Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illustrator Mentorship 2020 with Amelia Mack, art director in the children’s group at Chronicle Books in San Francisco

Date(s) - 10/01/2020 - 04/01/2021
4:00 pm

The Illustrator Mentorship will be open to 15 San Diego SCBWI members this season. This mentorship provides the opportunity to work with Amelia Mack, Art Director at Chronicle Books. Mentees will submit an original PB dummy of up to 32 pages. Or mentees can submit basic sketches for feedback. Or mentees can create a dummy from text provided. There will be a handout with guidelines. Mack will work with you to develop the picture book dummy and expand your storytelling skills. Each mentee will receive two 15-minute critiques with Mack along with a SCBWI Gold Form for each critique.


Waitlist registration is closed.  We will be notifying the first 15 people by Tuesday, Oct. 20th. 

The first 15 people to register will receive an email, with a registration link, notifying them that they have 48 hours to make their payment for the Mentorship to complete their registration. If they do not make the payment within 48 hours, they will lose their mentee spot, and the next person on the waiting list will be given the opportunity to register. Participants will receive additional directions.


Illustrator Mentorship Timeline:

Registration Opens:  Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. PST

Jan. 9, 2021:  First sketches or thumbnails Uploaded to Google Drive Amelia Mack folder, and participants will sign up for Zoom critiques.

Jan. 30, 2021:  Mack’s feedback on Gold Forms loaded to Google Drive

Feb. 2-5, 2021:  First Zoom Critiques

April 3, 2021:  Revised Dummies loaded to Google Drive folder, and participants will sign up for Zoom critiques.

April 24, 2021:  Amelia’s feedback on Gold Forms loaded to Google Drive folder

April 26-30, 2021:  Second Zoom Critiques



Mentorship: Oct. 17-April 30

____ $150 Member with a Season Ticket

____ $160 Member without a Season Ticket

  Amelia Mack is an art director in the children’s group at Chronicle Books in San Francisco. Before her decade+ at Chronicle, Amelia worked as a designer at HarperCollins and Henry Holt in New York. Amelia was the designer for NYT best-selling picture books, Press HereMix It Up!, and Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. She also designed A River which was a NYT Best Illustrated Book. She is especially proud of her work on Christopher Silas Neal and Brigette Barrager’s first picture books, Over and Under the Snow (now a series) and Twelve Dancing Princesses, as well as her picture books with the iconic French illustrator, Marc Boutavant which have been included in the Society of Illustrator’s Original Art Show. Amelia also designs YA and middle grade novels, graphic novels, and novelty books and gifts. Amelia enjoys working with fabulous co-creators, perfecting a worthy story, and embellishing tangible details to create a happy reading experience for young persons.