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Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

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Picturing Words and Writing Pictures

Picture Book Retreat – Booking now live!

Illustration by Adam Stower, Troll and the Oliver, Templar

One more space available for a writer! If you’ve been sitting on the fence, don’t delay! Join us for a long weekend of play, exploration, personal work time, group critiques and fun for picture book writers and illustrators? Go to Picture Book Retreat booking page to learn more!


Illustration Masterclasses 2018

12 May 2018  Writing for Illustrators with Maisie Paradise Shearring an international award winning and published illustrator. With a focus on picture books, Maisie will share her key tips for illustrators who would like to develop and experiment with their own writing. Bookings Now Live!

9 June 2018  Our annual Portfolio Intensive with a new twist! Bookings Now Live!

6 October 2018  Art Director Brief with Nghiem Ta, Walker Books. If you would like to participate in working on a live brief and receiving two stages of feedback, on the rough and your chosen final piece, this is the Masterclass for you! Booking page will be liver very soon!

Past Masterclasses in 2018

10 March 2018  David McDougall, art director, Harper Collins, led a wonderful masterclass on what kind of portfolio gets you commissioned. As usual, David was very generous with his time and expertise. Read about the masterclass on Words and Pictures, written by Sarah Underwood.

exhibition-2017-guestAbove: Illustrations by our fabulous guests and SCBWI supporters (left to right):  Tim Hopgood,  Pam Smy, Leigh Hodgkinson.

Huge congratulations to those of you whose work was selected to be in our first ever;

SCBWI BI Biennial Illustration Exhibition


Hosted in the fabulous new space of the Half Moon Theatre Gallery.

Thank you to all SCBWI illustrator members for submitting over 140 illustrations to our juried illustration competition! 

It was a hard task to select from such a high standard of sequential art, from both published and unpublished members, in a wide range of children’s genres. So a big thank you to our publishing industry for all their work!

Watch for the next Call for Entries for 2019!


Past news

The Pictures At Play Grand Launch Party and Talk took place on on 28 September, 2017 at the Half Moon Theatre, London. Exhibitors’ books and prints were (and continue to be!) available for sale with some proceeds going to War Child. In the theatre our brilliant guest artists and publishers took part in a panel talk hosted by Bridget Marzo, discussing the different ways they collaborate to make great books.  

Read more about artist events at the Gallery, our guest illustrators and judges, the launch  & talk and see a glimpse of the exhibits  HERE.


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