SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

London

 

Illustration for London Network by Bridget Strevens

LONDON PUB SOCIALS

If you’ve just joined SCBWI, why not come along to an evening pub social? It’s an ideal way to get to know other SCBWI writers and illustrators in the London network. This free event is held every two months or so, and is an informal, friendly gathering. You can catch up on what’s going on in the world of kidlit. It’s also a great way to find a critique partner. Many SCBWI members have formed critique groups from people they met at a social.

We generally invite a special guest, who may be a published author or an editor or a literary agent. So it gives you the chance to chat with people who are already published or meet publishing industry professionals. Past guests have included authors Malorie Blackman, Peter Bunzl, and Teri Terry, and agents Felicity Trew and Julia Churchill. Take a look at What’s on to see when the next social is scheduled.

SCBWI members can join the SCBWI London Facebook page to keep up to date with events, and chat. SCBWI London members also receive our email newsletter, but if you don’t live in London and still want to keep informed, we can add you to our list. Please email london@britishscbwi.org.

If you are not yet a member of SCBWI, you are welcome to come along to one pub social or brunch to see what it’s like, after that we would ask that you join SCBWI if you wish to attend.

 

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Kathryn Evans, Candy Gourlay, Jo Wyton, Teri Terry and Addy Farmer, at Teri Terry’s launch of Book of Lies.

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 Authors Peter Bunzl, Candy Gourlay and Kathryn Evans at the London Social in March after Teri Terry’s book launch.

LONDON DAYTIME BRUNCH

If you find it hard to get out in the evening, you may like to come to the daytime London Brunch, generally held in a cafe in central London every other month. It’s free for SCBWI members to attend. These are great for new members to meet other SCBWI writers and illustrators, and you may meet a potential critique partner here too.

The London Brunch is currently hosted by Camilla Chester. Have a look at What’s On to see when the next brunch is scheduled.

LONDON INDUSTRY INSIDERS

If you would like to find out more about what literary agents and publishers are looking for, come along to an Industry Insiders event. Our evening panel events with Q and A provide interesting discussion, and gives you a chance to talk to published authors, commissioning editors and literary agents.

Industry Insider events  2019:

26th March 2019, 5 pm – 7 pm 121 feedback session from an Agent: with Rachel Mann, Alice Williams, Bryony Woods, Lydia Silver and Ellie Brough

14th May 2019, 6.30pm – 9pm The Idea Store, Whitechapel. From Writer to Author – panel discussion with authors MG Leonard and Peter Bunzl, Agent Jo Williamson and Commissioning Editor Becky Walker.

14th June 2019, 6.30pm – 9.00pm City Lit – PULSE Mentoring Workshop on Voice – with Cliff McNish – details TBA

September 2019 6.30 pm – 9 pm venue/date TBA Pitch Perfect with Sara Grant and Karen Ball – perfect your pitch ahead of the Agents Party

To book your place, please go to our WHAT”S ON page.

LONDON AGENTS PARTY

If you are looking for a literary agent, the SCBWI Agents Party in the Autumn is not to be missed! A large panel of agents will tell you what they are looking for right now, and then you will get a chance to pitch your idea. The Agent’s party is only open to SCBWI members and you will be emailed as soon as tickets go on sale.

LONDON MASTERCLASSES

These Saturday afternoon sessions run by award-winning children’s and YA authors and writing tutors are a great way to brush up on your writing craft. The 2019 Masterclasses are already open for booking, so if you’re interested in improving your craft, take a look now at What’s On. Lunch is included in the price.

LONDON SCBWI BOOK CLUB

This is an opportunity for London SCBWI’s to meet up and discuss a children’s book approximately every six weeks in the basement cafe in Waterstones Piccadilly.

LONDON PULSE EVENTS

If you’re already published or self-published, the SCBWI PULSE events aim to provide you with talks, events and workshops to help the professional development of published authors. These sessions are led by our published SCBWI authors who are very generous in sharing their skills and experience. Debut authors can find out how to handle school visits and much, much more. There’s plenty being planned for 2019 so do look out for these on the WHAT”S ON page.

 

LONDON ILLUSTRATOR EVENTS

Do take a look at the page for illustrators to find out what events are planned for illustrators in 2019.

 

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Welcome to the London Network!

If you’ve just joined SCBWI and live in or near London, do come along to one of our network events. It’s a great way to find a critique partner, socialise over drinks or brunch and find out valuable information about what’s going on in children’s publishing.

The Local Network for the London area is run by Tania Tay and Larisa Villar Hauser.

You can check out the date of the next event in the What’s On section of this website. 

Contact us on the form below.

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Tania Tay worked for years as an advertising copywriter in Singapore and London. She started writing fiction on a course at the City Lit. She had a couple of short stories published in a litmag.  She’s currently writing a teen novel. Through volunteering for SCBWI she has met some truly amazing people.

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Larisa Villar Hauser works as a freelance translator of TV scripts/treatments and marketing materials. She writes middle grade fiction and is in the early planning  of a new story. By volunteering as joint London Network Coordinator, Larisa hopes to spread the SCBWI ‘lurv’ – and get unshackled from her desk.

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The SCBWI London daytime brunch is hosted by Annette Caseley, who used to be a high flying city lawyer but got fed up with the truth always getting in the way of a good story. Brought up in France and Holland by an English father and German mother, as well as living in Spain as part of her law degree, she is truly multi-culturalShe now combines her love of fiction with supervising her two daughters in North London.

Christian Darkin is an author with a middle grade novel and a series of chapter books under his belt.  He’s also an animator for TV and film, and has two children.  This means he has to make impossible things happen most days, so adding SCBWI events to the list seems like a natural next step.

 

The illustration for our header was kindly provided by Bridget Strevens-Marzo.

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