PROGRAMME

Book Now. SCBWI BI Annual Conference 2016.

Friday 18 Nov 2016

 The Friday Fringe is a great way to get into the conference mood and to meet lots of lovely people with whom you're going to spend the weekend!

2pm CRAWLS
 

Paul Morton Lorraine Cooke

Short walking tours of Winchester City Centre, stopping at inspirational locations to sketch or scrawl!

Sketching with Paul Morton.
Scrawling with Lorraine Cooke.

More info on FAQs page

4pm GUIDED CHATS AND SKILLSHARES
Bring tips and learn from others!
 

1. Emma GreenwoodCharacter Shake up & Creativity Stretch with Emma Greenwood – Ideas generation with Emma (and Stanislavski!) for anyone who's feeling a bit stuck. Bring any character (or story) that needs shaking up!

CatrionaTippin2. What's in a Name? with Catriona Tippin – How do you choose your character names? How much do they matter to the character, the author, the reader? What else do you have to consider when choosing? How do you respond when feedback says you have to change a character's name?

Nick Cross3. How to Add Character to your Author Biography with Nick Cross – One of the key rules of writing is "write for your audience" and that applies just as much to writing a biography. Nick will help you customise your bio for anything from LinkenIn to your SCBWI profile.

Jan Carr4. SCBWI is 20! with Jan Carr Can we collect 20 ALL NEW top tips for writers and illustrators, published and unpublished? Come with your own tried and tested tips or any gems you've found on the Web!

6 to 8pm FRIDAY NIGHT CRITIQUE
 

'Twas the night before conference … why not join us for our popular Critique Meet (with 80 plus fellow writers and illustrators)? If you've never attended a critique, then this will be a valuable learning experience. A fantastic opportunity to get feedback on your manuscript or artwork. We meet at 6 pm for a prompt 6.30 start. More info 

8.30pm DINNER
  New! Optional two-course set meal at the university (with wine and beer available to buy, or bring your own with a corkage charge). Open to everyone. Please note, this is a change to previous years and you MUST sign up to the meal on the booking form. For afters, come along into town to the Mercure Bar for a late night drink.

Saturday 19 Nov 2016

Saturday is a day of grounding yourself in the children's book industry – we have panels covering everything from picture books to teaching resources. In the evening, come to the party, a celebration of the publishing year's crop of SCBWI books and the presentation of the Crystal Kite Award.


8.45am

REGISTRATION OPENS
(for everyone not just newbies)
 

And so it begins! Sign in, collect your folder of goodies, find out which rooms your break-out sessions will be in, and settle in for a wonderful weekend.

Those new to the conference can come and meet our experienced conference volunteers. This friendly bunch will make you welcome, answer your questions and be available throughout the conference to help or just chat.


8.45 to 9.30am

MEET YOUR NETWORK
 

Ease yourself into the conference by meeting up with your local Network Organisers and volunteers. You can also check out what's up with nearby networks. There will be cool folks around to talk about every network area. A great opportunity to socialise and volunteer!

This is a great place fro newbies to connect with their local network and make friends for the weekend.

Find out what your network is

9.30 to 9.45am OPENING REMARKS
Natascha Biebow
  Natascha BiebowRegional Advisor Natascha introduces the conference theme.
9.45 to 10.35am Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 01.04.50AUTHOR KEYNOTE:
David Almond
 
10.35 to 10.55am COFFEE BREAK
10.55 to 12.15pm MORNING BREAKOUTS
 

Miranda Baker Caroline Walsh 

1. Picture Book and Illustrated Fiction Industry Panel On the panel are:
Miranda Baker, (Senior Editor at Nosy Crow,) 
Caroline Walsh, (Agent with David Highams Associates, whose clients include Jacqueline Wilson and Cressida Cowell,)
David McDougall, (Senior Art Director at Walker Books,)  
Polly Whybrow, (Editor for Illustrated Publishing at Bloomsbury.)

Meet some of the most influential people working in Children’s Publishing today! Come prepared with questions, because after they've given their views on the general state of the industry, it will be your chance to ask our panel directly about everything from getting started in the business, to all the latest trends in Picture Books and Illustrated Fiction.

  Helen Bryant2. Ask a Literary Consultant with Cornerstones Helen Bryant. Come armed with questions! Want to learn how to map a story in five minutes, dazzle an agent with a brilliant pitch, or master the concept of Show don't Tell? Don't miss your chance to pick the brains of top literary consultant, Helen Bryant, founder of Cornerstones.
 

Ruth Bennett Jane Clarke

3. PULSE: Series Fiction with Ruth Bennett and Jane Clarke. As children, many of us fell in love with reading through series fiction. How is series fiction generated in- house? What is the secret to creating the series fiction that excites young readers? How does one get a gig writing series fiction? 
Read about the PULSE track of the Conference

  Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 01.04.504. David Almond:  How to release the writer withinAre you writing comfortably? Maybe a little too comfortably? World-renowned author David Almond will help you break though your fears and inhibitions to release the wild writer within. Explore a brave new creative world! Who knows where it will lead you?
12.15 to 1.20pm LUNCH
 
1.20 to 2.20pm Leigh HodgkinsonILLUSTRATOR KEYNOTE:
Leigh Hodgkinson
2.20 to 3.40pm AFTERNOON BREAKOUTS
  Leigh Hodgkinson1. Leigh Hodgkinson – She writes! She draws! She animates! She makes wonky stuff!

 

Come and enjoy a relaxed session of chat with the remarkable Leigh Hodgkinson.

  Benjamin Scott2. Pitch Fright: From Nightmare to Dream Pitch with Benjamin Scott. Sweaty palms, tied tongues, and a blank mind; nothing fills most writers with more terror than the dark art of pitching. However, this workshop will help you craft a diabolically short pitch that sells your story without the need for torture (unless it’s in the story!). It will put the thumbscrews on what is really at the beating heart of your story: invaluable no matter what stage of creation you are with your idea, whether a first draft, a final draft, or somewhere in between. By the end of the session you’ll come away with a tighter vision for the story and a killer pitch. Please bring a specific project in mind and, if you want brownie points, prepare a 75 to 150 word summary or notes about your story!
 

Candy Gourlay George Kirk RM Tudor

3. PULSE: Creating additional resources for schools with Candy Gourlay, George Kirk and Becky Tudor.  Creating resources for schools is one way to be useful to the teachers and librarians who are key to putting books into the hands of our young readers. Here are great ideas, examples and cool tips on making school resources. Have you made some resources we could learn from? Tell us about it! This session would appeal to both published and indie authors and illustrators.
Read about the PULSE track of the Conference 

 

Roxie Munro Sarah Towle

4. New! Spark track: Storytelling Across Formats – the Rise of the Hybrid Author-Illustrator with Roxie Munro and Sarah Towle. How does researching, writing, designing, editing, illustrating and producing a printed book differ from making an app? How can you transition from print to digital and other media to make your stories speak across formats? Can your already published work be repurposed? Should it be? How are apps, e- and audio books even produced? Join Roxie Munro (author-illustrator-app creator) and Sarah Towle (author-publisher-app developer) — both “hybrid" children’s media creators — as they team up to offer a broad perspective on where our industry sits today from print to trans-media storytelling, and everything in between.
Read about the SPARK track of the Conference

 
3.40 to 4pm COFFEE BREAK  
4 to 5pm THE HOOK
 

Emma GreenwoodSeen Dragons' Den on the BBC? This is our version, but with agents and editors. Up to five conference delegates will each have 10 minutes to pitch their work to a panel of five agents and editors who will pick the most promising pitch. The winning author/illustrator gets to choose one of the panellists to meet one on one! It'll be tense! Emceed by Emma Greenwood.

Update: the agents have now been announced.  The lucky finalists will get to meet Yasmin Standen, Davinia Andrew-Lynch, Anne Clark, Bryony Woods and Thérèse Coen.

 5 to 7.30pm REST AND RELAXATION
 
7.30 to 11ishpm THE SCBWI PARTY
Including Mass Book Launch
and Crystal Kite Award
 

Time to let your hair down! A chance to socialise with other writers and rub shoulders with the stellar line-up of industry professionals attending. Partake of a drink or three, cheer the book launchers, and applaud the winner of the Crystal Kite AwardFind out more

Sunday 20 Nov 2016

Sunday is a day to roll up your sleeves! Take your pick of workshops and intensives whether you're an illustrator or a writer, whether you're indie, published or pre-published, there will be a session just right for you!

9.15 to 9.35am OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARDS  
  Volunteers make the SCBWI world go round. Here is our chance to celebrate the generous contributions of members from all over the British Isles.  
9.35 to 10.30am

Sarah DaviesPULSE KEYNOTE:
Sarah Davies

Read about the PULSE track of the Conference

 
10.30am to 12.30pm MORNING BREAKOUTS
  Viviane Schwarz1. Character design through improvisation: Hands on Picture Book development (Part One) with Viv Schwarz. Learn to tap into your spontaneous imagination to create surprising characters and spark off honest, engaging stories. Bring characters to life with creative exercises you can suit to your own work. Improvisation can help you get unstuck and give you confidence in your imagination, help you collaborate playfully and honestly… and it is a lot of fun.All day workshop.
  Cliff McNish2. Creating Heroes with Cliff McNish. Having trouble creating characters your readers truly root for? Why do YA readers love characters like Harry Potter? What are the traits that make Katniss from The Hunger Games or Grace from One, Sarah Crossan’s latest Carnegie winner, so unforgettable? We explore together what makes us fall in love with characters. Cliff is doing Heroes in the morning, Villains in the afternoon. Pick one or do both!
  margaret bateson hill3. PULSE: Creative Storytelling (Part One)  with Margaret Bateson Hill. Tell me a story! During the workshop we will explore the differences between writing stories, and the oral telling of stories and how can one inform the other. It is an interactive session. You will be asked to join in group exercises and to ‘tell part of a story’ and read from your own writing. All day workshop.
  Lin Oliver4. Creating a Comic Character with Lin Oliver. There are many types of humour in children’s books – slapstick, physical humour, puns and word play, exaggeration, jokes, comic plots, and the like. But the hardest of all to achieve, yet perhaps the most effective and enduring, is character humour. In this session, we’ll explore what makes a comic character, how to create a multi-dimensional character, and how to invest those characters with feelings that make children experience laughter and empathy at the same time. If possible, your optional assignment is to bring a one paragraph character description or sketch of a comic character you hope to create. Morning only.
 

Karen Inglis Susan Price Tamara MacFarlane

5. New! Spark track: Self Publishing Nuts and Bolts: Learn from Successes with Karen Inglis, Susan Price, Tamara McFarlene. Many authors have stepped off the traditional publishing route or decided to circumvent it all together. They’re finding success in self- or indie-publishing, which is becoming an increasingly vibrant part of the industry landscape. Others are mixing traditional and indie publishing to become “hybrid authors.” Learn from success stories all about the process of self publishing and marketing your independently published books. We'll explore opportunities, services and tools now available to children’s authors and illustrators so that you might decide for yourself: is indie-publishing for you? What do you need to know to make your book a success? What services are worth the investment? What can you do all on your own? Morning only.
Read about the Spark track of the Conference

12.30 to 1.40pm LUNCH &
FAREWELL REMARKS
1.40 to 3.40pm AFTERNOON BREAKOUTS
  Viviane Schwarz1. Character design through improvisation: Hands on Picture Book development (Part Two) with Viv Schwarz. Learn to tap into your spontaneous imagination to create surprising characters and spark off honest, engaging stories. Bring characters to life with creative exercises you can suit to your own work. Improvisation can help you get unstuck and give you confidence in your imagination, help you collaborate playfully and honestly… and it is a lot of fun.All day workshop.
  Cliff McNish2. Creating Villains with Cliff McNish.  Uncomfortable exploring the dark side of your characters? Worried you’ll make them unlikeable? Or maybe you just can’t create a bad guy or gal that doesn’t feel clichéd? Let us explore together what makes us fall in love with characters and what makes us loathe a villain – and also examine the darker traits without which no character has real depth. Cliff is doing Heroes in the morning, Villains in the afternoon. Pick one or do both!
  margaret bateson hill3. PULSE: Creative Story Telling (Part Two) Margaret Bateson Hill. Tell me a story! During the workshop we will explore the differences between writing stories, and the oral telling of stories and how can one inform the other. It is an interactive session. You will be asked to join in group exercises and to ‘tell part of a story’ and read from your own writing. All day workshop.
Read about the Pulse track of the Conference
  Roland Moore4. Developing Stories for TV with Roland Moore. Could you devise a story for an existing television series? Or adapt your own book for television? This session focuses on creating stories for television; including workshops on devising and testing story ideas; and tackling tricky subjects on children's television. The session will also cover markets and audiences for television stories. Afternoon Only.
  Paul Stickland5. PULSE: Self promotion Paul Stickland. Paul Stickland, author and illustrator of many picture and pop-up books, will be discussing the delicate art of self publicity, author events and visits, blogging, social media and more. Paul will also be exploring alternative ways of making a living from your artistic skills, including the world of online art and print on demand stores. Afternoon Only. 
3.40 to 4pm COFFEE, CAKE &
TILL WE MEET AGAIN
  … and not just any cake but the spectacular book launch cake from the Saturday night party! Last chance for a bit of book shopping, cake and a chat and giggle with your SCBWI colleagues before you make your way home. 
 

 

Book Now. SCBWI BI Annual Conference 2016.

 

 

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