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.

Sunday’s PULSE strand, developed by published authors FOR published authors and illustrators, is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time. And yes, did you see, we have THREE top-notch keynote speakers – Cathy Cassidy, Sally Gardner and Nick Butterworth! How cool is that?!

Saturday’s State of the Nation panel is where we get to grill the industry folk and take stock of new industry trends. How will they see my work as an editor and writer?

Plus I can’t wait to see friends, meet members and volunteers, to hear ideas for new initiatives and to network with people in the industry face-to-face. And, Sunday, I’ll get to spend some time immersed in picture books, carving out a little more time for my own writing.

Can’t wait to see you there!


Natascha Biebow has been Regional Advisor for SCBWI British Isles since 1998 and really enjoys supporting authors and illustrators. She's loved watching the region grow from 30 members with informal meetings to a 500 strong membership offering a whole host of events. She feels lucky to work with a fabulous team of volunteers. Natascha is a full-time mum, author and founder of Blue Elephant Storyshaping, a coaching service empowering writers and illustrators to fine-tune their work pre-submission. She is also the author of Elephants Never Forget and Is This My Nose?, and the editor of numerous award-winning children’s books.

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