Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Master Classes—Sydney Conference 2019



Tuesday 26 February 2019
Masterclasses* (optional extra for Monday delegates)
Held at State Library of NSW


Six masterclasses of 2 hours each. Max 30 delegates. Two rooms – 1 and 2 – in parallel sessions.


9.30am to 11.30am

Session A
Julia Marshall and Cathie Tasker
How do you keep your storytelling engaging, surprising, satisfying?  Delegates are invited to bring their storylines to the workshop.
(Picture Books)


Session B
James Foley
Picture Book Illustration 101: Bringing My Dead Bunny to Life
Join author/illustrator James Foley for a hands-on session about picture book illustration, using his CBCA-shortlisted book ‘My Dead Bunny’ as an example. Learn how character design, choice of media, colour, line, typography, image boundaries and composition all affect the visual narrative, and how you can control these variables in your own work. Bring your favourite drawing materials, your favourite colouring materials (e.g. coloured pencils, watercolour, markers) and a sketchbook. 
(Picture Books)


11.45am to 1.45pm

Session C
Zoe Walton
Writing great dialogue: We’ll be looking at ways to take your dialogue to the next level, make it sound authentic, deepen character portrayals and keep readers intrigued through dialogue – and avoid rookie mistakes that editors and agents will be watching for. Feel free to bring a dialogue scene or two that you’re working on, and we’ll do some dialogue exercises on the day. (Middle Grade and YA) 


Session D
Essie White
Picture books are written with as many words as necessary – and as few as possible. It is the combination of those words with the accompanying illustrations, that makes a memorable, meaningful, and child relevant picture book. So, how do you keep your storytelling concise and your illustrations more than just pictures? Discover how to create meaningful books that will impact children in a lasting way. Prepare to develop your writing, expand your illustrations and elevate the literary experience of young children. Delegates are invited to bring along a picture book text or picture book dummy, to work on in class. But be prepared to get ruthless, to accept direction and to discover you own unique storytelling capacity.
(Picture Books)


2.00pm to 4.00pm

Session E
Mira Reisberg
How To Hook and Keep Your Reader With Humour (For Picture Book, Chapter Book, and Middle Grade Writers and/or Illustrators)


Session F
Diane Evans and Allison Paterson
Diane Evans of BigSky Publishing takes you through crafting a unique story that kids, parents, educators and publishers will love!  Uncover opportunities to weave history, powerful messages and important events into entertaining and  informative novels. Diane will also cover:  How can you find unique topics and leverage them in your work? Can you link your work to the national curriculum?  How do can you prepare and present your manuscript in its best light. Writing non-fiction for young readers. What else can you do to promote yourself and your book.   (Middle Grade)




Manuscript & Portfolio Critiques
There will be a limited number of Manuscript or Portfolio Critiques available throughout the day at the State Library of NSW.




Master Class Bookings


Optional Master Classes on Tuesday
$80 per 2 hour class. (Delegates of the Monday conference only. Limit 2 classes per delegate.)

Tickets for Tuesday Master Classes:  CLICK HERE




State Library of NSW
Corner of Macquarie Street and Shakespeare Place
Sydney, NSW 2000


The Master Classes will be in the Mitchell Building of the State Library of NSW.

A registration table will be set up outside the Glasshouse and the Master Classes will be in either the Learning Centre or the Glasshouse. To locate the registration table and the Glasshouse, enter via the Mitchell Steps, walk through the vestibule into the Reading Room. Go down the stairs just inside the Reading Room that lead to the Dalgety Walkway. You will then be able to see the SCBWI banner and registration table.

If you booked a Critique for Tuesday you can confirm the location for your critique at the registration table.







































Terms and Conditions

SCBWI is a not-for-profit volunteer run organisation and all proceeds from these tickets are committed to Event expenses. Unfortunately we are unable to provide refunds, but we will allow transfer of Conference ticket to another eligible SCBWI member.

 Illustrator Showcase and Critique tickets are non-transferable.