Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Riding the Waves of Change

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Date(s) - 01/11/2014 - 02/11/2014

The University of Winchester
The Stripe Complex, Sparkford Road - Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR

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Badge: Riding the Waves of Change, Conference 2014

Use the form below to book your place in our yearly conference


1 November 2014 – 2 November 2014
The Stripe Complex
Winchester University
SO22 4NR

Our seventh annual conference offers a mix of inspiration, opportunity, fun and learning for writers and illustrators, both published and unpublished. VIEW THE PROGRAMME

This year, we have not one, not two, but THREE keynote speakers: Queen of Teen CATHY CASSIDY, beloved illustrator of the Percy the Park-keeper books NICK BUTTERWORTH, and Carnegie winning SALLY GARDNER.

 Conference Keynotes: Cathy Cassidy, Nick Butterworth and Sall Gardner

  • NEW! PULSE Track: A special track for published (PAL) authors and illustrators, covering self-promotion, school visits and social media. A marketing and school visit round table; interview technique; librarian meet-up; Twitter triage; top blogging & social media and website tips. 
  • Sunday Craft Intensives: Provide attendees an in-depth look into creating picture books, crafting pop-up books for illustrators, writing for reluctant readers and plotting your novel, plus a special intensive for those new to the art of getting published.
  • Talks & panels: Meet the Industry Professionals panels of editors, agents and art directors – one for writers, one for illustrators, one for non-fiction. The State of the Nation Panel debates how publishing is reinventing itself.
  • Showtime for illustrators: An open portfolio exhibition, competitons and a chance to see our brilliant touring showcase! 
  • One-to-one manuscript and artwork reviews: Your chance to meet and get feedback from industry professionals.
  • Mass book launch & party: Hurrah for all the latest books by our PAL members! Our chance to celebrate the publishing successes of our colleagues. Schmooze and network with industry professionals at our Saturday night party!
  • Awards and prizes: The Crystal Kite & Outstanding Contribution Award presentations, plus many more competitons and chances to show off your craft and win.
  • Fringe critique event: Can't wait to get started? Come for the optional critique meet on the evening of Friday 31st then meet up with other delegates for dinner afterwards. It's a great way to break the ice and meet people.

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