What We Do
The SCBWI South East 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.
The SCBWI South East Scotland local network organisers are Sarah Broadley and Elizabeth Frattaroli.
"SCBWI South East Scotland is an inclusive creative network. With our Scottish members living all over the country, we have recently introduced local write-ins so that every member, regardless of where they live, can meet up with like-minded writers and illustrators in their area.”
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.
Keeping her ear to the ground and her finger on the proverbial literary pulse, Miranda Moore is the SCBWI South East Scotland Competition Round-Up Guru, providing regular updates to our members on the who's who out there and what submissions they're looking for! Miranda worked as a newspaper journalist and editor before turning to fiction writing. She runs a choir, fronts a covers band and loves the outdoors. She can often be found sitting under a tree in her garden, a hot water bottle stuffed under her jumper, typing her stories and contemplating life. She has a degree in English and Philosophy and a Masters in International Peace Studies. Miranda is currently writing YA/crossover.
Our Crit Groups
MIDDLE GRADE GROUP (EDINBURGH)
A critique group for members working on Middle Grade texts (8 to 12 years old) in the Edinburgh area. Led by Coordinator Linda Macmillan, who lives by the sea with her husband, two children and ridiculously fluffy dog. She is an architect and works at the National Library of Scotland, where she spends a lot of time dreaming up new ways of making space for the six thousand books that arrive each week. firstname.lastname@example.org
MIDDLE GRADE GROUP (FIFE)
A 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. email@example.com
PICTURE BOOK GROUP
A critique group for writers of picture books in the Edinburgh area. Coordinator Hannah Sanguinetti joined SCBWI in August 2016 as an unpublished (as yet…) author and illustrator. Hannah is particularly interested in making picture books but loves children's literature of all kinds. Hannah is currently living in Edinburgh, working as a professional doll-maker and mother to three children.
A critique group for illustrators of children's books. Coordinator Catherine Lindow is an illustrator, painter and sometimes a writer. Catherine creates characters, paints places and likes lettering. Her favourite paint is Shadow Violet by Daniel Smith and her favourite brush is a teeny weeny Series 7. She is a 'graduate' of the Picture Hooks mentoring scheme and lives in Fife. firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUNG ADULT CRITIQUE GROUP
We have two Edinburgh based Young Adult critique groups for writers of fiction for teenagers and young adults. Rachel Davison (pictured) and Jacquelyn Chapman. Rachel writes YA fiction and lives in Edinburgh. She has had a story published in an anthology for teenagers and her writing has been long-listed and short-listed for various prizes including Undiscovered Voices 2014.
EVENING BOOK GROUP
This lively and welcoming book group meets monthly in members' homes to discuss children’s and Young Adult books. The aim is to look at books from writers’ point of view and explore different styles and formats. Coordinator Susan Elsley is a reader-writer who writes contemporary tales for children aged 8 to 12. Occasionally tweets @sestory.
ALL GENRE CRITIQUE GROUP
The 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. Come along and see what you think! Caroline Deacon, host, is a successful journalist and author of five non-fiction books, who is now writing YA and is yet to be published in that genre. She also taught creative writing classes for many years in the Highlands, and moved to Edinburgh last year. email@example.com