Friday, 22 May 2015

Open Sketchbooks Part 2

Here are some more terrific working pages hot from the sketchbooks of industrious SCBWI illustrators. Our previous selection, Part 1 can be found here.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Writers' Retreat - Event Report

Dunford House

Alex English reports back from the 2015 SCBWI Writers' Retreat at Dunford House, deep in the Hampshire countryside. 

When I'd first gone on the SCBWI writers' retreat in 2013, I'd arrived with a blank notebook and no idea what I'd write. I came away with the first 1,000 words of a middle-grade novel set in a Venetian pizzeria. Now, in 2015, I arrived at the writers' retreat with the goal of finishing what I'd started two years ago. Unfazed by the fact I'd forgotten my laptop lead, I cracked out my fountain pen for a long weekend of low-tech writing bliss. 

Pulse Comes to the North West

Pulse comes to the North West 

SCBWI is delighted to announce our new partnership with the Manchester Children's Book Festival; a partnership that launches our Pulse presence in the North West and brings with it a range of opportunities designed to support the professional development of our published members. Over the next few weeks we'll be telling you more about Pulse and how the team are working with the Networks to expand activity, but in the interim here's a taste of what's happening in the North West. The events are designed to be of interest to both published and none published members.

Trailblazer Panel Event - What is the Worth of Creating for Children? 

Friday 26th June - 5-6pm pm– 

Followed by the gala launch of the MCBF 

Experienced authors and industry professionals wrestle with the merits and the perceived value of creating Children’s books. Why is writing for children thought of as a mere stepping stone to adult writing- a means to an end? Aren’t kids’ books worthwhile and important in their own right? Or is writing for children arguably more valuable than writing for adults?

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Proofreading Tips: Commas.

By Catriona Tippin. 

Grammar bug -
The Comma Butterfly

Here’s a look at proofreading your commas. 

This isn’t a complete grammar lesson on weak interruptions, non-restrictive relative clauses and all that jazz. It’s a reminder of four of the main uses of commas and some hints on errors to spot.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 19th May

Welcome back, blog lovers! Picture books seem to be a dominant theme this week, with a side order of crusading journalism and some very silly ways to announce your holiday. Read on, why don't you...

Monday, 18 May 2015


I feel I should be wearing a Stetson to say that.

The cowboy style expression is a variation of the old English greeting 'How d'ye do?' I've often wondered ' How do I do what?' in reply. It's an endlessly fascinating topic ...

Sunday, 17 May 2015

How to be discovered

Undiscovered Voices 2016 launched last Thursday. Read on to find to find out exactly what it is the judges are looking for, to appear in the new anthology.