Happy Birthday Words & Pictures

Two years ago, a shiny brown acorn dropped from a wise old oak and began, vibrantly, to grow. Words & Pictures.org was this healthy acorn, and the many years of its printed parent, the deeply rooted oak. 

We have two fabulous authors,  Candy Gourlay to thank for the acorn, and Elizabeth Wein to thank for the oak – and of course, all the many, many other volunteer members of SCBWI, who have put hours, days, months, years into the healthy growth of this rich on-line resource for members - in particular Jan Carr for getting W&P off the ground and flying!

A great big heartfelt thank you, to each and every one of you

To celebrate the depth and breadth of inspiring and informative features posted throughout the years of Words and Pictures, I have highlighted a pick from each day of the week. I couldn't possibly choose from all the wonderful posts, so these are entirely picked at random – which just goes to show that wherever you look on the blog, you won't fail to find a jewel of something sparkling.

Monday 19th August 2013 In her Social Sheila series, Sheila Averbuch's video guides us on the art of tweeting with agents and publishers, without getting in to trouble.

Tuesday 28th December 2010 (from the archive) An incredibly in-depth look at the winners of the second Undiscovered Voices competition - this is a must-read for those hoping to enter the next Undiscovered Voices, to be launched in 2016.

Wednesday 3rd April 2013 Rosemary Bird-Hawkins takes us on a comprehensive tour of how to make money as a writer running writing workshops for children - with a wealth of ideas and advice.

Thursday 31st October 2013 Gill shares a handful of case studies for why being part of a SCBWI network is invaluable for writers and illustrators.

Friday 15th August 2014 Featured illustrator - one of the winners in the 2014 Undiscovered Voices Anthology - shares his artist's journey.

Saturday 26th July 2014 Nick's fabulous call to Blow Your Own Trumpet! This is a grand idea. I think we should incorporate more of this on a regular basis.

Sunday 14th July 2014 in From your Editor, Jan talks about why it's so great to receive feedback in the comments section after each feature on W&P.

If you enjoyed looking at this choice, random selection, then go in and have a dip yourself - there really is a treasure trove of all things creative and inspirational, waiting for you.

I'm really looking forward to embarking upon the third year of Words & Pictures, and sharing the journey with our fabulous team.

Very many happy returns, Words and Pictures.

Nancy Saunders is the new Editor of W&P. You can find some of her short stories here, and on Twitter @nancyesaunders


  1. Hooray for Words & Pictures! It was quite strange to rediscover myself being interviewed about Undiscovered Voices - I'd quite forgotten about that.

  2. Nancy, trumpets nay FANFARES should be blown for you for picking up Words and Pictures and running with it so splendidly!
    Yes indeed, Happy 2nd Birthday W&P!

  3. Happy birthday, W&P, and may there be many more.

  4. Happy Birthday! Raising a glass over a slice of e-cake to W&P teams past and present.


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