Hello, everyone, and happy summer!

The first half of 2010 has been a busy time for the SCBWI-BI with lots of events and good news from our members.

In February, we hosted the launch of the 2010 edition of Undiscovered Voices to much buzz from the industry.

We are excited to see several authors already being snapped up by agents and keen interest from publishers.

We are excited to see several authors already being snapped up by agents and keen interest from publishers.

The Masterclass Series is in its second year, offering hands-on, craft-oriented workshops for both writers and illustrators - check out the forthcoming events for this autumn and don’t miss out!

 This autumn we are also looking forward to the Agents’ Party, which will feature high-profile agents giving us an update on the state of the industry. So, even if you already have an agent, don’t miss out on insider tips that will give you the cutting edge in this competitive marketplace.

In May, we launched Pulse, an exciting new initiative that aims to provide workshops, lectures and professional development for published children’s book writers and illustrators. We have our finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the industry and will bring you updates on trends, help you market yourself in the “new-media, digital age”, offer exclusive networking opportunities and much, much more! Look out for more happenings this autumn and at our conference in November.

Yes, we are thrilled to announce that our Conference will be returning to Winchester on 13-14 November with a stellar line-up, lots of seminars and Pulse panels to help you take your career to the next level. We will also be hosting a party to celebrate over ten years of the BI region and members who were published this year. We look forward to celebrating with you there!

The SCBWI-BI board has been hard at work too, brainstorming ideas for how to add to our offerings for all our members, particularly illustrators and published members.

We will be launching some really exciting new initiatives this autumn. We would like to encourage you to join in the discussions by emailing us with your ideas for the BI region.

I am delighted to welcome two new members to our advisory board: John Shelley joins Anne-Marie Perks as Illustrator Co-Coordinator and Benjamin Scott joins me as Assistant Regional Advisor. Many of you will already have been chatting to Benjamin on the yahoo group as he has launched our new yahoo group moderator series. Welcome to both Benjamin and John!

See you at one of our events soon!

Natascha Biebow

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