reporting Procedures

Any person who believes there has been a violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in one or all of the following ways:

  • Certain SCBWI Events, including the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles and the Annual Winter Conference in New York, will designate one or more Safety Team Members who will be available during the conference to provide a safe space for members to report an incident. The Safety Team Member will report directly to the conference director or regional advisor in charge.
  • A complainant may submit a complaint under this policy to the Director of Community Marketing and Engagement, the Director of Illustration and Artist Programs and/or your Regional Manager.
  • SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any potential incident of harassment under this policy. Anyone who chooses to report an incident can find the Anti-Harassment Report Form on the SCBWI website (About > Anti-Harassment) or use the following link: Reports should include the substance of the complaint, date, and whenever possible, a list of witnesses or a reference to the relevant URLs, if the offense occurred through an SCWBI On-Line Interaction.


SCBWI will investigate all complaints subject to the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. If the policy applies, SCBWI will investigate the matter and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence and protect the environment at SCWBI Events. If a complaint is made anonymously, please note that SCBWI will not be able to follow up on an anonymous report with the complainant directly, as SCBWI will not have contact information for the anonymous complainant. Moreover, anonymous complaints may hinder SCBWI’s ability to investigate the complaint.  SCBWI will take steps to protect the confidentiality of the complaint, to the extent possible.  However, complete confidentiality may not be possible in all circumstances.  SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.

If appropriate, SCBWI may report the incident to local authorities.



The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against a member of the SCBWI community for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination, or for participating in an investigation relating to any complaint made under this policy. The sanctions for retaliation are the same sanctions available to address any other violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy.



SCBWI takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Complaints will be investigated by SCWBI if they fall within the scope of SCWBI’s Anti-Harassment Policy. Depending on the results of the investigation, SCWBI will determine whether a sanction is appropriate.


Sanctions for faculty, speakers, staff or board members may include any of the following:


  • warning the party involved that the particular behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a temporary or permanent basis;
  • withholding of a contracted honorarium;
  • prohibition from future speaking engagements;
  • prohibition from future faculty appointments;
  • expulsion from SCBWI; and/or
  • removal from the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, when appropriate.


Sanctions for attendees, members, and guests can include any of the following:

  • warning the party involved that specified behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event, without refund;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;
  • termination of SCBWI membership, without refund; and/or
  • prohibition of future SCBWI membership.


If the conduct at issue involves one of SCBWI’s employees, SCBWI will handle utilize whatever corrective action is appropriate based on the result of the investigation and subject to SCBWI employment policies and practices.



SCBWI will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties and witnesses. Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect the reputation of all parties involved.



If you wish to file a complaint or an anonymous complaint, CLICK HERE to access the Anti-harassment Report Form.


If you have questions regarding this policy, you may send an email to Please include the words "anti-harassment policy" in the subject line.

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