What We Do
Our Critique groups
We currently hold critiques, skill-shares and socials in Newcastle and York. We share work by email before our critique sessions and offer advice on how to critique and how to respond to a critique. Non-members are welcome to join our critique group once to see if they wish to join the SCBWI. We are very friendly, we know what it's like being a nervous newbie. A warm welcome will be there, whichever group you visit.
Seven Stories, Newcastle
Marie-Claire and Claire O'Brien hold monthly critique/skill-sharing sessions at Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books. Contact Claire O'Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding the Seven Stories group.
Central Library on Museum Street, York
A critiques and skills share group. Michael Cail and Catriona Tippin organise the York group. Maureen Lynas (for authors) and Katherine Lynas (for illustrators) run the sessions. We meet every two months approximately. Please get in touch via Marie-Claire at email@example.com.
Who's Who in the North East
Marie-Claire Imam-Gutierrez leads our critique group at Seven Stories. She has been writing MG and YA sci-fi and fantasy for eight years, inspired in part by her work as a primary school teacher. She has been a member of the Seven Stories critique group for three years and has found the support and advice of her SCBWI friends invaluable!
Claire O'Brien writes and draws picture books and comics and supports Marie-Claire as co Network Organiser for the North East. Her interest in children's books began while she worked at Seven Stories in the early 2000s but she didn't start writing and drawing seriously until 2011 when she decided to join SCBWI. Read her blog about writing and illustrating children's books and check out her Instagram for daily sketches.
Michael Cail will be organising our York group. Although a relatively new member of SCBWI, Michael has been attending workshops as a non-member since 2011. He writes Young Adult novels about the darkness that lurks at the edge of the every day, and he is hoping that one day he can give up the day job and write full time.
Catriona Tippin is our York venue organiser. Catriona is writing
Katherine Lynas is an illustrator and poet. She runs poetry and illustration workshops for schools. Katherine's poetry can be seen on the funeverse. She is the illustrator of the Florence and the Meanies series.