Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Keep Your Finger on the PULSE

This year’s SCBWI conference sees the introduction of an exciting new PULSE Track, which focuses on the needs of our growing numbers of published authors and illustrators.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 30th September

Is it really the 230th September already? Oh wait, that's a typo (goes back and edits title). I was sure September hadn't been that long! In fact, it seems to have flown by - helped, no doubt, by lots of quality blogs to read.

Monday, 29 September 2014

The Value and Distraction of Research

By Sue Hyams

My name is Sue and I'm addicted to research. There. I've said it. With me, research knows no bounds. There is no time that I can't fill with research.

I'm currently writing a story set in the late Victorian period. Although it's fiction, I like to be as accurate as possible, and this is where the research comes in. I recently signed up for an online course – Investigating Victorians with the University of Oxford – which took me away from my writing for ten weeks. Was that time away wasted? Nope. Was it worth it? Oh, yes! You see, research can lead to finding just the right detail that not only lifts your story off the page, but also gives you a real understanding of the conditions of the time, and that can only inform your story.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

From Your RA: Conference Special

Only five weeks to go before the SCBWI BI annual conference in Winchester!

Whilst, I’m mentally packing my bags – what should I wear to this year’s party? Gads, must sort a Halloween-themed frock of some kind; mustn’t forget the Crystal Kite (it weighs a ton!) and must find time to write a speech at some point – mostly I’m SO excited about what we’re offering.

Excitement is Building

Here on the sofa at W&P Towers, excitement is building as we're about to enter our conference month. Yes folks this year the 2014 conference fringe ( The Friday Night Critique) is on Friday October 31st, spooky!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

The Margaret Carey Scholarship Winners and Honorary Mentions 2014

Margaret Carey was a talented writer and illustrator and an  Undiscovered Voices winner in 2008. For many years, she organised events for both authors and illustrators in SCBWI British Isles with verve and passion. Her volunteering and amazingly generous spirit was recognized in 2010 when she received the inaugural SCBWI British Isles Outstanding Contribution Award. 

This Conference Scholarship was set up in memory of Margaret’s life as a children’s writer and illustrator and her large contribution to SCBWI British Isles.

Friday, 26 September 2014

ProCATsination, by Jion Sheibani

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Jion's Illustrator Showcase Gallery is here, She can be reached at
Click here for her personal website.