Portfolio Review Day with agent Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges

Jun 08, 2024

Online event

Nebraska Region has a fantastic opportunity for illustrators! Want personalized one-on-one feed-back from a top-notch industry agent on the strengths and marketability of your work? Then roll up your creative sleeves, because this event is for you.

Artists’ agent and RISD professor Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges will provide a 20-minute Zoom critique of each participating illustrator’s portfolio. Focus will be hands-on with pointers on playing to your strengths as a visual storyteller for children’s publishing. As a follow up to the critique, Judy Sue will offer each illustrator an assignment prompt for further feed-back. 

The 20-minute critiques will be scheduled throughout our event day, Saturday, June 8. We will email your meeting time after registration closes on May 31st or all seats fill, whichever comes first.

Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity!

Member price: $85

Non-member price $100

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Meet Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges has worked in the art departments of Hallmark and Ginn & Co. and designed books for Houghton Mifflin and other Boston-based publishers. She is a longtime Professor of Illustration at RISD and spent several wonderful years as Chief Critic of the European Honors Program in Rome. In 1989, Judy Sue started her own children's book Studio in Boston; Studio Goodwin Sturges, now located in Providence, RI, works on behalf of nearly 40 picture book artists worldwide. In addition to representing book creators and continuing her teaching at RISD, Judy Sue is a picture book author and a collage artist who uses handmade papers and repurposed vintage materials to explore ideas of ecology, geography, and connectivity in her work.

Portfolio Review Instructions

•Curate your work and only show your strongest pieces.

•Number of pieces: 8-10

•Dimensions: 8.5”x11” (horizontal or vertical)

•Format: PDF

•Size: No larger than 10 MB

•File name: SGS PF Review_First Name_Last Name

•DUE: Mon June 3, midnight

•Send to: scbwi.nebraska.webinars@gmail.com

•Judy Sue will look over your PDF portfolio before your review on Saturday, June 8

•During your review on Saturday, June 8, you will screen-share your PDF portfolio with Judy Sue

Portfolio Review Follow-up Instructions

•Judy Sue will leave you with an assignment at the end of your session.

•Complete the assignment, if desired, in your own time.

•When you are ready, send your piece to Judy Sue at info@studiogoodwinsturges.com

•File format: JPG, 200ppi, no larger than 5MB

•Judy Sue will reach out to you with one additional round of feedback.

Looking for tips on putting together a portfolio? Check out the following resource:

•SCBWI Essential Guide to Publishing for Children, pages 25 - 26 (free for members)


Registration Confirmation:

Upon completion of registration, you will receive a payment confirmation email.

Registration confirmation is found on the website (as well as any event-specific details). Go to your Member Home and click on My Events under the bar at the top of the page. All active events you have registered for will be displayed on this page. Any additional information (Zoom links or required materials) will be found under the green Meeting Info button.

Questions about this event, contact Sheli at scbwi.nebraska.webinars@gmail.com.