Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 21st April

Did you all spot the competition that Nancy launched on Sunday to design a new logo for the Ten-Minute Blog Break? I'm really looking forward to what you super-talented SCBWI illustrators come up with!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Well, who are you?

Apologies for the earworm which, depending on your age, will remind you of Mod band of the 60s or CSI. Either way, the point remains - it's all about identity.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

A call for submissions!

Words & Pictures is hungry for your input, because YOU, dear reader, are what we're all about. We have something for everyone to get involved with, RIGHT now...

Saturday, 18 April 2015

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die by the woman who wouldn’t give up! – Marnie Riches

In 1991, during my first year at university, I saw The Silence of the Lambs at the cinema. In love with Clarice, Hannibal and that murderous monster, Buffalo Bill, I went on to read the book by Thomas Harris on which the film had been based. Again and again and again. It was amazing. I vowed then, at the age of nineteen, that I would one day write a crime thriller, as close to the perfection of Harris’ novel as I could get it. Then, growing up happened, and I had to shelve my ambition for twenty long years... 

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Writer's Retreat - Interview with Award Winning Author Sally Nicholls


Award winning author Sally Nicholls is leading the SCBWI Writer’s Retreat on 8th May – 11th May 2015. 

In anticipation of this exciting and productive event, Rowena House catches up with Sally… 

Network News: Southeast

And it’s goodbye from me…

Kathy Evans
 Well, not really. I’m still SCBWI Finance Co-ordinator but I have handed over the running of the SCBWI in the South East to Jane Haryott. I’m guilty of being a bit of an over volunteer, I find it hard to say no. This is partly vanity (I can do that!) but I also find volunteering gives you so much back. Being a SCBWI volunteer means: you meet great people: you learn how your organisation works and even get some influence over how it operates;   you get a sense of community and belonging that really help in a career choice that can, sometimes, be a bit lonely. And it’s joyous seeing people succeed and knowing that, by being a part of an organisation like SCBWI, you (kind of) helped that happen. So why, you may well ask, have I given up this role?

The truth is, I wasn’t doing a very good job of it. I’ve just sold my first book, I run a very busy fruit farm, I fence competitively and help out at the fencing club and I had over-volunteered.  I was not giving the South East what it deserves – a driving force!

During my time running the network we welcomed a lot of new people, new face to face groups sprang up in Southampton, Brighton, Portsmouth, Winchester and Chichester – I think we have about 12 active groups now – and room for more.  The South East has the largest membership of SCBWI in the British Isles and it needs more than someone vaguely holding it together.  This is why I’m so thrilled that Jane has taken the reins.  She’s in the process of visiting all our face to face groups, something I hadn’t even contemplated. She’s full of energy and enthusiasm and there’s the possibility that another long standing volunteer, known for her social prowess, might be joining her soon as well.

I look forward to seeing the South East Network go from strength to strength – sometimes you need to know when to hand things over to someone else and I’m pretty sure I’ve got this one right! Thank you so much for stepping up Jane – and thank you  to all our face to face group leaders – you’re all brilliant. I truly believe that ground roots contact is the real strength behind our organisation.
If you want to find out more about a face to face group in the South east, please contact Jane at southeast@britishscbwi.org
Kathy Evans has worked really hard for us as a Network CoCoordinator. I'm sure we'd all like to join in thanking her for her commitment. And of course, she is, as she says above, still  a volunteer for SCBWI. 

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Proofreading Tips: Fact Checking


Fact (and feasability) checking
by Catriona Tippin

Polar bears with penguins? Dinosaurs with prehistoric people? 

Unless a plot explicitly allows, these are a couple of the impossibilities that have cropped up in children’s books. Check your facts…