NETWORK NEWS 2019 Events in September

Network News Editor, Janey Robinson, shares SCBWI events coming up in September across the British Isles

Autumn is approaching with a jam-packed calendar of SCBWI events to set you up for an inspired September. Find out what's on in your local area in our latest listing.

SCBWI Events in September

4 SEPTEMBER London Industry Insiders Pitch Perfect Workshop 19:00-21:00 at The City Lit – SOLD OUT.

7 SEPTEMBER Wales Carmarthen: Coffee & Catch Up 10:30-12:30 at Pethau Da (upstairs).

7 SEPTEMBER North West Manchester Meet and Critique 10:30 at Waterstones Deansgate.

7 SEPTEMBER Central East Authors and Illustrators Celebration 14:00-17:00 at Cambridge Central Library.

8 SEPTEMBER Wales Cardiff: Coffee & Catch Up 14:30-16:30 at Waterstones Cafe (upstairs), city centre.

10 SEPTEMBER Central North Brunch in Nottingham 11:00-13:00 at Cafe Sobar – no booking required.

12 SEPTEMBER South East Ticehurst Critique Group 10:30 at Greedy Goat Cafe – SOLD OUT.

13 SEPTEMBER Wales Abergavenny: Coffee & Catch Up 10:00-12:00 at The Chapel (Cafe).

14 SEPTEMBER Central East World Building with James Nicol 10:30-15:30 at Ely Library, Cambridgeshire – PLACES STILL AVAILABLE.

14 SEPTEMBER London Author Masterclass: Fiction Focus with Jo Cotterill 12:00-16:00 at Theodore Bullfrog pub – SOLD OUT.

15 SEPTEMBER Wales Swansea: Coffee & Catch Up 11:00-13:00 at Waterstones Cafe, The Old Carlton Cinema.

21 SEPTEMBER Central North Critique Meeting 10:30-13:30 at the Minerva Building, University of Lincoln – no booking required.

21 SEPTEMBER North East Critique Meeting 11:00-15:00 York Library OR Trafalgar Bay Pub, York.

27 SEPTEMBER London Agent's Party 2019 18:00-22:00 Bush Hall, Shepherd's Bush – SOLD OUT (see below for details of how to go on the waiting list).

28 SEPTEMBER Scotland Picture Books: From Concept to Creation 14:00-17:00 at Edinburgh Central Library, open to members and non-members – PLACES STILL AVAILABLE.

28 SEPTEMBER North West The Journey of a Book: Industry and author Panel event PLUS optional 1:1s 11:00-16:30 at Manchester Business School. Tickets still available, 1:1s fully booked.

30 SEPTEMBER South East Wokingham Critique Group 19:00 at Coppid Beech Hotel – SOLD OUT.

Other events to watch out for in September:

  • SEPTEMBER London There will be a pre-Agent's party brunch on a Friday in September. 
  • SEPTEMBER Wales Coffee & Catch Up. Date TBC at Food for Thought cafe, Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden. 
  • SEPTEMBER Wales Cardiff Critique Group (MG/YA face-to-face). Date TBC.

If you are interested in any of the SOLD OUT London events, please email Tania at to join a waiting list.

SCBWI Events Now Booking

5 OCTOBER North East Lynne Chapman: Illustrator and Picture Book Workshop 10:00-15:15 at Central Library, York.

16 NOVEMBER North East Workshop: Writing for Others with Patrice Lawrence 11:00-16:00 at Central Library, York.

Future Events to Watch Out For

2 OCTOBER London Self Publishing Social: An evening to learn about self-publishing, and chat to those who've made a success of it.

12 OCTOBER North West Informal Writing Retreat at Gladstone’s Library.

19 OCTOBER North West Manchester Meet and Critique 10:30 at Waterstones, Deansgate.

OCTOBER Scotland Scrawl & Scribble Crawl in Glasgow. Date: TBC.

OCTOBER Wales A Picture Book Workshop with Helen Docherty and an illustration workshop – October dates TBC. Venue: Cardiff Bay.

AUTUMN Central East Book Club TBA.

AUTUMN Central East Autumn Scrawl Crawl TBA.

Network Notices

SCBWI South West is on the hunt for a new network organiser. There are two vacant posts in need of enthusiastic volunteers willing to step up and carry on the good work Rita Lazaro has been doing. If you are interested in volunteering for the South West Network (Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire) please e-mail Marie Basting at

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The header image is by Niki Leonidou. Niki graduated from the Kent Institute of Art & Design in 2000 and has been working as a freelance children's book illustrator since then. More than 180 books with her work have been published worldwide. Her picture book Looking for Misty was nominated for the International Award for best picture book concept in Hasselt, Belgium, in 2014. She loves teaching art to children and has occasionally worked as an art teacher.

Janey Robinson is the Network News Editor for Words & Pictures. A SCBWI member since 2015, Janey mainly writes picture books with YA fantasy a more recent passion. She lives in North London but escapes to wide open spaces whenever possible, particularly places where you can see the Milky Way on a clear night. Twitter: @sjlrobinson

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