Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI Zoom Winter Gathering

Date(s) - 04/Jul/2020
11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Manuscript and Portfolio Critique Groups AND Main Sesssion

All Welcome

Tickets $25 through Trybooking.

Attendees will be sent a Zoom link and password closer to the date.

11am – 12pm  Manuscript and Portfolio Critique Groups
Join in with a small group of SCBWI members to receive critiques of your current WIP and provide feedback to others.
Members will be allocated to a genre group of no more than 5. See below for further information including submission guidelines.
12.30 – 1.25 Patience, Persistence and (finally) Publication with Mike Lucas
Mike will guide you through the rough and rugged terrain he’s travelled on his personal journey. He’ll explain why the three Ps share a pod in the writing world and Mike might possibly even share a smidgeon from his yet-to-be-released titles (yes, there’s more than one)!!!!
1.30 – 2.25 Creative Session with Marjorie Crosby-Fairall 
Marjorie will take you through the step by step process of character creation. She’ll help you bring dog, bear and possibly even panda from her book Bear in Space, created in collaboration with Deborah Abela, to life on your page.
2.30 – 3.30  Shaun Tan
We know you’ll love this session. Having Shaun talk about his gorgeous work is going to be SIMPLY TREMENDOUS!
3.35 – 4.30 Making the Most of the website with Kelly Hibbert

There’s a tonne of good stuff awaiting discovery within the SCBWI website. Kelly will take you on a tour of awards you can vote in, grants you can apply for and where you’ll find digital workshops. She’ll also provide some tips you can use for your member profile and give you a brief rundown of blueboards.

Critique Group details and submissions guidelines:
      • You can select to join one of the following genre groups PB (Picture Book), MG (Middle Grade), YA (Young Adult), PORT (Portfolio) OR MS/ILLO (manuscript plus illustrations).
      • Submit one manuscript or part thereof to a maximum of 1000 words in word or pdf format OR 3 images in jpeg, png or pdf format OR both if you are opting to join a MS/ILLO group.
      • Please put Submission AND Genre in the subject of your email, e.g. SUBMISSION MG
      • Attach your file/s labelled with your full name plus genre,  e.g. JAYNESMITH_MG.pdf
      • Send submissions to by 5pm Friday June 19. EXTENDED UNTIL 5PM THURSDAY JUNE 25
      • Members particpating in the critique groups will be expected to read and prepare feedback for all group members’ submissions in preparation for the event on Saturday July 4. Submissions from members of your group will be sent to you on Friday June 26 to the same email used to send your submission.
      • If you purchase a ticket after the submission cut off date and wish to participate in a critique group, this will be only be possible if there are others who would like to join a group. In this case, submissions will be shared between members during the critique groups on Zoom. Please email to enquire.

    Mike Lucas has written and published several books of nonsense poetry and has also had poems published in magazines and anthologies. His first picture book, Olivia’s Voice was a CBCA Notable and in 2018 Vanishing was published. He owns and runs a bookshop in Blackwood, South Australia. Each year he writes a poem with the CBCA Book Week theme as a title. In 2017 he was one of the main organisers of the Adelaide Festival of Children’s Books. Bad Herbert, published by Larrikin House, is due for release in September 2020 and Let’s Build a House will be published by Hachette in 2021.
    Marjorie Crosby-Fairall has illustrated over twenty children’s books and has been published internationally. Her books appear on the Premier’s Reading Challenge lists and have been shortlisted and won awards, including the CBCA Eve Pownall Award for her first picture book. Her picture books include The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses with Susanne Gervay, Brothers from a Different Mother with Phillip Gwynne, One Christmas Eve with Corinne Fenton, and The Croc and the Platypus with Jacking Hosking. Her 2020 picture book releases are Say Cheese with Frances Watts (February), Huberta’s Big Surprise with Klay & Mark Lamprell (August), and Bear in Space, a collaboration with Deborah Abela (August).
    Marjorie is the Regional Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand.
    Shaun Tan
    Shaun Tan grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, WA. In school he became known as the ‘good drawer’ which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class. The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia, Rules of Summer and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival have been widely translated and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, a concept artist for animated films including Pixar’s WALL-E, and directed the Academy Award-winning short film The Lost Thing. In 2011 he received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, honouring his contribution to international children’s literature.
    Kelly Hibbert is the author of Sebastian and the Special Stack of Stories, published by HarperCollins in 2018 which is included in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Her first picture book, Fancy Pants, was published by the Little Book Press in 2016 and distributed to 42,000 preschool children across SA in Little Big Book Club packs. Fancy Pants was also shortlisted for the 2017 Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards.
    Kelly is the Coordinator for SCBWI SA and Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand.

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