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.



The SCWBI Scotland Picture Book Critique group is coordinated by Caroline Deacon. Caroline has worked extensively as a features writer and has had multiple non-fiction books published. She writes fiction for MG, YA, early readers, and picture books. She is agented by Lindsey Fraser (Fraser Ross) The group is a real mixture – Some write in rhyme, some don’t. Some are author/illustrators.  Everyone has different levels of experience, but it’s a friendly and helpful group. Members are from all over Scotland, so it will remain a zoom group, but with hopes of meeting up occasionally.

  Contact for further information.   



Our Edinburgh based Young Adult critique group for writers of fiction for teenagers and young adults is run by Helen MacKenzie. Helen writes YA and MG fiction and lives near Edinburgh. Helen holds a New Writers Award (2017) and is one of SCBWI 2020’s Undiscovered Voices.  Contact for further information.


This critique group meets once a month and is run by Caroline Deacon. It’s a friendly and informal get together, but constructively critical. “We allocate time/ reading length according to the number coming along, but usually folk get our undivided attention for about 20 minutes.” Submissions one week in advance of meeting. Contact for more information. Contact for more information.


The Huddle runs twice monthly, one morning, one evening. Its principal aim is to provide support and encouragement through discussion and goal setting. Mainly we’ll all be having a good old chat about our current projects and sharing virtual tea and cake. All genres welcome. The group is run by Onie Tibbit. 

Onie Tibbitt is writing an MG eco-adventure book. She’s a life celebrant, co-director of a therapies business and usually found up a hill, in a loch or cycling the East Lothian countryside. 

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The Book Club meets once a month to discuss current and classic children’s fiction. It’s run by Sheila Adamson and Claire Watts. The books will be decided in advance and posted on the events page.

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Sheila Adamson writes YA fantasy and works in university professional services. She lives in Edinburgh.

Claire Watts has been a writer and editor of nonfiction for children for thirty years, with over fifty published titles to her name. She’s been writing fiction for most of that time too, has self-published three YA novels and is represented by Ben Illis.



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) and Caroline Deacon (Creative  Spaces)

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 Stirlingshire to the sound of a snoring Beagle. She writes MG fiction with a toe in YA. A lover of all things spooky or witchy, she can often be found running in the Pentland hills. You can find her on twitter @eviewriter

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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