EVENTS Illustration Masterclass with Maggie Li

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to produce artwork and develop ideas for a children's magazine such as OKIDO, this is a great opportunity to try it out, reports Events Editor Stephanie Cotela.

What if you had no idea about machines? What they are, what they can do. Join Maggie Li of OKIDO Magazine for this exciting illustration masterclass which explores the theme of machines for an age group who hasn't yet learned about them in school. As an extra bonus, Maggie will be giving feedback on your artwork on the day! 

Maggie Li and OKIDO Magazine have provided a fun brief inviting contributors to tackle the theme of Machines for an age group who haven't learned about them at school yet. The brief is in! The outcome should be fun and factual and can be addressed as a narrative story, an experiment, a game on paper that can include cut-outs, or a digital game or moving imagery. 

Attendees will be given a link to the brief and a sample OKIDO Magazine pdf file on booking. Maggie will be giving feedback on the final artwork on the day, 9 September 2023, of this Illustration Masterclass. 

A request for files from Dropbox will be sent out a week before the event for attendees to upload their work, should they wish. 

This will allow Maggie enough time to look at all your submissions. 

Illustration Masterclasses offer two fully funded places for illustrators underrepresented in children’s publishing  (BAME, LGBTQ+, socio-economically marginalised and illustrators with a disability) for each event. Please send your application for one of these places telling us how you qualify for a fully funded place and how you feel it will help you in your career to: and 

Please note: SCBWI has a policy of no refunds once your place has been booked.

Maggie Li is an illustrator and art director based in London. She studied illustration at Kingston University graduating in 2010. Since then she has worked extensively in the illustration industry with a focus on editorial illustration and in more recent years, children’s picture books. Some of Maggie’s illustrated titles include the popular Big City Atlas, award-winning Dinosaur Detective as well as her most recent What Do Scientists Do All Day published by Quarto in 2020. Her first authored and illustrated book Little Life Cycles: Pip and Drip was published by Templar in February 2022. Maggie is also the art director at the popular children's publication OKIDO Magazine. She oversees the design and illustration of the magazine as well as products, marketing and content creation. Her favourite part of the role is designing board games and thinking up fun and inventive recipes for kids. 

*Header image: In-house collaboration between Ell Rose and Tita Berredo 


Stephanie Cotela is the Network News & Events Editor at Words & Pictures magazine.


Ell Rose is Illustration Features Editor of Words & Pictures. Contact them at

Tita Berredo is Illustrator Coordinator of SCBWI British Isles and the Art Director of Words & Pictures. Contact her at:

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