Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Path to Story for Illustrators

Date(s) - 07/14/2022
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


• Shirley Ng-Benitez is an award-winning author/illustrator who has illustrated over 30 books for children and loves experimenting and creating with watercolors, gouache, dip pen & ink, pencil, and recently painted & cut-paper collage. Earth and its creatures inspire her. She created an art auction (@Awetober on Instagram) raising thousands for those affected and displaced by the recent wildfires. Compassion and connection are a big theme in her stories and she’s thrilled to be writing and illustrating her first picture book, coming in ’24. She lives in the Bay Area, California with her family and two black cats, Miso & Luna. Visit for more. Shirley Ng-Benitez, author/illustrator from the Bay Area, California, will present a Zoom workshop on Thursday, July 14, 2022, entitled:

Session: “Down, Through, Up the Path to Story”
A conversation with author/illustrator Shirley Ng-Benitez who shares how working from the heart, and continual learning & exploration help keep her on her path to storytelling. La/Ms Region’s Illustrator Coordinator Denise Gallagher will also delve into the ins and outs and ups and downs of illustrating with this illustrator of over 30 books for children.
This webinar is a part of the JambaLAya 2022 Kidlit Conference Series.
$25 Members / $45 NonMembers / Zoom Portfolio Reviews $52

Illustration Portfolio Critique And Consultation Information

Award winning illustrator of over 30 children’s novels, Shirley Ng-Benitez, will do a limited number of portfolio critiques with a 10-minute Zoom consultation the week after the conference (times to be determined). Portfolio consultations are for registrants ONLY and are on a first come/first served basis. There are a limited number of critiques available, so register early.

Please email your digital portfolio of up to 12 images by June 15, 2022 to
Denise Gallagher, Illustrator Coordinator, at

You must be registered for the webinar to register for the Portfolio Critique.
The date/time for your 10-minute  Zoom consultation will be emailed to you.

Cost of the critique is an additional $52.

Portfolio Showcase Information

Registration in the Portfolio Showcase is FREE but should be confirmed when registering for the Conference. THE PORTFOLIO SHOWCASE WILL BE CAPPED AT 25 ILLUSTRATORS.

Current Louisiana/Mississippi Region members are eligible for the portfolio contest. A winner will be announced at the end of the Conference and will receive free tuition to JambaLAya KidLit Conference 2023. The winner will also be invited to create the 2023 JambaLAya Conference illustration, which will include a link to the winner’s website and/or social media. Additionally a $150 cash prize will be awarded to the winner.

Please email your digital portfolio of up to three (3) images to
Denise Gallagher, Illustrator Coordinator at
Deadline to email, and to be registered for the Portfolio Showcase, is June 15, 2022
The Portfolio Showcase will be displayed in a JambaLAya Conference Album on our
SCBWI-LouisianaMississippi Facebook Page and Shirley Ngg-Benitez will judge the Showcase.

Portfolio Showcase and Contest: FREE With Registration

Still have questions? Contact Illustrator Coordinator Denise Gallagher at


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