In November of 2016, I attended the SCBWI Western Washington illustrators retreat. Christian Robinson and Catia Chien were the faculty. Over three days, they taught workshops on a variety of topics including: character development, book design, and storytelling with paper collage.
In addition to the workshops, there was ample time to hang out with the other illustrator attendees, who hailed from both Oregon and Washington. The retreated started right after the presidential election, and I felt very lucky to be spend that time surrounded by a group of positive and inspiring artists.