Friday, 28 February 2014

Featured Illustrator: Jion Sheibani

 This month Words and Pictures welcomes a new artist Jion Sheibani as Featured Illustrator. With experience of living in both the UK and France, Jion launched her career with the support offered by SCBWI. See more of her work on the Featured Illustrator Gallery.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Judy Waite: 'Growing Pains, Writing for Young Adults' Masterclass, 8 March 2014

Alison Smith
Judy Waite is an award-winning author of over forty novels for children and young adults. Her work ranges through picture books for the very young, up to gritty young adult and ‘crossover’ fiction, which include Forbidden and Game Girls.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 25th February

Numbers seem to be a big theme in the world of SCBWI blogging this week, whether it's:
1) how many books you've sold
2) how many you've read, or
3) how much better it is to have three things in a list!

Monday, 24 February 2014

Shaping an MA: an interview with Julia Green

Eden Endfield
The Bath Spa MA in Writing for Young People has been a great success, with many distinctive published writers emerging over the last ten years: Sally Nicholls, Elen Caldecott, Marie-Louise Jensen, Gill Lewis, Sam Gayton, Sheila Rance, Emma Carroll, to name a few.
The course has helped to shape the landscape of emerging British writers for children's fiction from YA to picture book.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

If Only W&P Could Talk...

The title nicked and bodged from James Herriot's 1973 classic is not such a vain hope, oh no. We're running with the marvellous Sara O'Connor's idea to transform the very popular Ask a Publisher post into a podcast.  We have some wonderful publishers on board and two very-lucky-to-get interviewers - thank you Catherine Jacob and Rowena House!

Saturday, 22 February 2014

A Debut Historical Writer Joins the Literary Scene!

This week we are recognising the achievements of SCBWI member, Paula Warrington, and hear how she is inspiring others to strive for their literary dreams. Paula has written for children on and off for many years and celebrates today as her short story is published in Timelines Anthology.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Pop Ups: Part One

Ed's note: A post from SCBWI BI's Illustrators' blog 2010, very much worth rerunning here as a prelude to Trish Phillipsnew pop up post next month. Over to Trish...

As Pop-up books are a little different, I thought it might be interesting to show a bit of the process which goes through many stages, here is a very condensed version of events!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

When Words Get Together

Hyphenated words / hyphenated-words / hyphenatedwords

Catriona Tippin aka @ProofReadingTip gives us the low-down...

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 18th February

Turned out nice again, hasn't it?

Er, no. Not at all.

So my suggestion is to stay inside (ideally in a boat) and enjoy the best of this week's SCBWI blogs!

Monday, 17 February 2014

Sarah Lean on Voice

Charlotte Comely

Warm, friendly and amazingly down to earth were the comments from students after Sarah Lean came to give a pep talk to Creative Writing Students at Winchester University.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Falling in Love Again...

Next month is the submission window for the SCBWI Work in Progress Grants and in my Internet meandering this morning I came across an interview with Karen Cushman whose grant is also up for grabs in March - if you're old enough!  But we're still in February and some of what Karen was talking about fits so well with this month's  theme. She quotes Ray Bradbury, who said so many great things, here's one of them:

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Nick Cook rides the clouds to success

Hearts, flowers and chocolates galore go to SCBWI debut author Nick Cook this week, as we celebrate his deal with Three Hares Publishing. His novel Cloud Riders is the first in a YA trilogy to be published on 1st May 2014.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Quickfire Illustrators

Sally Kindberg
What's the one thing that illustrators have in common? With all the variety of techniques and approaches we have, what's the single thing that connects the disparate creative sensibilities of freelance artists? Read on to find out!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

More than words on a page

Nicky Schmidt
Morag and Nicky
Everyone keeps reminding us; writing is tough, as is getting published. For those writing short stories and poetry it can be even tougher. So when I met Morag Caunt, of the SCBWI-BI’s North East region, I was fascinated to hear what she was doing with her short stories. As I listened to this unassuming but enthusiastic woman I knew Morag’s story had to be shared.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 11th February

It's nice to emerge from my hermit hut for a quick blog-reading break, as I've had my head down writing this last week. It's kind of weird not blogging myself at the moment, but also great to be spending so much more time in the world of my story.

Monday, 10 February 2014

With a Passion

During February, the retailers encourage us to think of passion in its later romantic definition. But before it was borrowed, it had a broader meaning. If someone was in a passion then they might well be in a rage – hence a ‘crime of passion’.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

In Praise of TV

Yesterday was National Libraries Day and confession time, I realised that so far this year I have not read a single book cover to cover and my Goodreads account is hopelessly out of date.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Agent Party Success Story!

Pop those corks, people! Today we are celebrating not just one person's great news but the wonderful way that SCBWI can help you in your writing journey!

Andy Shepherd found her agent, Jo Williamson, through the fantastic SCBWI Agent Party that was held in November 2013 at the Frontline Club in London (organised by the amazing Michelle Newell).

Friday, 7 February 2014

Picture Book Basics - Graphic Design

After the artwork is created the next stage to consider is the text and the design layout. For a commissioned title this might all be handled by your publisher. Nevertheless, it's important to know some of the processes involved. This essay in Book Basics has been entirely put together by book creator and independent publisher Gillian McClure in consultation with her graphic designer Lisa Kirkham, experts in the process of designing and laying out books for publication. 

Network News: Mixed-genre critiquing in the North-West

By Gill James 
The events room at Waterstone’s is even more mysterious than usual. There’s just about enough room to set out a long table for the six of us. We can’t find the light switch. The sky is grey, which isn’t unusual for Manchester. Screens block the little light that comes through. The room feels chilly.
We realise that we’re tripping over furniture that’s had its day and has been replaced by better in the cafĂ©.
And then some magic happens.
The lights snap on.
And we start to critique.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

The Yuk Factor

By Celia J Anderson

Let me explain. The Yuk Factor is a term we use in my Year Five and Six reading groups for any sort of writing that oversteps their soppiness mark. The kissy bits. The luuuuurve angle. The parts that make them shudder. 

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 4th February

I'm sure you've been on tenterhooks since last week, wondering what happened to that enormous boil on Maureen Lynas's bum? Well, you can either find out here or you can read on for some blog posts that don't sound like an episode of Embarrassing Bodies...

Monday, 3 February 2014

Trust Your Subconscious by Beverley Birch

Try a web search on ‘subconscious mind’. You’ll find a surfeit: definitions, exploring it, connecting subconscious and conscious to expand creativity. And so on. 

And a lot on making conscious effort to tap into that vast personal repository of memory, perceptions, knowledge, emotions.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

In the flow...

Welcome to February and I think we're in the flow. There's been talk about voice in the SCBWI ether over the last week or so. We've had Nicky Schmidt's epiphany and Maureen Lynas' boil on the bum incident - if that won't make you click over to Nick's blog break, don't know what will!

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Let's celebrate with The Nowhere Box and a Perfect Prig!

This week, as we welcome in the Chinese Year of the Horse, we take a pause in our feasting to toast two debut picture book author-illustrators, Sam Zuppardi and Julie-Anne Graham.