Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Friday Fringe and Critique Groups 2020


Why the Friday Fringe?

The Friday Fringe evolved over the years, as many attendees arrived in Winchester on the Friday before the conference.

At first, early birds organised informal meet-ups. However, one year, a volunteer conceived a brilliant idea. Why not hold a critique meet-up the night before the conference. For many new members it was, and is, the first time they’ve experienced receiving, or giving feedback, on a manuscript, or portfolio. This led to everyone traipsing to a restaurant and sharing a meal – ice was broken, friends made.

Over time informal events sprung up. Volunteers hosting and sharing craft sessions, etc. This year, the Friday Fringe will be coordinated by Emma Greenwood and volunteers have kindly stepped up to make the day a vibrant experience.


What is a Crawl?

The Friday Fringe has a Scrawl Crawl or a Drink and Draw event. If you arrive early and want to socialise and have fun creating with friends old and new. It starts at 200 pm.

Scrawl Crawl Sessions 12pm or 2pm Venue The Scrawl Crawl will meet by Winchester Cathedral main entrance at 12pm and again at 2pm.  It’s a chance for writers to do what they do best.

Drink & Draw Social 2-4pm –  The Green Man, 53 Southgate St, Winchester SO23 9EH Buy a drink and head upstairs with your favourite drawing materials. There will be some fun warm up activities and drawing games, all in the warm and dry. It’s great way to kick off the weekend and meet some fellow scribblers.

SCBWI Newbie Crawl 4.15pm Venue TBA Walk up to Uni and tour the town showing all the important places around the Uni campus and the best route to the party venue ending in time for the Friday Night Critique. Join us for a bit of an orientation and a chance to meet some people before getting into the full conference flow.



What is the Friday Night Critique?

The Friday Night Critique is an optional event on the night before the conference. It is a critique meet – that is, people break up into pre-assigned groups and give each other feedback on their manuscripts and artwork.


How does it work?

Participants will be assigned to small groups according to genre in the beginning of October.

Each group will have a facilitator who will keep you informed.

You will need to have your manuscript (for picture book writers) or manuscript extract (2000 words for novels) ready to email to your facilitator by Friday 18th October, to give everyone time to read in advance and prepare feedback.

Illustrators do not need to send artwork in advance.

You can opt to attend on the booking form. It’s not just a way to acquire feedback on your work but a great way to meet the writers and illustrators you will spend the weekend with. Once you’re signed up, you will receive an email nearer the time to explain:

The rules of the event

How to send your manuscript excerpt if you’re a writer

Who your group-mates are


What is the Friday Night Dinner?

The Friday night dinner began when people attending the Friday Night Critique piled into town and had dinner together. Over time, things changed and it is now catered by the University.

If you wish to attend the dinner, remember to tick the box on the form along with your food choice and you will be charged for the meal at the same time as your conference fee. Remember, you don’t even have to be at the critique event to attend!

Friday night meal 8.15pm ~ follows on from the Friday Night Critique (but open to any and all delegates). Held at the University in the dining hall.

 Cost of meal: £19.00. (You can buy house wine or beer from the University staff, using cash, on the night)



Roast chicken supreme -with stuffing, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables


Chargrilled tofu, pepper, aubergine, courgette and red onion stack, with red pepper sauce, served with potatoes and seasonal vegetables (VEGAN AND GLUTEN FREE)

 There are two desserts: chocolate and orange tart, and fruit salad (can be served with cream). Both desserts are gluten free and vegan and they will be available on the night (half the desserts will be tart and half, fruit salad). 


If you have food allergies or other dietary requirements – including if you are vegan or gluten free and able to eat one of the standard options – please tick this box and describe your requirements. The caterers still need to know this information for their records even if you are able to choose one of the standard options. We will be in touch shortly after conference bookings close. You do not need to say if you are vegetarian. Thank you.



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