Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators



Welcome to the London Network!


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

If you join the Facebook page, there’s also a weekly virtual writer’s cafe every Thursday.  Simply open the Facebook event page, and share your aims for the day with other people writing at the same time.


If you’re 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.



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


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


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 Caryn Jenner. Have a look at What’s On to see when the next brunch is scheduled.


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.


121 feedback session with an Agent or Editor

February 2021 Date TBC


Industry Insider Past 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.



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.


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 2021 Masterclasses are soon 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.


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.


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 next year so do look out for these on the WHAT”S ON page.



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


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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 Christian Darkin.

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.

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 Heather Kilgour.

















































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