Date(s) - 28/Jun/2020
8:45 am - 1:00 pm
The SCBWI ACT Committee is delighted to invite you to join us at the SCBWI ACT Zoom Mini Conference.
Hear industry insights from Alex Adsett of AAPS and James Layton from Larrakin House. Join a writing or illustrator workshop with Dee White and Aura Parker.
We are lucky to have secured manuscript assessments and portfolio critiques with James Layton from Larrikin House and manuscript assessments with Dee White.
This event will be run virtually through Zoom.
Tickets for the Zoom Event and manuscript and portfolio assessments
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SCBWI Members Only $20
You will be sent a link and password for the Zoom Event closer to the date
Zoom Information Session (8:45am)
This session is open for those who are new to Zoom and provides an opportunity to ensure everything is working technology wise before the session starts.
Welcome and Introductions (9:00am)
Session 1 (9:05 – 9:50am) The Art of Agenting, Keynote and Q&A session with Alex Adsett of AAPS
About the Session
Alex will delve in to the art of agenting, providing her extensive experience and insight to answer questions like:
- What does an agent do?
- What does an agent charge?
- Do you need an agent?
- If you need an agent, do you want one?
At the conclusion of her talk Alex will be happy to answer your burning questions. Due to the difficulty of managing questions through Zoom, it would be greatly appreciated if you could please send your questions in advance by Saturday 20 June to firstname.lastname@example.org
Literary Agent and Publishing Consultant Alex Adsett has been working in the publishing and bookselling industries of Australia and the UK for more than twenty years. She has managed Alex Adsett Publishing Services since 2008. Alex represents exceptional authors and amazing stories. Some of her children’s authors include Catherine Pelosi, Jodi McAlister, Sasha Wasley, Shannon Horsfall and Sarah Epstein.
Meet ACT SCBWI Book Babies (9:50 – 10:00am)
We’ve been busy in the ACT! Meet our new book babies as the authors/illustrators speed pitch them to us and let us know how to get our hands on these irresistible treats.
Session 2 (10:00 – 11:00am) Creating Compelling Characters – Writing Workshop with Dee White
About the Session
Eleven year-old Ruben who fears for his life in war ravaged Paris in 1942 is very different from Eddy Popcorn who’s the same age but whose biggest problem is that he’s grounded for the holidays for not doing his homework. Yet these characters both compel readers to keep turning the pages. Dee’s session will include getting to know your characters so well that they earn their place at your dinner table. She’ll cover developing profiles and key traits that will make your characters vulnerable, real, flawed and fantastic; staying with readers long after they’ve finished your book.
Participants may like to bring a character to this session that they would like to develop. At the end of Dee’s session there will be the opportunity for a Q & A. Due to the difficulty of managing questions through Zoom, it would be greatly appreciated if you could please send your questions in advance by Saturday 20 June to email@example.com
Dee White is the author of more than 20 books for children and young adults and has mentored many writers to publication. Her 2020 releases include Beyond Belief inspired by the true story of Muslims at a Paris mosque who saved Jewish children in WW2, and Eddy Popcorn’s Guide to Parent Training, an illustrated humorous junior fiction.
Dee’s books are available from your local bookstore or online here
Session 3 (11:00am – 12:00pm) From Pencil Sketch to Published Page – Illustrator Workshop with Aura Parker
About the Session
Illustrators delight as author/illustrator Aura Parker walks you through her process, from initial pencil sketch through to the published page. Using her current work in progress she will share her tips, tricks and techniques on storyboarding, crafting page turns, designing characters, and using colour and design for emotional effect. Aura works with different mediums including watercolour, coloured pencils, artline pens and Photoshop. Aura will also share secrets from the production of her glorious new book Goodnight Glow Worms, a calming rhyming bedtime book published by Penguin Random House, showing you how she made those adorable little Glow Worms GLOW.
At the end of Aura’s session there will be the opportunity for a Q & A. Due to the difficulty of managing questions through Zoom, it would be greatly appreciated if you could please send your questions in advance by Saturday 20 June to firstname.lastname@example.org
Aura Parker is an illustrator, writer and designer who creates delightful picture books, prints and textiles. Her work is joyful, imaginative, and brimming with details to explore. Aura Parker’s storytelling through words and pictures inspires imagination, courage and confidence in young readers. Aura’s picture books include: Twig, Cocoon and Meerkat Splash, a CBCA Early Childhood Notable this year. Aura’s books are available from your local bookstore or online here
Session 4 (12:00 – 12:45pm) Larrikin on the Loose – An Interview and Q&A with James Layton
About the Session
James will provide insight into the ideology behind Larrikin House, the Larrikin approach to distribution and how they engage with authors and illustrators. The highs, lows and unexpected aspects of breaking into the market, as well as what he looks for in funny books and what he has planned for the year ahead.
Due to the difficulty of managing questions through Zoom, it would be greatly appreciated if you could please send your questions in advance by Saturday 20 June to email@example.com
About James and Larrikin House
Larrikin House is a brand new Australian imprint dedicated to publishing funny stories by funny people. New to the scene and pumping books out at a rate of knots Larrikin is proud to be publishing authors such as Coral Vass, Jackie Hosking, Liz Ledden and Sigi Cohen.
It may seem like this publishing house has appeared from no-where, however it is an Imprint of Learning Discovery, and the brain child of James Layton, Learning Discovery CEO and Larrikin Publisher, who has 27 years experience in the publishing industry, and who sees things a bit differently to traditional publishing houses.
(12:45 – 1:00pm) Lucky Door Prize Giveaway and Conference Close
Zoom Manuscript or Portfolio Critiques with Dee White and James Layton
As part of the Zoom Mini Conference we are fortunate to have secured:
- eight 15 minute manuscript critiques with Dee White (picture book through to YA)
- eight 15 minute manuscript critiques with James Layton (picture book only)
- eight 15 minute portfolio critiques James Layton
Critiques are limited to SCBWI members attending this Zoom event. At time of booking you will be able to choose your preference from the available time slots.