Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


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What We Do

The SCBWI Scotland network holds regular meet-ups and teach-ins, where we swap information on writer’s craft, such as dialogue, character breakdown and plot development. We also host periodic paid workshops taught by established writers and other publishing industry professionals. Our Members’ work in progress includes everything from picture books right through to Young Adult fiction.


Joining SCBWI in the summer of 2015 was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have learnt (and continue to learn) so much about the world of children’s publishing, and doing so in such a warm and welcoming environment has been the icing on the cake. For me, SCBWI is all about mutual support and cheer-leading each other on, as is so frequently demonstrated on our various Facebook pages and Twitter feeds, and at our regular socials and critique group meetings.”Elizabeth Frattaroli

Joining SCBWI was like finding the missing piece in a jigsaw puzzle – suddenly I was part of a huge writing family I never knew existed. SCBWI SE Scotland is a friendly, sociable & supportive network: informal meet-ups, critique groups, workshops and author visits – we are all things to all children’s writers and illustrators and everyone’s welcome. Just starting out? Brilliant! Come and join us. On submission? Great! Sign up here. JK Rowling? Yes, you’re welcome too!
Warning….there will be cake!Justin Davies


Our Scottish hubs & contacts:

Barbara HendersonINVERNESS/CENTRAL NORTH  – Barbara Henderson lives in Inverness and writes historical Middle Grade. She co-ordinates the Inverness Writers Group, SCBWI members are welcome! Contact for more info.


ABERDEEN/NORTH EAST – Jenny Skene lives in Aberdeen and writes picture books. She co-ordinates our Aberdeenshire/North East hub. Contact for more info.

GLASGOW/WEST OF SCOTLAND – Tita Berredo is a children’s writer and illustrator born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Apart from her own projects, Tita works as a freelance illustrator in Glasgow and she leads children’s writing and illustration workshops across the country.Contact for more info.

Critique & Network Groups:


Linda MacmillanA critique group for members working on Middle Grade texts (8 to 12 years old) in the Edinburgh area. Led by Co-ordinator Linda Macmillan, who lives by the sea with her husband, two children and ridiculously fluffy dog. Contact for more information.


Geoff BarkerA critique group for Middle Grade (8 to 12) writers in the Fife region. Coordinator Geoff Barker writes non-fiction books for a living, but is also engrossed in an MG comic caper of a cast of quirky characters. Contact for more information. 


The SCWBI Scotland PB critique group is coordinated by Lindsay Aitken who lives in Edinburgh with her Husband and three children (Teenager, Tweenager and a 5 year old), no Dog, despite the daily pestering!  Lindsay mainly writes rhyming picture books (for her sins, she says!) but dabbles in other styles and children’s genres. If you are interested in joining the picture book critique group, we would very much welcome you. Please contact for further information.   



Rachel Davison




We have two Edinburgh based Young Adult critique groups for writers of fiction for teenagers and young adults. Rachel Davison and Helen MacKenzie. Rachel and Helen write YA fiction and live in Edinburgh. Between them they have been long-listed, short-listed and hold literary success in Mslexia Children’s Novel Comp, New Writers Award (2017) and Undiscovered Voices (2014) and many more. Helen MacKenzie  (left) and Rachel Davison. Contact for further information.

ON-LINE SKYPE GROUP – Picture Books, Middle Grade (8-12) and Young Adult 

June Graham co-ordinates our Skype critique group for those members who can’t make the day/evening critique group meet ups. June is originally from Glasgow and now lives on the Isle of Lewis with her family. In 2018, she won an award from Gaelic Books Council/Scottish Book Trust. June adds, “My father is a native Gaelic speaker, and I learnt the language as an adult. Realising that I had some stories to tell in Gaelic, I started writing about the adventures of my cat… don’t worry, I translate anything into English before asking for crits!” E-mail for more information.



Caroline-DeaconThis critique group meets once a month at Coordinator Caroline Deacon‘s home just off Broughton Street in the New Town. It’s a friendly and informal get together, but we are constructively critical. We allocate time/ reading length according to the number coming along, but usually folk get our undivided attention for about 20 minutes. We don’t read in advance, so it is a question of what appears on the night. Contact for more information.

Miranda Moore

Miranda Moore is the SCBWI Scotland competition round-up guru. Keeping her ear to the ground and her eyes wide open, she provides updates on what competitions are open, when, and to who!


We are delighted that our members volunteer and give so much of their time. SCBWI’s on-line magazine currently has Scotland members Claire Watts (Editor), Elizabeth Frattaroli (Sub-Editor), Sarah Broadley (Writer’s Minds) & Liz MacWhirter (Features – Opening Lines) flying the flag for our network.

Yvonne Banham and Reneé Philippi are the Network Organisers for SCBWI Scotland.

You can contact us via the contact form below or email

Yvonne Banham lives and works in central Edinburgh to the sound of a snoring Beagle. When she’s not writing middle grade fiction, she can be found running in the Pentland hills, falling on average once a year. You can find her on twitter @yvonnebanham.

Renée Philippi is a landlocked American mermaid who has lived in Edinburgh more years than she can believe. She escapes daily reality whenever possible by traveling, scuba diving, and splashing about in the creative seas of middle grade fiction.

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