NETWORK NEWS 2020 Events in March

Network News Editor, Anne Boyere, shares SCBWI events coming up in March across the British Isles.

Storm Dennis is raging as I'm writing this post. Spring feels like a distant dream. And yet... snowdrops and crocuses are coming out, trees are beginning to bud, and SCBWI networks have lots to offer! Critique groups, socials or a special event, which will you choose to kick off Spring writing?

SCBWI events in March

1 MARCH Wales Cardiff meeting 14:0016:00, Cardiff Waterstones 2A The Hayes, Cardiff, CF10 1WB.

2 MARCH North East Critique group 18:0021:00, Tao Leadership, 4F Sunco House, 5 Carliol Square, Newcastle, NE1 6UF.

3 MARCH Central North Brunch 11:0013:00, Cafe Sobar 22 Friar Lane, Nottingham.

7 MARCH London Author Masterclass: Industry perspective with Rachel Hickman 12:0016:00, The Theodore Bullfrog Pub, First floor meeting room, 26-30 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6HL. This event is SOLD OUT but keep an eye out for cancellations!

7 MARCH North West Meet-up and critique group 10:3014:30, Waterstones events room, Deansgate, Manchester.

8 MARCH Wales North Wales Meeting 14:0016:00, Gladstone's Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3DF.

8 MARCH Wales Swansea coffee and catch-up 11:0013:00, Waterstones Cafe, The Old Carlton Cinema, 17 Oxford St, Swansea, SA1 3AG.

9 MARCH Wales Abergavenny meeting 11:0013:00, The Trading Post, 27 Nevill St, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 5AA.

12 MARCH Central West Book launch, B.B. Taylor's The Vigilante Fairy 18:30, Waterstones, 24-26 High Street, Birmingham, B4 7SL.

12 MARCH London London Book Fair after party 18:0022:00, The Cumberland Arms, 29 North End Rd, London, W14 8SZ.

12 MARCH Scotland All genre critique group 19:3021:00, Broughton Street, Edinburgh.

14 MARCH Central West Monthly critique 10:00, Waterstones cafe, Birmingham.

14 MARCH London Illustration Masterclass: Bring your character to life 13:0017:00, With Jeff Crosby, at The House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King's Cross, London, N1C 4BH (discount if you book the four forthcoming illustration masterclasses).

14 MARCH South West MG/YA Rogue Critters critique group 10:00, Bookbarn International (please note, the group is currently full). Contact for information.

16 MARCH Scotland Edinburgh YA critique group 10:3012:30, Waterstones Princes Street, 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD.

19 MARCH Scotland Edinburgh Picture Book critique group 10:3013:00, Waterstones Princes Street, 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD.

21 MARCH Central North Critique Meeting 10:3013:30, Minerva Building, The University of Lincoln, Lincoln.

21 MARCH North East York Critique and skills share meeting 11:0015:00, Trafalgar Bay Pub, 7 Nunnery Lane, York, YO23 1AB.

21 MARCH South West Bath Picture Book critique group 10:00 in Bath. Contact for details or if you would like to join.

30 MARCH Scotland Edinburgh middle-grade critique group 10:3012:30, Waterstones Princes Street, 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD.

MARCH South West Critters for all kids' writer New group just getting off the ground  watch this space! Contact for information. Exeter Critters for MG/YA ran by Amy Sparkes and Exeter Picture Books.

MARCH Wales New Pembrokeshire group Network Organiser Zoë Thomas tells us the group is a work in progress but keep your eye on the Wales network! For more details, email Zoё on

Events Now Booking

18 APRIL Central West 'Using the LOCK technique' with Christina Bannach Details TBC.

25 APRIL Central East Query Letters with Gemma Cooper 14:0015:30 Cambridge Central Library,
7 Lion Yard, Cambridge, CB2 3QD.

25 APRIL North East Creating Characters workshop with Martyn Bedford 14:0016:00 York Central Library, Library Square, York, YO1 7DS.

9 MAY London Author Masterclass: Fiction focus, Plot Perfect with Patrice Lawrence 12:0016:00, The Theodore Bullfrog Pub, First floor meeting room, 26-30 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6HL. Now SOLD OUT but keep an eye out for cancellations.

6-7 JUNE Gladstone's informal retreat Contact or call Gladstone's library directly to book a room or come along for the day as a reader and you'll find many SCBWIs in the same place at the same time for writing, coffee, cake, and encouragement.

Future Events to Watch Out For

4 APRIL, 2 MAY North West Critique meetings 10:3014:30, Waterstones events room, Deansgate Store, Manchester.

25 APRIL Central North Scrawl and Scribble We'll be writing and drawing our way around selected venues in Lincoln, indoor or outdoor, depending on the weather! Meeting point and times TBC.

20 JUNE Central West GEA Taster event.

Central West Retreat TBC.

SPRING North East Lynne Chapman illustrator workshop Rescheduling TBC

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Header Image: 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. She is also a published author in Greece. 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. Follow Niki on InstagramFacebook, or Twitter.


Anne is a writer and a breastfeeding counsellor. She is fluent in English and French but, please, don't ask her to do maths in English or her brain will fry. You can ask her about her four children, husband and cat and she will happily tell you all about them until you beg for mercy. She won the 2018 Winchester's Writers' Festival prize in Funny Fiction for her story about a grandmother were-cow and was shortlisted in the Writers & Artists' Writing for Children and YA 2019 competition. In her spare time, she murders violin pieces or dreams about being invited to Desert Island Discs (spoiler: her book of choice would be Eloise).
Twitter: @AmusedNonQueen

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