South East Network News

by Mariam Vossough 
Kathy and Mariam
The South East Network Co-ordinators are Mariam Vossough and Kathy Evans. If you're a SCBWI member living anywhere in the South East area they would love to hear from you. The whole area covers Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Kent, East and West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. This Network News from the South East spotlights Southampton Fareham, Chichester, Canterbury and Woking.

After requests from members, we are looking to restart a critique group in the Fareham/Southampton area. We’d love to hear from someone willing to run the group, or maybe you could share the responsibility with someone else. Kathy and I can advise and support you so please get in contact if you’re interested. Contact us at southeastATbritishscbwiDOTorg.

Chichester SCBWI goes from strength to strength, from just two of us meeting in a coffee shop over a year ago, we’re now a regular and vibrant body of ten. We’re a happy mixture of unpublished and well established writers offering support, encouragement and industry news. We’re at capacity now but if there are any more local people seeking a similar group please contact southeastATscbwiDOTorg and we’ll help you get something set up. Writing doesn’t have to be lonely!

The Canterbury coffee and chat continues to meet on the first Saturday of each month upstairs in Costa Coffee, High Street, Canterbury, from 10.30 -12.00. We've welcomed some new regulars to our mix of creative and talented illustrators and writers. There's never a shortage of things to talk about in this friendly and supportive group - and there's usually time to share work for a quickie critique. All members welcome to just turn up, but if you're new please alert janeATjane-clarkeDOTcoDOTuk to look out for you.

The Woking group is now entering its third year. We have a steady membership of five at the moment, and would be very happy to consider a further one or two folk to join our merry band. We spend our monthly meetings catching up on all things writerly and then providing feedback on submitted work. The members all write different things – from picture books to contemporary teen fiction by way of younger readers’ humour and 9-12 historical fiction – but that’s what makes it such fun! Please make contact via the Ning if you are interested in joining.

Mariam Vossough is a children's writer and scriptwriter. She also runs workshops and reviews books.


  1. Hi there! I'm mid-Hampshire (Overton). Sorry you're all so far away... :-(

    Ed Wicke

  2. Hi Ed, there are SCBWI members in and around Winchester. Vanessa Harbour does a Winchester Social and you should be really handy for the conference in November!


We love comments and really appreciate the time it takes to leave one.
Interesting and pithy reactions to a post are brilliant but we also LOVE it when people just say they've read and enjoyed.
We've made it easy to comment by losing the 'are you human?' test, which means we get a lot of spam. Fortunately, Blogger recognises these, so most, if not all, anonymous comments are deleted without reading.

Words & Pictures is the Online Magazine of SCBWI British Isles. Powered by Blogger.