Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

*** Conference 2022 SCBWI_British Isles ***

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Date(s) - 19/11/2022 - 20/11/2022
8:30 am - 6:00 pm

The Business School, MMU
Lyceum Place - MANCHESTER, M15 6BY



“Finding Your Power”






The SCBWI British Isles Conference is back!

(The booking form is at the bottom of this page)



Join us in person in Manchester in 2022


Friday Fringe ~ 18th November


 The Fringe is the perfect way to settle in for the weekend, with two free afternoon activities to choose from (the Sketch Crawl or Scrawl Crawl) and an informal dinner social at Brewdog Manchester in the evening (tickets are £20 incl welcome drink and food).

To book on the Friday Fringe, first book your Conference ticket below

then visit the Friday Fringe page for more details 


**Both the Friday Fringe events and Saturday Night Party/Industry Social need to be booked separately so please visit these pages after booking your conference ticket.



SCBWI British Isles Conference 2022


Saturday 19th ~ Sunday 20th November



Here’s what’s on offer – feel free to browse.


Enjoy and see you in November!


Programme 2022


For Illustrators 2022      For Writers 2022      For SCBWI Newbies 2022


Scholarships 2022


Friday Fringe & Dinner 2022      1-1 Professional Reviews 2022


    Saturday Night Party and Mass Book Launch 2022


Faculty 2022      Volunteers 2022


How to Get There and Where to Stay 2022      FAQs 2022




How to Book Your Place

The booking form is at the bottom of this page.

Are you an SCBWI member?

To receive your members’ only discount please login to your SCBWI account when booking.

Not yet an SCBWI member?

Either book below! Or join now for the members’ only discount!



Early Bird

Book by the 18th of September 2022 and one lucky person will have their conference fees repaid (not the optional extras). This will be decided by lottery and the winner will be informed by email.




Eight scholarships places will be made available for attendees from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds or those in need of financial assistance. Full details, entry procedures and criteria can be found here. The deadline to apply for a scholarship place has now passed.



1-1 Professional Reviews 

Writers and Illustrators: select your preferred Professional Reviewer and Time Slot on a first come, first choice basis.

This option closes 24th October for writers & illustrators

MS, synopsis and query letter to be sent by 30th October.

Illustrators’ Portfolios to be brought to the conference.

Bookings for the 1-1 Professional Reviews will be sent by email to all conference attendees who selected this option.

This will be an optional additional purchase of £40 members and £45 non-members.

If you want the link please select the 1-1 Professional Review option when booking your conference place. Further details on 1-1s can be found here.



 Do I have to pay with PayPal?

PayPal is just the tool we use to receive credit card payments, you don’t need a PayPal account (unless you want one).

Click on the link “pay with debit or credit card” (see below) and follow the prompts to avoid PayPal and it will lead you through the process.



Checkout using your credit card only



For International members only

Please use the regular booking system if possible.

However, if our payment system isn’t processing your credit card or PayPal payment, send an email requesting an alternate method of payment to :-

Sean Noonan – and/or

Please include your name and address and details of your SCBWI membership in your request.



Want to review your booking?

Log in to your SCBWI member home page and check out your event history.







Problems with bookings?

Email Sean Noonan – and/or

When booking by tablet or phone please tilt to landscape to avoid any difficulty seeing the whole form. Cheers.


Reminder: The programme is subject to change without forward notice.

Please note that unless we cancel the event, we are unable to refund any tickets already paid for.

For any COVID related issues please see below.



The 2022 Conference Programme QR code


  Scan the QR code to go directly to our programme.



SCBWI – COVID19 Policy

You MUST NOT attend the SCBWI British Isles Conference at MMU if you have tested positive for Covid within 5 days of attendance. If you tested positive 5-10 days before the conference, please check a lateral flow or PCR prior to attending and only attend the conference if either is negative. If you feel unwell, or you have been in contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 or who is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, please undertake a lateral flow test or PCR and only attend the conference if either is negative.


Attendees are strongly requested to do a lateral flow test before attending each day. 

In addition, SCBWI BI will take the following precautions: 

  • Sanitizing stations will be made available throughout the venue.
  • Masks may be worn, but are not mandatory, as per current government guidelines.
  • Attendees will be encouraged observe sensible social distancing and room layouts will reflect this.



REFUND POLICY: refunds will be ONLY be offered to those who cannot attend due to contracting personal (not household) COVID-19 on production of a valid, independent PCR test, dated no earlier than 11/11/22 and no later than 20/11/22, or an independently validated lateral flow (e.g. from independent online company), dated no earlier than 11/11/22 and no later than 20/11/22. Please email if you require a refund, along with proof of your booking and positive diagnosis.

SCBWI-BI acknowledges the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the UK and accept
our obligation to comply with any official guidance from UK Government. If at any time the government guidance changes, we may take one or more of the following measures for the safety of delegates attending this event, including:

(i) amend the programme without notice
(ii) limit food or drink availability;
(iii) impose specific requirements regarding personal protective equipment
such as the wearing of masks;
(iv) limit any planned entertainment; and/or
(v) designate alternative entrance and exit routes to the venue.

Attendees will be issued a full refund ONLY if SCBWI cancel the event in its entirety.


Illustrations © Jim Field 2022