Friday, 28 April 2017

Lines of Intent, by Anna Willett


Anna Willett is a trained graphic designer and illustrator. At present she is currently writing and working on personal projects including a comic book and several picture books. She lives in Leicestershire with her two children.
Twitter: @anna_m_willett

Thursday, 27 April 2017

'Who's Afraid of the Big Techy Wolf' Event Report

On a beautiful sunny day in March a group of intrepid writers and illustrators from SCBWI South East Scotland met together to conquer their fear of the technological unknown.
Here, Network Coordinator and Event Organiser, Sarah Broadley tells us more about the event and offers us some excellent technological advice.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 25th April

Logo by Melany Pietersen
Nick Cross writes:
Welcome back to the Blog Break. Hopefully, you saw the Words & Pictures editorial a couple of days ago, but if not:


Thank you.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Ask a Picture Book Editor

Picture books that make us laugh!

Whether it’s a giggle or a guffaw, a chuckle or a chortle, there’s no denying that everyone LOVES to laugh. But how can you help ensure that your funny texts are going to make your readers smile and become a firm favourite?

Here are some top tips to consider when writing a funny picture book.

Debut Diaries–One Year On: Sue Wallman

Afternoon Tea with Tizzie

Welcome to Debut Diaries–One Year On, where SCBWI-UK members share their highs (hopefully lots of these) and lows (hopefully less of these) of the post-publication year. 

This month, Tizzie welcomes Sue Wallman, author of YA psychological thrillers Lying about Last Summer and See How They Lie, to join her for Afternoon Tea. After a whirlwind post-debut year, it’s a chance for Sue to put her feet up, and share her insights over a cuppa and some carefully chosen sweet treats, which reflect the mood of the months following life after debut.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

FROM YOUR EDITORS The Crystal Kite Awards 2017

It’s Crystal Kite time, folks! Get reading and voting for your faves. Words & Pictures Co-editor, Claire Watts, explains what it’s all about and how you can vote. 

Friday, 21 April 2017

An Illustrated Mural for Petts Wood Library

Art collaborations can be inspired projects, especially when children are involved! Picture Book Illustrator Loretta Schauer worked with young creatives at Petts Wood Library to produce a dynamic new panel for the library walls.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Self-Publishing Discussion with Debra Edwards and Camilla Chester Report

Marjorie Mallon writes about Debra Edwards' and Camilla Chester's route to self-publishing.
Photo Credit: Helen Moss
On Saturday 11th March, I attended my first SCBWI event: 'A Self-Publishing Discussion with Debra J Edwards and Camilla Chester' in Cambridge.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Sunday, 16 April 2017

FROM YOUR EDITORS Who are you writing for?

How do you feel about categorising children’s books by age and reading level? Words & Pictures Co-editor, Claire Watts, gives the question some thought.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Nadine Kaadan - A Syrian Storyteller in London

Author/illustrator Nadine Kaadan began working on stories for children in Syria, before conflict obliged her to move to the UK, since when she's written and illustrated books in Arabic and in English. Here she reflects on the way her background and two languages have influenced her storytelling.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Special Events Feature: Undiscovered Voices - The 2017 Launch and Preparatory Masterclass

Benjamin Scott and Catherine Coe, Undiscovered Voices (UV) committee members, talk to Events Editor, A. M. Dassu about the reason for setting up UV, offering a special preparatory Masterclass and what they look for in a submission.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Writers' Minds: A. F. Harrold

Photo by Naomi Woddis
A.F. Harrold is a poet, writer and performer with a plethora of books for younger readers including six in the series about Fizzlebert Stump, a boy who lives in a circus and The Imaginary, a book for slightly older readers, The Song From Somewhere Else and poetry in Things You Find In a Poets Beard (illustrated by Chris Riddell).

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 11th April

Logo by Melany Pietersen
Nick Cross writes:
Almost two decades after the word "weblog" was first coined, with social media ever more picture and video focused, the humble blog can sometimes feel like a relic from the past. But I'm pleased to see that lots of our SCBWI-BI members still view them as an important form of self-expression. Let's celebrate that and read some blogs!

Monday, 10 April 2017


By K. M. Lockwood @lockwoodwriter

 Most children are fascinated by volcanoes. They are huge and hot and noisy. They can spew out brightly coloured lava and an eruption is full of mindless violence and spectacle . . .

Sunday, 9 April 2017

SCBWI gives back with the Books for Readers campaign

The gift of a story is one of the most wonderful things you can give someone, which is why SCBWI is spreading the love and power of reading with the SCBWI Books for Readers campaign this summer. Words & Pictures Co-editor Ellie Brough explains.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Featured Illustrator: Elina Ellis

This month's Featured Illustrator is Elina Ellis. A recent graduate from the Children's Book Illustration MA course at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge, Alina's work explores character and narrative in vibrant digital and hand-crafted art. See a full selection of her work in the Featured Illustrator Gallery.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Justin’s Debut-Dance Ball: Yasmin Finch

Illustration by Louisa Glancy
Welcome to Justin’s Debut-Dance Ball, a virtual party to celebrate SCBWI-BI members’ debut publications. This month Justin welcomes picture book author, Yasmin Finch, to his ball, and invites her to take a turn on the dance floor, whilst he asks the questions only a newly-published writer can answer!

Monday, 3 April 2017

Farmer Falgu at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2017

Chitra Soundar reports back from the Jaipur Literature Festival where she was a speaker this year.

Sunday, 2 April 2017