Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI SA Professional Day

Date(s) - 11/Oct/2020
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

SCBWI SA Professional Day

Online via Zoom

Members $45 Non-members $65

Tickets available through Trybooking




The Business of Royalties and Grants

with Rosanna Arciuli and Nicola Evans, Copyright Agency

Head of the Cultural Fund and Reading Australia, Nicola, will speak about the grants available to individuals and organisations working in the writing, publishing and visual arts sectors along with where to find further information on wrtiting great applications.

Rosanna, Manager Member Communications & Stakeholder Relations, will discuss membership and what creators themselves should register. She’ll also go through the basics of permission, licences and payment distributon.


Illustrator Insights

with Sarah Davis

Hear about Sarah’s personal journey, get a glimpse into her process as an illustrator and the extra feathers she’s added to her industry cap along the way.


Before the Beginning

with Poppy Nwosu

Author of Making Friends with Alice DysonPoppy will share her long bumpy road to publication and why she believes all stories for young people have value.


Panel – Writing YA

with S.J. Morgan, Poppy Nwosu, Vikki Wakefield and Allayne Webster

Four SA authors of standout titles discuss all things YA-related.


Four rounds of Q and A –

Industry Women – Susanne Gervay in conversation with Australian Children’s Laureate Ursula Dubosarsky

Publishers’ Panel – Jo Case, Wakefield Press and Zoe Walton, Penguin Random House

Creators and Agents – Kate Foster, Associate Literary Agent, Storm Literary Agency and Justine Barker, Mayfair Literary Agency

The Art of Illustration –  Art Director at Walker Books, Sarah Davis 


Speed Launch

Over the course of sixty minutes, ten SCBWI SA members will launch their latest.


Manuscript/Portfolio Assessments

Zoe Walton, Penguin Random House – JF, MG, YA and Portfolio submissions

Jo Case, Wakefield Press – YA submissions

Kate Foster, Storm Literary agency – CB, JF, MG and YA submissions

Justine Barker, Mayfair Literary Agency – PB, CB, JF, MG, YA and Portfolio submissions (no horror or anything more violent than the Hunger Games)

15 min assessment – $80

On sale Sunday August 2

First round – open to SCBWI SA members only from 9 – 11AM ACST. Limit of one assessment per person.

Second round – open to all SCBWI non-member SA residents from 12 – 2PM ACST. Limit of one assessment per person.

Third round – open to all SCBWI members/non-members in AUS/NZ (including SCBWI SA members who wish to purchase ONE additional assessment) from 3 – 5PM ACST. Limit of one assessment per person.

After booking your ticket to the Professional Day, you will receive a confirmation email from Trybooking. You’ll also receive an email from SASCBWI with the link to assessment bookings and Zoom meeting details in preparation for October. The assessment booking page will include all the necessary information including submission guidelines. If you’re unable to locate this email, please check all folders prior to contacting 


*Please note –  program is subject to change.



Copyright Agency Website


Sarah Davis

Sarah illustrated her first picture book in 2008, and in 2010, quit her day job and began illustrating and designing books full time. Since then, she has illustrated 37 books, designed 11, and been shortlisted for 33 major awards in Australia and New Zealand. Her first book as author, illustrator AND designer was released by HarperCollins in 2018. Sarah has an Honours degree in literature, and her love of language and narrative underpins her illustration work. She works across a range of media and is constantly experimenting with new ways to tell stories visually. She’s an experienced presenter and in great demand as a speaker at schools, festivals and universities throughout Australia and internationally. Sarah is also proud to be an ambassador for Room to Read, and the Illustrator Coordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (Australia East/NZ). 


S. J. Morgan

Sue grew up near the seaside town of Portsmouth, UK but she has spent most of her adult life living overseas. Trained as an occupational therapist, she lived in New Zealand for ten years before coming to live in South Australia.

She has won prizes for short fiction and was awarded a mentorship from the Australian Society of Authors for her children’s writing.

Sue’s YA debut, Heaven Sent, was published by MidnightSun in 2018.  Her second book, a dark, psychological (adult) thriller Hide, was published in November 2019. Hide has been longlisted for the 2020 Ngaio Marsh Awards and the 2020 Davitt Awards.

Sue lives in the Adelaide Hills with her partner, daughters and two slovenly greyhounds.


Poppy Nwosu

Poppy is an author of YA fiction.  

Growing up surrounded by cane fields and rainforest, Poppy studied music in university and then lived overseas in Ireland. She now lives in Adelaide, Australia. 

Her debut novel, Making Friends with Alice Dyson, was shortlisted for the Readings Young Adult Book Prize.
Her second novel is Taking Down Evelyn Tait.


Vikki Wakefield

Vikki writes realistic fiction for Young Adults. Her work is distinctly Australian with a touch of magical realism, exploring coming-of-age, family, class, relationships, and the lives of contemporary Australian teens, and includes award-winning novels All I Ever WantedFriday BrownInbetween Days and Ballad for a Mad Girl. Vikki lives and writes in Adelaide, Australia. This Is How We Change the Ending is her new YA novel.


Allayne Webster

Allayne is an Adelaide based author of Junior Fiction, Middle Grade and Young Adult literature. She’s a recipient of three South Australian arts grants, a SA Premier’s Reading Challenge Ambassador, and she served for ten years on the board of the Salisbury Writers Festival.

Paper Planes (Scholastic) was a 2016 CBCA Notable/shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. A Cardboard Palace (MidnightSun) was a 2018 CBCA Notable and published in Sweden. Our Little Secret (Scholastic) was listed for the Golden Inkys. The Centre of My Everything (PenguinRandomHouse) was listed in the 2019 Davitt Awards (crime) and shortlisted in the 2020 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Sensitive (UQP) is soon to be published in Russia and was shortlisted in the 2020 Australian Speech Pathology Awards.

Allayne has recently completed two more manuscripts (YA, and YA/MG) which are currently under submission. When not writing, Allayne plays guitar and paints.


Susanne Gervay

Susanne has been awarded the Order of Australia for children’s literature, nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Lifetime Literature Award for her body of works on social justice for children, by the International Literacy Association.

Her other awards include the University of Technology Alumni Excellence Award, Lady Cutler Award for Distinguished Services to Children’s Literature, Winner of The Society of Women Children’s and Young Adult Biennial Book Awards, Notable Awards from Children’s Book Council Australia, winner of Family Therapy Children’s Book Award and others.

Her work is used and endorsed by many organisations including the Cancer Council NSW, Life Education Australia, Room to Read, Alannah & Madeline Foundation, Varity the children’s charity, The Children’s Hospital Westmead (Sydney), IBBY and others.

As Regional Advisor (head) of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators in Australia East & New Zealand, she is dedicated to fostering the talent of children’s writers and illustrators.

Susanne is committed to literacy and has held and continues to hold active roles as an Ambassador for the Premier’s Reading Challenge NSW, committee member and role model for Books in Homes which has distributed more than 2 million books to indigenous and disadvantaged Australian children, Writer Ambassador Room to Read which has reached more than 12 million children in Asia and Africa, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, former Chair of the board of Writing NSW and former president of the Society of Women Writers NSW, Australia Day Ambassador promoting inclusion, committee member of Children’s Book Council Australia and a literacy ambassador for many campaigns.

As an international and national speaker, Susanne has addressed audiences from New York to Delhi on her work to emotionally engage in diverse areas including disability, inclusion, multiculturalism, bullying, inclusion, peace.


Ursula Dubosarsky

Ursula Dubosarsky was born in Sydney, Australia in 1961, the third child in a family of writers. From the time she was first able to read, at age six, she wanted to be a writer. She wrote stories and poems and puppet plays all through primary and high school.

After finishing school, Ursula went to Sydney University to study English and languages, including Old Icelandic, Latin and Greek. When she graduated, she moved to Canberra to work in the public service, and in the evenings after work she wrote a time slip adventure called “Zizzy Zing”.

She then spent a year traveling, meeting her Argentinean husband, Avi, while working on a kibbutz in Israel. They married in London, then returned to Australia to live, where their daughter Maisie was born.She wrote a comic children’s novel, “High Hopes”, which she sent as an unsolicited manuscript to Jane Godwin at Penguin Books in Melbourne. The book was accepted.

Since this time, Ursula has published many more novels as well as a number of books for younger children, and has won several prestigious national literary prizes. From 2004 she worked for a number of years as an editor on the NSW School Magazine, a long-running literary magazine for school children. She lives in Sydney with her family – Avi, daughter Maisie, and two sons, Dover and Bruno.

Ursula has completed a PhD in English literature at Macquarie University, concentrating on the work of Rumer Godden and was nominated for both the Astrid Lindgren and Hans Christian Andersen awards. Most recently, Ursula was appointed as Australian Children’s Laureate 2020-2021.


Justine Barker

​​Justine Barker is an agent at Mayfair Literary Agency, which specialises in children’s and young adult fiction. Mayfair’s vision is to discover exceptional authors and cultivate best-selling, long term writing careers. Prior to becoming an agent, Justine was a solicitor. 

Justine loves working with amazing authors and illustrators!


Kate Foster

Kate has always been a nerdy bookworm, a kid who read through classes and late at night beneath the bed covers with a flashlight. Writing was also a passion from an early age, but one that was done secretly for the most part as she was convinced only rich “chosen ones” could become authors.

As a kid who didn’t finish school, it wasn’t until she was a wrinkly, wise(ish) grown-up when Kate decided to embrace her love of all things writing and work toward making books her career. She gradually nurtured her own passion for mentoring new writers, and has worked successfully as a freelance editor for many years. Being able to work alongside writers and watch their skills and voices develop is a dream come true and she can’t wait to continue this as an agent. 

Kate grew up in a small town in the south east of England to a working class family and gained much life experience through a variety of jobs. At a young age she met her husband and began raising their three sons. She now continues this role on the stunning Gold Coast in Australia where she’s added two rescue dogs to her family. Kate is also a children’s author represented by Alice Sutherland-Hawes at the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency in London.

Some of her favorite kidlit titles include: Forget Me Not (Ellie Terry), The Crossover, The Light Jar, Crater Lake, Break the Fall, The Middler, Orangeboy, and Rules for Vanishing

Some less recent but all-time favorites include: A Monster Calls, The Unwind series, There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom, Skellig, and The Giver.


Zoe Walton

Zoe is a publisher of books for young readers at Penguin Random House Australia. Zoe edits New York Times bestselling author John Flanagan, whose Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband series have sold fifteen million copies worldwide. She also publishes many popular and award-winning Australian authors, including Deborah Abela, Tristan Bancks, Fleur Ferris, Emily Gale, Tim Harris, Belinda Murrell, Elliot Perlman and Renée Treml – as well as up-and-coming authors Catherine Greer, Nat Amoore and Gavin Aung Than, who have exciting new books launching in 2019.


Jo Case

Jo Case is young adult publisher at Wakefield Press. She has worked in the book industry in various roles over 25 years, including as program manager at Melbourne Writers Festival (with responsibility for the MWF Schools Program), founding editor of Kill Your Darlings, founding board member of The Stella Prize, and as co-founder of Feminist Writers Festival. She is the author of Boomer and Me: A memoir of motherhood, and Aspergers (Hardie Grant) and her book reviews have been published in the AgeSydney Morning Herald, the Australian and The Monthly. Jo is also a casual bookseller at Imprints in Adelaide.