EVENTS Scotland round-up


SCBWI Scotland Network Organisers, Caroline Deacon and Onie Tibbitt, consistently host amazing events, both online and in-person. Check out their upcoming line-up. 

Visual Marketing with Canva

Social Media Manager, Iris Pase — Thursday 26th January at 7-9pm, online

From creating a flyer to boosting your activity on social media, Canva is visual marketing’s best friend. The freemium content creator provides authors and illustrators with intuitive tools to create infographics, logos, social media posts, videos and much more.

Join our webinar to learn how to master Canva’s editing panel, use the platform’s templates in an original way, and improve your visual marketing skills.

The session will be led by Iris Pase, a freelance journalist and translator. Passionate about social media and audience engagement, Iris currently works as a Social Media Manager at Positive News Magazine and as a Production and Social Media Editor at The Ferret.

The workshop will be recorded and available for one month for those who purchased a ticket.

There are still a few places left — please contact, or go here.

Moniack Mhor Retreat

Moniack Mhor, Scotland's Creative Writing Centre, 27th February – 4th March 2023

A chance to fully immerse yourself in writing. This is an untutored retreat. Everyone has their own basic but comfy bedroom with desk and chair – the perfect writing nooks, and in addition there are some lovely communal spaces to write in – two cosy sitting rooms with wood burners, as well as the amazing straw bale house. There are woods to walk in nearby, and spectacular mountain views.

All meals and snacks are provided, and individual dietary issues and preferences are well catered for.

This week is particularly special as it will only be SCBWI members – so people like you! We imagine that there may be optional evening events, like crit groups, readings, whatever we fancy organising. The week is yours to use as it suits you best, away from the distractions of everyday life.

Moniack Mhor is situated high in the hills above Inverness, but is only about 20 minutes drive from the Highland capital. You can get to Inverness by train or bus, and there is then the possibility of shared taxis from there. In addition, if you are willing, we can put people in touch with each other for car shares.

…A place of rare space and weather-wildness and beauty. Something magical and good always happens here.

~ Ali Smith 

NB. This event is fully booked. To be added to the waiting list, please contact

For more information about Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre, Moniack Mhor, see their website:  

Creating Memorable Characters in Middle Grade Fiction 

Piers Torday, 8th February, 7-8.30pm, online

Every author has the same ambition: for readers to become totally immersed in your book and connect with the cast of characters you’ve created, following their every step and then imagining their lives beyond the final page. Join award-winning author Piers Torday for this workshop dedicated entirely to the craft of creating complex characters that strike a chord with your intended readership, and insight into the art of developing character arcs.

Piers Torday is an award winning and best selling writer for children, whose work has been translated into 14 languages and adapted for the stage. Books include The Last Wild trilogy (Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize), There May Be a Castle and The Lost Magician series (Teach Primary Book Award). Plays include The Box of Delights, Christmas Carol and The Wind in the Willows Wilton’s (Wilton’s Music Hall). He co-founded the Paul Torday Memorial Prize for Debut Novelists Over 60 and has been a judge for The Guardian Prize, the British Book Awards and the Costa Book Awards. His latest book is The Wild Before.

This is an interactive workshop so numbers are limited to 40. The event will be recorded and will be available for one month for those who have purchased a ticket.

There are also two complimentary places available for those for whom cost is a barrier. Please contact for more information, or book here


Aberdeen Scribble, Scrawl and Crawl

At Duthie Park in Aberdeen, 25th February, 10.30am-12.30pm 

Join SCBWI Scotland member and writer, Lynwen Pirie, for a creative wander around Duthie Park and its beautiful glasshouses in Aberdeen.

This is a relaxed, informal event to meet fellow SCBWIs and try your hand at a little writing and sketching while browsing the gardens.

We will meet at the entrance of the Winter Gardens, and spend the first hour wondering around the different rooms, carrying out nature inspired writing tasks and then head to the education room in the Japanese gardens for the second hour for more writing games and sharing. It will all be light-hearted and social and there is no pressure to share any writing or illustrating, just if people want to.

To join in you will really only need a pencil and rubber, and a notebook of whatever size and type you prefer. 

Perhaps the more artistic among us might want to take pens or crayons too, but they are not essential.

Please let Lynwen know if you wish to join in the fun by emailing

Upcoming Events

Running Events for Schools on March 25th 10am, online, facilitated by Justin Davies and Lindsey Littleton. 

This event will only cost £5 as is is part-funded by Scottish Book Trust. Details coming soon.

*Header image: Hannah Sanguinetti


Stephanie Cotela is the Network News & Events Editor for Words & Pictures magazine.


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