SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

PROGRAMME

 

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FRIDAY 16 NOVEMBER

Friday 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!

The Famous Fringe!

If you are still wondering what will be happening on Friday afternoon, our famous Sketch & Scrawl Crawls will be taking place!

Scrawl Crawl details are here!

We are delighted to announce that the wonderful, B B Taylor invites you to join her on a scrawl crawl journey of discovery.

With the beautiful backdrop of Winchester for inspiration you will be exploring character, plot and setting in this 2 hour interactive session. 20 -30 minutes will be spent at each location for each activity before ending at a local cafe to share and unwind. This session will involve some leisurely walking and depending on weather you may need to wear warm clothes. 

All you need to bring is yourself and something to write with. 

Where to meet: We will meet at The Westgate at 2pm and set off on our walk!

Westgate

Our starting point at The Westgate

Westgate Museum

Look for the Westgate Museum!

Sketch Crawl details are here, click on the image!

Join Paul Morton for the Sketch Crawl

 

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)? This night is for everyone, whether it’s your first critique or you’ve been doing it for years. It is a fantastic opportunity to get feedback on your manuscript or artwork. We meet at 6pm for a prompt 6.30pm start.

For more information please see the Friday Night Critique FAQ.


8.15pm – Dinner

Optional two-course set meal at the university (with wine and beer available to buy). Open to everyone, even if you haven’t been to the critique. Please note, you must sign up for the meal on your online booking form.


SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER

Saturday is a day for networking, honing your skills and immersing yourself in the children’s book industry – whatever your level, there is something for you! In the evening, join us for the Industry party, a celebration of the publishing year’s crop of SCBWI-BI books and the presentation of the Crystal Kite Award.

8:45 – 9:30 Welcome coffee and registration
(For everyone, not just newbies)

And so it begins! Sign in, collect your folder of goodies, find out which rooms your 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.

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 happening in nearby networks. There will be folks around to talk about every network area. This is a great place for newbies to connect with their local network and make friends for the weekend, and a great opportunity for everyone to socialise and volunteer!


9:30 to 9:45 – Opening Remarks
With Natascha Biebow and Kathy Evans (Co-Regional Advisors)

Natascha Biebowkathy evans
Co-Regional Advisors Natascha and Kathy introduce the conference theme.

9:45 to 10:35 – Author Keynote
With Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson

10:35 to 10:55 – Coffee Break


10:55 to 12:15 – MORNING BREAKOUTS

“And the Winner Is  . . . ?”: What Makes for Award-Winning Illustration?
With Cathy Olmedillas (Founder/Director of The Anorak Press, publishers of Anorak Magazine and DOT) and Jake Hope (Chair of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Judges)
 Jake Hope
Delve into what makes an award-winning illustration with Cathy Olmedillas, previous judge for the AOI’s World Illustration Awards, and Jake Hope, who is not only CKG Chair but been involved in judging numerous awards, including the Macmillan Prize for Illustration and the Bologna Ragazzi Award. Explore how judges make their decisions and whether wow factors and winning traits are universal.
PULSE/SPARK: What You Need to Know about Nielsen
With Steve Bohme
Steve Bohme
No idea what Nielsen is except a vague sense that it might be important to your career? Nielsen Bookscan collects retail sales information from 35,500 bookshops around the world. Data that could affect authors and illustrators in a multitude of ways – from a publisher deciding not to acquire your manuscript to a bookseller stocking your book … or not. Here’s an opportunity to learn what Nielsen sales figures mean to you as an author or illustrator. Who sees them? How are they collected? Steve Bohme, Research Director at Nielsen Book, will lift the lid on sales data and reveal insights from its research into children’s reading habits and what that means to publishing.
Newbie Writers’ Workshop: Author 101 Submission to Agents
With Felicity Trew, Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency
How do you get your amazing manuscript from the confines of your computer to wowing an agent or publisher? This session will cover all you need to know about hooking an agent, writing that tricky first cover letter and writing a time-stopping synopsis. Not to be missed if you’re starting your writing career. 
Industry Panel Discussion: Children’s Publishing Industry Q & A
With Ben Norland (Executive Art Director, Walker), Bridget Marzo (Illustrator), Caroline Thomson (Agent, Arena), and Tiffany Leeson (Creative Director, Egmont)
  Bridget Tate
When you’re a kid, isn’t time travel easy? Aren’t we creatives the true beneficiaries of our bringing stories and characters from time immemorial to pepper modern children’s stories? With its heroic grandmas and wicked toddlers, is kidlit unique in presenting heroes and villains from every generation? We discuss the past, present and future as seen through the lenses of leaders in children’s publishing.

12:15 to 13:15 – Lunch


13:15 to 14:15 – Illustrator Keynote
With Benji Davies

Benji Davies

14:20 to 15:40 – AFTERNOON BREAKOUTS

Losing the Plot!
With Paula Harrison
Paula Harrison
Whether you’re a plotter or a ‘pantser’, plots are the glue that hold stories together. So how can you detect when there’s a problem with your plot? What can you do if you become stuck and you’re unsure which story path to choose? This will be a discussion of the structure of stories combined with practical tips to improve your plotting.
‘Speed Dating’ Your Stories
With Kirsty Stansfield (Nosy Crow), Yasmin Kane (Kane Literary Agency), Ellie Brough (Quarto) and Jenny Savill (Andrew Nurnberg Associates) hosted by Tracy Liennard
Ellie Brough
Get feedback on your story concept without it being terrifying! This is a round-robin-style session where you will have the opportunity to pitch your story idea to up to four agents or editors and receive immediate feedback. Benefit not only from perfecting your pitch as you move from agent/editor to agent/editor but also learn from each other as you listen from your position in each queue. Each back and forth will last roughly 3 minutes, leaving time between pitches to make adjustments according to feedback. Like speed dating but for children’s books!

Please note: Numbers for this sessions are limited. Please book early to secure your place. For more information on this session please see the Speed Dating FAQ

PULSE/SPARK: Video Marketing for Authors and Illustrators
With Julie Gribble and Roxie Munro
Julie GribbleRoxie Munro
Join the 21st Century! Julie Gribble, KidLit TV Founder, and author/illustrator Roxie Munro discuss classic and cutting-edge marketing techniques using easy-to-create videos. Participants learn production techniques and tools; devices and programs (their capabilities, and pros and cons); artistic and graphic tricks; and the elements of short snappy compelling videos, geared to book creators and their audiences. Gribble and Munro discuss ways to publicize, and the many marketing venues (some surprising!) available for your videos.
The Business of Illustration
With Derek Brazell, AOI
Derek Brazell
Demystifying the biz, from fees and negotiation to contracts and self-promotion.

15:40 to 16:00 – Afternoon Coffee


16:00 to 17:30 – The Hook
Hosted by Zoe Cookson and Kate Mallinder 

    Kate Mallinder 
Six conference delegates pitch their work to agents Chloe Seager (Northbank Talent Management), Alice Sutherland-Hawes (Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency), Molly Ker Hawn (The Bent Agency), and Ben Illis (The BIA)

Find more information including how to apply for The Hook here.

17:00 to 19:30 – Rest and Relaxation


Fantastic costumes on show at last years SCBWI BI Conference

19:30 to 23:00 – 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 Award.

Read the Party FAQ to find out more.

One glass of wine or juice on arrival is provided, thereafter it will be a cash bar. Canapés are also served, but if you think you’ll be hungry, please eat beforehand. And don’t miss the fabulous MBL CAKE!


SUNDAY 18 NOVEMBER

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 pre-published, published or self-published, there will be a session just right for you!

9:00 to 9:35 – Outstanding Contribution Award

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 10:25 – PULSE Keynote – Children’s Books Over the Years; Change and Continuity
With Nick Tucker

Nick Tucker

10:30 to 12:30 MORNING BREAKOUTS

PICTURE BOOK FOCUS: Under the Hood! (part one)
With Benji Davies
Benji Davies
Our illustrator keynote, Benji Davies,  gets under the hood of picture book making with this hands-on session. This session is for authors, illustrators, and author illustrators.
Inciting the Incident (Morning Session Only)

With Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson
An amazing opportunity to spend the morning with the fabulous, Catherine Johnson. 
The Multiple Adventures of MIDDLE GRADE FICTION (part one)
With Christopher Edge
From historical mysteries to fantasy adventures, middle-grade fiction encompasses a diverse range of genres. In this interactive workshop, Christopher Edge will present his own approaches to writing children’s fiction, exploring topics such as ‘finding your voice’, ‘crafting a killer opening’, ‘building believable worlds’ and ‘making characters real’. Drawing on his experience as both an author and a publisher, Christopher will discuss how to shape a book for middle-grade readers, young and old!

 

ILLUSTRATION FOCUS: Mocked-Up Masterpieces: making effective book dummies (morning only)
With Paul Coomey
Art director Paul Coomey (Stripes Publishing) takes a closer look at book dummies: what they can and could be – from those made by illustrators and author-illustrators for submission, to the dummies that publishers make for proofing books in production.
PULSE: Stun and Stagger ‘Em at Our School Visit Slam! (morning option)
With Mo O’Hara and Candy Gourlay
Maureen O'HaraCandy Gourlay
Horrified to realise that being a children’s author involves performance as well as writing and illustrating? Desperate to develop your own author act to guarantee school visits and gigs at festivals and conferences? What better way to learn than by watching your fellow authors perform the best bits of their school visits! Worry no more. Here’s a chance to watch and learn from a selection of SCBWI talent performing their best material over a range of age groups and themes.

Authors! If you can share a few minutes of razzle dazzle you think we can all learn from, please get in touch! On the day, we hope to curate a range of school visit ideas – for writers, illustrators, whether authors of picture books, young fiction or teen. Please submit an idea for your short activity/performance and whether you prefer to perform in the morning or the afternoon slam. Time to stun and stagger ’em!

12:30 to 13:40 – LUNCH


13:40 to 15:40 – AFTERNOON BREAKOUTS

PICTURE BOOK FOCUS: Under the Hood! (part two)
With Benji Davies
Benji Davies
Our illustrator keynote, Benji Davies, gets under the hood of picture book making with this hands-on session. This session is for authors, illustrators, and author illustrators.
Creating a Believable Historical World (Afternoon Only)

With Sophia Bennett

An amazing opportunity to spend the afternoon with the fabulous, Sophia Bennett. She will give you the tools and ideas needed to bring history to life for young adults and to make it irresistibly relevant for today.
The Multiple Adventures of MIDDLE GRADE FICTION (part two)
With Christopher Edge
From historical mysteries to fantasy adventures, middle-grade fiction encompasses a diverse range of genres. In this interactive workshop, Christopher Edge will present his own approaches to writing children’s fiction, exploring topics such as ‘finding your voice’, ‘crafting a killer opening’, ‘building believable worlds’ and ‘making characters real’. Drawing on his experience as both an author and a publisher, Christopher will discuss how to shape a book for middle-grade readers, young and old!

 

ILLUSTRATION FOCUS: More than Words – Illustrated Typography (afternoon only)
With Chris Fraser
Develop your creative voice by discovering your unique brand of hand-made illustrated lettering with Chris Fraser, designer extraordinaire.
PULSE: Stun and Stagger ‘Em at Our School Visit Slam! (afternoon option)
With Mo O’Hara and Candy Gourlay
Maureen O'HaraCandy Gourlay
Horrified to realise that being a children’s author involves performance as well as writing and illustrating? Desperate to develop your own author act to guarantee school visits and gigs at festivals and conferences? What better way to learn than by watching your fellow authors perform the best bits of their school visits! Worry no more. Here’s a chance to watch and learn from a selection of SCBWI talent performing their best material over a range of age groups and themes.

Authors! If you can share a few minutes of razzle dazzle you think we can all learn from, please get in touch! On the day, we hope to curate a range of school visit ideas – for writers, illustrators, whether authors of picture books, young fiction or teen. Please submit an idea for your short activity/performance and whether you prefer to perform in the morning or the afternoon slam. Time to stun and stagger ’em!

15:40 to 16:10 – Closing Remarks, Coffee and Goodbyes

We all gather together to say our thanks to the volunteer team. You have a last chance for a bit of book shopping, cake, and a chat and giggle with your SCBWI colleagues, before you make your way home.

 

C O N F E R E N C E   S P O N S O R S

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Main Sponsor: Golden Egg
 

SCBWI would like to thank the sponsors for their support. SCBWI is a non-profit organization
and does not endorse any products or services provided by external companies.

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