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Illustrator Intensive: Creating Striking Picture Books with Lian Cho

Jun 15, 2024

Online event

Dive into our exclusive workshop where Lian Cho unveils the secrets behind her picture book Pig Town Party! This illustrator intensive is designed for new and seasoned Illustrators, as well as authors/illustrators, to explore and refine your illustration process. Registration opens April 22! Early bird special for members if you register by April 30!

Event Info

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2024

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm PT

Price: $15 for members, $25 for non-members

Location: Anywhere in the world. Registered participants will receive the zoom link* before the event.

Questions? Contact Co-Illustrator Coordinator Zu Gong at

*A recording of this not-to-be-missed event will be available on the SCBWI website 24 hours after it concludes, accessible for 30 days. So, even if you can't make it live, you won't miss out!  We're counting down the days until we can welcome you to this fantastic event. See you there!

Event Sneak Peek

Here's a sneak peek of what awaits you:


20 min: Learn how Lian was discovered as an illustrator and gain insights into her artistic evolution, all her wins and hiccups! 30 min: Get an inside look at the making of Pig Town Party, from idea creation &storytelling to final artwork & cover design.


30 min: It's your turn to shine! In this hands-on dynamic workshop session, you’ll sketch thumbnails for covers and have a chance to receive personalized feedback from Lian.


20 min: Q&A

Book Giveaway

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Book Giveaway

Got a burning question? Ask away and enter the giveaway today! We will draw three lucky participants at the end of the workshop to win a copy of Lian’s book Pig Town Party.

Meet the Speaker


Lian Cho

Lian Cho (She/her) is an award-winning Taiwanese author and illustrator of goofy picture books. She is currently based in Brooklyn but was raised in both Taiwan and New Zealand. After graduating from SVA in 2019, Lian has worked with publishers such as HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, and Abrams Books. Lian loves painting outlandishly exaggerated characters and finding ways to make readers laugh until their stomachs hurt. In her spare time, Lian likes to make funny comics for her newsletter and watch terrible tv shows.

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Connect with Lian!

Find Lian on Instagram (@liantomato) and sign up for her newsletter!

Meet Your Host

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Zu Gong

Zu Gong (she/her) is a picture book illustrator based in Berkeley, California. She is a 2023 We Need Diverse Book mentee and is currently seeking presentation. Zu is enthusiastic about drawing characters with big feelings and crafting storytelling illustrations using a mix of media, including pastel, ink and digital tools. Your can find her art at her portfolio or her Instagram (@zuzu.draws.creates).