WHAT’S ON July 2017

Events Editor A M Dassu looks at upcoming SCBWI events and shares all the details you need to know.

Where there is a SCBWI network, there is an event. There’s always something going on around the country. Here is a quick round up of what to expect over the coming months. Simply click on the links for more information and to book your place!


Manchester Panel Event: The Author/Illustrator as a Brand (Plus 1-2-1 opportunity for members) - Manchester

In association with the Manchester Children's Book Festival, SCBWI BI North West is bringing together a wealth of knowledge from all aspects of the publishing industry, including literary agents Penny Holroyde and Sinead Heneghan, editor Tilda Johnson and author and lecturer in literature and creative writing at MMU, Livi Michael. So, if you want to know the ins and outs, the hows and whys and the dos and don'ts of the business, they'll have it covered. And if you're daring to think about your art as a product, and yourself as a brand, this is the panel event for you.

Date: 01/07/2017
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Picture Book Retreat: Picturing Words and Writing Pictures – Worcestershire (Fully Booked)

A creative weekend for picture book writers and illustrators on the River Avon in Worcestershire. Members will be waking up each morning and jumping into a creative workshop to kick-start their writing, explore new techniques and experiment with words and images.
N.B: This event is now SOLD OUT - please look out for next year's booking opening in spring 2018
Date: 07/07/2017 - 10/07/2017


PICTURES AT PLAY, Biennial Exhibition 2017 in Collaboration with Half Moon Theatre

The new SCBWI Biennial illustrator exhibition will held be in the fabulous new gallery of the Half Moon Theatre, London (www.halfmoon.org.uk). Pictures at Play is a juried exhibition of the best of children’s book illustration in SCBWI.

Date(s) - 06/09/2017 - 03/01/2018

Tour of the National Library of Scotland - Edinburgh

Join fellow South East Scotland SCBWI and resident NLS engineer, Linda MacMillan, as she takes you on a magical 'behind the scenes' tour of the famous library. Did you know, when you enter the library there’s another eleven levels below and they have a copy of every single book ever traditionally published – that's millions of books!

Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

London Masterclass: Plot and Structure: Translation software for your story - London

Based on the plot and structure techniques of bestselling writer, James Scott Bell, coupled with Christina Banach's own experiences of applying his guidance when writing her young adult novel, Minty, this seminar is suitable for the plotter, pantser and everyone in between.

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

SCBWI Pitch Perfect Workshop - London

When faced with an agent do you launch into a concise and deal-sealing pitch? Or do you turn pink, blather on, then turn and run? Can you sum up the heart of your story in three sentences or less? Or do you struggle to describe what your story is about (in anything less than the length of a novel)? If you could use some help getting Pitch Perfect join this exciting workshop run by industry experts Sara Grant and Karen Ball.

Date: 19/09/2017
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

SCBWI Agents' Party

A fabulous opportunity to mingle with literary agents and pitch your book to them. SCBWI MEMBERS ONLY. Look out for booking openings.

Date: 22/09/17
Time: TBC

London Masterclass: Fiction Focus: Creating characters to care about - London

Characters are your story, but first we need to care about them. How do you write fictional characters, be they human or otherwise, that leap off the page? From story function to naming, voice to visual hallmarks, and that often problematic issue of character development, Piers Torday will discuss different strategies for writing characters who live long in the memory after a book is finished.

Date: 21/10/2017
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

And of course the THE SCBWI CONFERENCE is on 25th and 26th November 2017! Find out more about conference deadlines here. Watch this space for booking details!

*Feature image courtesy of Alison Smith


A. M. Dassu is a member of the Words & Pictures editorial team, she manages the Events team and SCBWI BI events coverage.
Contact her at events@britishscbwi.org
You can find her on Twitter @a_reflective and Instagram @a.m.dassu

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