WHAT'S ON In 2018

In her last post as Events Editor, A M Dassu looks at upcoming SCBWI events in 2018 and shares all the details you need to know.

Why not kick-start the New Year and beat those January blues by joining SCBWI members around the country for fun and interesting events that inspire you to write? As some of us were winding down our work towards the end of last year, Network Organisers were coordinating events especially designed for SCBWI members in the New Year. This year promises to be as eventful as the last and there will be something going on all 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!


EDINBURGH – Time To Write

Is there a creative goal you’d like to achieve in 2018? Want to find more time for writing? Wondering if there are ways to make better use of the precious writing time you have? Does the start of a new year fill you with dread as you consider the literary deadlines you’d like to meet in the months ahead? If so, this is the session for you! Learn about tools and strategies for carving out space in your busy schedule and then making the most of every minute, balancing writing with other commitments, getting more done in a limited amount of time, maintaining motivation and setting savvy goals and plan for success. You’ll walk away with tips, tricks and tools that you can use to help make 2018 your best writing year yet!

Date: 27/01/2018
Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


WRITERS RETREAT with Sophia Bennett

In need of inspired writing time, fuelled by cake and with expert advice on-hand? The hugely popular SCBWI Writers Retreat returns to Dunford House in Sussex. This will be the last retreat at the much-loved Dunford House as the venue is closing next year. Headlining will be award-winning author Sophia Bennett, Amber Caravéo, literary agent at Skylark Literary, and Carmen McCullough, commissioning editor at Penguin Random House Children’s.

Dates: 16/02/2018 - 19/02/2018
Time: 4:00 pm - 12:00 pm


EDINBURGH – An introduction to Scrivener

Join fellow SCWBI South East Scotland member Caroline Deacon, as she leads you through some of the features of this amazing writing software. Attendees will be shown how it can help with plotting, personal organisation, handling a large document effectively and even editing. It’s ideal for self-publishing too!

Date: 03/03/2018
Time: 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

LONDON – 1-2-1 Agent/Editor feedback + panel: What Agents & Editors Look For in a Submission

Following the popularity and success of last year’s event, London Industry Insiders are again offering SCBWI members a chance to receive 1-2-1 feedback from a leading industry agent or editor on a sample of their manuscript or a picture book. The 15-minute 1-2-1 sessions will be followed by a panel session around “What Agents & Editors Look for in a Submission”, which is open to non members.
This year they have top agents Thérèse Cohen (Hardman & Swainson) and Julia Churchill (A.M.Heath), as well as leading editor Chloe Sackur (Andersen Press).

Date: 06/03/2018
Time: 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

MANCHESTER WORKSHOP: ‘Character is Destiny: linking plot with character and theme’ with C M Taylor and in partnership with the Manchester Children’s Book Festival at Manchester Metropolitan University.

SCBWI BI North West, in partnership with the Manchester Children's Book Festival at Manchester Metropolitan University are thrilled to bring writer and lecturer C M Taylor to Manchester to share his expertise on structuring story. Many of us wonder whether we are really getting across the story that we want to tell. This is a special opportunity to think about the whole of your novel and learn a technique that ensures that your work is doing just what you envisaged. Craig is a successful novelist, book editor with Writers’ Workshop and experienced lecturer who can help us to drill down the nuts and bolts of telling an effective story.

Date: 17/03/2018

LONDON AUTHOR MASTERCLASS: WRITING YOUNG SERIES FICTION: Plotting, planning and what publishers want with Paula Harrison

A comprehensive look at creating fiction for ages 5 – 9, including plotting and planning your idea,and a discussion of what publishers are looking for.
Young series books are the stories that first hook children into reading independently and it’s crucial that they encourage children to love books. So how can you create a stand-out chapter book idea? How should you plot and plan out your series? How should you present your series to an agent or publisher? How can you keep your series going over a number of books? What kinds of things are publishers looking for and is the market changing? How can you promote your young chapter book series after publication? There will be short exercises on plotting and on how to keep a series going over a number of books. Paula will share her experiences and talk about what has worked for her. This will be an informal day with questions encouraged throughout.

Date: 17/03/2018
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

IMPORTANT: Booking is currently for SCBWI Members only, unless otherwise stated.

*Featured image courtesy of: Larissa Villa Hauser


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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