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Date(s) - 22/01/2022 - 23/01/2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Virtual meeting via zoom
online - online,



SCBWI British Isles Bootcamp 2022



Saturday 22 Jan 2022 10am to 3.30pm with a break for lunch

Sunday 23 January 2022 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. with a break for lunch

Location: Online only

SCBWI-BI is offering a Bootcamp for debut authors and illustrators to help them prepare for their inaugural book launches. We’ll discuss ways to promote your book, maximise social media, create educational and entertaining school visits – both in person and online – and work with your publisher and the children’s book community.

You must apply before 6 Dec 2021! This event is only for authors and illustrators who have a book coming out in the next 18 months. Authors and illustrators who are previously published may also apply, but a limited number of places are available with priority given to SCBWI-BI members with books coming out in 2022.

If your application is accepted, you will need to download the Slack app the week before the event. We will use this platform to deliver content and encourage discussion the week before through the week after.



Saturday 22 Jan 2022

10:00 a.m. Welcome
10:45 a.m. Planning for Publication – how to organise your time and resources to maximise book promotion and save your sanity.
11:15 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. Panel of children’s book industry professionals – how to work with your publisher.
1:00 p.m. Lunch break
2:00 p.m. The How & Why of Digital Opportunity – an overview of social media and how best to use the different platforms.
3:00 p.m. Breakout sharing sessions – writers and illustrators will break into small groups to discuss and share promotional ideas.


Sunday 24 Jan 2022

10:00 a.m. Welcome and recap of sharing sessions.
10:30 a.m. School Visits: Getting Your Act Together – a tutorial in how to host successful school visits.
11:30 am Break
11:45 a.m. Panel of librarians, booksellers and event organizers – advice on securing speaking engagements and making the most of opportunities to meet readers.
12:45 p.m. Lunch break
1:45 p.m. Final Q&A with Mo O’hara and Sara Grant and Wrap Up



Interested writer and illustrators will need to apply. You will need to provide details on you and your upcoming book. Places are available for traditionally and self-published authors/illustrators. You will not be asked to pay until your application has been accepted.

  • – £35 for SCBWI members
  • – £45 for Society of Authors members
  • – A limited number of fully funded tickets are available for writers under-represented in children’s publishing, including:
    • SCBWI British Isles members who have financial need
    • SCBWI British Isles members who identify as BAME, LGBTQIA+, disabled or working class
    • And non-members who identify as BAME, LGBTQIA+, disabled or working class

Applications close on 6 December.


Your Drill Sergeants

Since 2016 Mo O’Hara and Sara Grant have hosted SCBWI British Isles Bootcamp. They will once again facilitate the activities and share their insights and experiences.


Mo O’Hara

Mo O’Hara is the author of New York Times bestseller My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish and has written over 20 books for kids age  3- 11. She grew up in Pennsylvania and now lives in London, where she works as a writer and storyteller, visiting theatres and schools all across the UK, the US and around the world. Mo’s graphic novel with Jess Bradley Agent Moose is out with Scholastic in January and her new Picture Book Hush Little Rocket is out with Feiwel and Friends in the US in 2022. When Mo isn’t writing she delivers workshops in creative writing to schools and she volunteers for CWISL (Children’s Writers and Illustrators for Stories and Literacy). With her partner in crime, Candy Gourlay, Mo runs the PULSE team for SCBWI British Isles. Mo and her brother once brought their own pet goldfish back from the brink of death (true fact).


Sara Grant

Sara writes and edits fiction for children and teens. Her new series Chasing Danger is an action-adventure series for tweens. Dark Parties, her first young adult novel, won SCBWI’s Crystal Kite Award for Europe. As a freelance editor of series fiction, she has worked on twelve different series and edited nearly 100 books. She consults with Storymix, the inclusive fiction studio. ( She teaches master’s courses on writing for children/teens currently at Goldsmiths University and previously at the University of Winchester. She has given writing workshops in the US, UK and Europe. She co-founded Undiscovered Voices – which has launched the writing careers of nearly fifty authors and illustrators, who now have published more than 400 children’s books. (



Debut author, traditionally or self published with a book publishing in 2021.

Any author with a book traditionally or self published in the past will be eligible to apply. A limited number of places are available and priority will be given to authors with books published in 2021.

Please note that by ‘author’ we always refer to both writers and illustrators.

Only members in good standing of SCBWI or SOA may apply.

You are eligible if:

  • – You have signed a contract with a traditional publisher, whatever the date of publication
  • – You have self published a book and have begun distribution and sales
  • – You have successfully crowdfunded a book and agreed a publication schedule
  • – You have had a book published by a traditional publisher

We will endeavour to accept a mix of authors creating books for a range of ages and genres.



1. Applications are now closed.

2. Applications will be accepted between 22 November and 6 December.
*Please note that the information you include on the application will be published in a Who’s Who document which will be shared with all attendees. Also, please indicate clearly if books/publication info is unannounced and should not be published in Who’s Who information.

3. Successful applicants will hear from us no later than 16th December. You will receive an email with a password to book your place on this page. See you soon!