Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

The Art of Picture Books featuring illustrator Nina Rycroft and Scholastic publisher Clare Hallifax

Date(s) - 24/Jan/2017
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Hughenden Hotel
14 Queen Street - Woollahra, NSW 2025


Illustrator Nina Rycroft and Scholastic Publisher Clare Hallifax discuss The Art of Picture Books.

Followed by SCBWI social gathering and sharing of news. Feel free to bring along a few copies of your current book to sell or exchange with other members. Tickets include a light refreshment.

See more of Nina's fabulous illustrations on her instagram account!


All welcome but Bookings Essential • SCBWI Members $32 • Non-SCBWI Members $42
Book at Trybooking:


Manuscript and Portfolio Critiques

Clare and Nina have generously offered to give a limited number of manuscript/portfolio critiques before this event. Due to the very LIMITED NUMBER, the Critiques will be available only to current SCBWI Members who are attending The Art of Picture Books event.


Bookings and Submission Guidelines:

•  Critiques are 20 minutes and are only available to SCBWI Members who are attending the event.
•  At time of booking you will be able to choose your preference from the available time slots.

Book at Trybooking:

Each critique costs $65 and places are limited. Critiques are non-refundable and non-transferable, so please choose carefully.


For Portfolio Assessments with Nina Rycroft: Just bring your portfolio along on the day!


For Manuscript Critiques with Clare Halifax:

Manuscripts are submitted in advance. Following your booking you can upload your manuscript using the form HERE.

Please take note of the January 10th deadline and the format for submissions. Unfortunately, submissions that are late or that do not conform to the specifications cannot be accepted.


Your Manuscript critique submission should include the following:

An overview of your project to a maximum of 1 page including your Name, Email and Website (if applicable)


An outline of your project idea with synopsis and short writing samples for comment and discussion to a maximum of 10 pages, double spaced in 12pt Times New Roman or similar


An extract of your draft manuscript to a maximum of 10 pages, double spaced in 12pt Times New Roman or similar


A full picture book draft text to a maximum of 10 pages, double spaced in 12pt Times Roman or similar


Please supply your manuscript file as Word Document and label including Surname, Title (abbreviate if necessary), Genre (PB, C, YA) and indicate if it is Non-Fiction NF: ex. Surname_Title_PB_NF