Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

A Day with David Shannon

Date(s) - 05/03/2020
10:30 am - 4:30 pm

WSU Spokane Nurses Building
103 E Spokane Falls Blvd - Spokane, WA 99202

David Shannon - Risky Business webinar


We’re sorry, due to the current health concerns associated with COVID-19, this event has been canceled. We are working with the presenter to offer this workshop in Spokane in the future. We’ll keep you posted.


David Shannon returns to his hometown to discuss risk-taking, share his creative process, and answer your questions about publishing books for kids.


About David Shannon


David Shannon sold his pickup truck and moved to New York City in 1983 to start a career in editorial illustration. His work appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times, as well as numerous book jackets and posters. In 1988 he illustrated his first children’s book, How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have?, by Julius Lester.

Book Cover depicting a leopard peering between tall grass and seeing it's reflection in a pond.

David continued illustrating books by other authors, including Jane Yolen and John Scieszka. In 1994, his first Author Illustrator book, How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball, was named a New York Times Best-illustrated book. In 1999 the semi-autobiographical story, No, David!, received a Caldecott Honor. He has written and/or illustrated over 35 books for children!


David grew up in Spokane, Washington and attended Hutton Elementary on the South Hill. His teachers let him draw murals in order to keep him from disrupting class, which filled their classrooms with some pretty good art!



SCBWI Inland Northwest is thrilled to bring David back to Spokane for a full-day workshop focused on creating books for kids! Anyone that is interested in writing and/or illustrating children’s books is invited to sign-up below. Whether you’re published, working toward publication, or just have an idea for a story, you’ll enjoy spending the day with David Shannon.


The Schedule


David will kick off the day with a presentation focused on the positive and negative aspects of taking risks—both creatively and financially. Through a look at his career, David will share how taking risks can pay off, or possibly flop.


We’ll break for lunch around noon. You can add a lunch to your ticket below for $11.00. Catered lunches will be prepared by Fresh Plate at WSU. If the featured selections do not fit your dietary needs, please feel free to bring a lunch from home.


After lunch, David will share his process for creating children’s picture books. To finish the day, we’ll gather in small groups. Each group will meet with David for a focused Q&A. David will answer all your questions about the publishing business, from “Where do I start?” to “What are your tips for promoting a book?” When your group is not meeting with David, you can participate in a critique session, and/or work individually on a current project with the advice you gleaned during the day.


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**During this period of public health concerns, SCBWI had modified its cancellation/refund policy as follows: If you are sick and cannot attend an event, you will be able to receive a full tuition refund up until the
day of the event so that you can stay home, take care of yourself, and prevent the spread of illness. We will also rerun the cost of your ticket if this  event is canceled. This policy is in effect until September 1,2020. Be well.