Thursday, 26 May 2016

Noodling out your story by M. Louise Kelly

 Earlier this month SCBWI Southeast Scotland was lucky enough to host Elizabeth Dulemba as she delivered an event for picture book writers and Illustrators. It was the first event Elizabeth had done for us and the first we’d run on picture books. It sold out WAY ahead of the date. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Opening Lines with Anne Clark


What grabs the reader's attention? What immediately draws you in and makes you want to read on?  

We are excited to welcome Anne Clark from Anne Clark Literary to Opening Lines this month. Anne has taken time out of her busy schedule to offer professional feedback on the opening lines submitted by our brave SCBWI members. 

Monday, 23 May 2016

Darkness and delight

On this day in 1935, Susan Cooper was born in Buckinghamshire. If you have any interest in fantasy, you will know the name and the 'The Dark is Rising' Sequence. Even if you have yet to enjoy all five, you almost certainly will have encountered works influenced by her creations.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Masterclass Report: David Lucas

© David Lucas, from This is My Rock (Flying Eye, 2015)
On 7th May SCBWI welcomed David Lucas to the House of Illustration. It was the second session of the 2016 Masterclass series. This session focused on the art of story creation. 

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Network News: south east Scotland

Lindsay McKrell
Member Lindsay McKrell, a previous winner in the New Writers Awards, has  been named on the longlist for the prestigious Times Children's Fiction Competition, run by Chicken House.

Well done, Lindsay! Lindsay reports that the competition was the spur she needed to finish up work on the project, called LILY WICKED. See the full longlist here.

Event Report: Publish or Perish by Kim Hutson

Kim Hutson looks at what could happen in the children's publishing world by 2020

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Proofreading Tips - Plots (and some dates)

Plots (and some dates)
Now and then a writer decides to embed a future date into their work. In 1949 George Orwell looked towards Nineteen Eighty-Four. The first Back to the Future film aimed for 21 October 2015, and in his 1985 novel, Galapagos, Kurt Vonnegut uses 9 May 2016 for a pivotal plot point. 

So to mark that date’s passing I’d like to share a video of curmudgeonly Kurt explaining the shape of stories…