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.