Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Dummy Day 2020

Date(s) - 12/06/2020
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

ILLUSTRATORS—Save the date!

Sunday, December 6th is “Dummy Day,” 9:00 am to 3:00pm on Zoom.

Dummy Day is back! Hear two inspiring, deep-dive presentations on the craft of creating a book dummy. Long-time veteran of the book publishing industry, Joy Chu, and author/illustrator/animator, J.R. Krause, will talk about “Making Your Opening Scene Irresistible” and “Pacing Your Picture Book Dummy”.

Are you in the midst of creating a picture book and wanting feedback? Add the OPTIONAL breakout critique and get fresh eyes on your work-in-progress in a small group led by a publishing professional. Critique group space is limited.

Morning Session: $15
Afternoon Critique Session (optional): Additional $25
You must sign up for the morning session in order to attend the critique session.


Date: Sunday, December 6



9:30am – 10:30am
Presentation: “Making Your Opening Scene Irresistible” with Joy Chu, followed by Q&A.

10:45am – 11:45am
Presentation: “Pacing Your Picture Book Dummy” with J.R. Krause, followed by Q&A.

Afternoon (optional)

1:00pm – 3:00pm
Critique group breakout session. Each critique group will be led by a faculty member or PAL author/illustrator.
Space is limited for the critique groups so sign up early. We may be able to add more space if the critique sessions fill, so make sure to sign up for the waitlist if it is already sold out.

If you choose to join us for the afternoon critique session, PDFs of your dummy must be sent to by December 1st at 11:59pm to ensure smooth running of the on-the-spot critiques.

Make sure your dummy opens as side-by-side pages with the odd-numbered page on the right. It does not have to contain any color illustrations or even be completed. Even text only is fine. You may also send in a storyboard layout or manuscript ready for dummying.

Please label your dummy pdf with your last name, underscore, first name, underscore, the letter for the stage your dummy is currently in; C (complete), P (partial), T (thumbnails), or M (manuscript or word dummy).
For example: lastname_firstname_C.pdf
Please use the name with which you registered, and mark the stage your dummy is in when you send it, even if it is different than what you marked when registering.

While registering for Dummy Day, choose the current state of your dummy. This will help us divide you into groups:

• Completed dummy (text and all sketches)
• Partial dummy (text and some sketches)
• Thumbnails (text and storyboard/thumbnail layouts)
• Manuscript only (partial or complete text, ready to paginate and thumbnail)

This event is for all levels of experience. Below are some resources:

A dummy is a mock-up of the book in black-and-white sketches, most often 32 pages long. Odd numbers should be on the right-hand page. The main story text usually starts on page 5, although pictures leading into the story may start on the front matter pages. There are many exceptions, but a typical 32-page book is laid out thus: Page 1 is the title page, page 2 & 3 are for copyright info and dedication, followed by fourteen double-page spreads and a single final page.

The Illustrator Guide in SCBWI’s The Book starts on page 15:

Debbie Ohi offers a variety of downloadable thumbnail templates here:

Dummy Day Faculty

Joy Chu teaches classes on children’s book illustration and portfolio development at UCSD Extension. A long-time veteran of the book publishing industry, she has art directed and designed thousands of books. She works with many international illustrators and publishers, most recently Levine Querido, Scholastic, and Gallaudet University Press. Prior to running her own studio, she was art director for children’s and adult trade books at Harcourt in San Diego; and in-house designer at Holt, Crowell/HarperCollins, and Knopf, in New York. Her books have garnered awards from the AIGA, ALA, SCBWI, and Publishers Weekly. She currently serves as an advisor for the San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books, and is on the Board of Advisors for the Children’s Book Writing & Illustration Certificate Programs at UC San Diego Extension. To learn more visit Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter @JoyC_sez and Instagram @JoyToTheNthPower.

J. R. Krause’s career as a narrative artist spans three decades. His PBs have been featured in The Boston Globe, BookPage, Kirkus, the Picturebooking Podcast, and the SCBWI Bulletin. His most recent PB Dragon Night is an Indie Next selection, an Amazon Best of 2019 So Far, and one of 10 Books You Should Read In 2019 by the Southern California Booksellers Association. He is also the illustrator and co-author of Poco Loco! and Happy Birthday, Poco Loco!, both written with Maria Chua. Since graduating from Rhode Island School of Design he has worked on many television shows including 500+ episodes of The Simpsons. To learn more visit, Twitter @jrkrausebooks and Instagram @j.r.krause.

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Dummy Day Ticket - $15.00

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Event Extras

Optional Critique Session

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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.



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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.
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  • 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.
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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.
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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;
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  • 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:

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  • 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.



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