Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Emerging Voice Illustrator Mentorship

Marsha Riti

Marsha Riti

The Austin SCBWI chapter is proud to offer the Emerging Voice Illustrator Mentorship. The winner will receive a year's mentorship with a local published illustrator to help bring their work to the next level.

Illustrators entering the Portfolio Showcase at the Austin SCBWI Conference are eligible to apply. The mentor will choose an illustrator based on the portfolio in the Showcase.

Illustrator Marsha Riti is the mentor for 2016. Marsha is a freelance illustrator based out of Austin, Texas, currently working with Little Simon (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) on a chapter book series titled The Critter Club. She's also the illustrator of picture book The Picky Little Witch.

Award-winning author/illustrator Don Tate was the mentor for the inaugural year. Don's books include The Cart That Carried Martin, Hope's Gift, Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite, It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started To Draw and many others. Don has been a featured illustrator and speaker at numerous book festivals and conferences (SCBWI, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Texas Writers League) and has traveled extensively to speak at schools and libraries.