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.
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!
Published and agented members
For members who have an agent and/or have been published, we host regular meet ups and events tailored for you. E-mail email@example.com to ensure you are on our database and distribution list.
Our Scottish Hubs:
INVERNESS/CENTRAL NORTH – Barbara Henderson lives in Inverness and writes historical Middle Grade. She co-ordinates our Inverness hub. Contact Barbara by e-mail for more info.
ABERDEEN/NORTH EAST – Jenny Skene lives in Aberdeen and writes picture books. She co-ordinates our Aberdeenshire/North East hub. Contact Jenny by e-mail for more info.
GLASGOW/WEST OF SCOTLAND – Maisie Chan lives in Glasgow and writes Teen novels. She co-ordinates our Glasgow/West of Scotland hub. Contact Maisie by e-mail for more info.
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. E-mail Linda for more information.
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 – e-mail Geoff for more info.
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 Coordinator Hannah Sanguinetti joined SCBWI in August 2016 as an unpublished (as yet…) author and illustrator. E-mail Hannah for more information.
A critique group for illustrators of children’s books. Coordinator Catherine Lindow is an illustrator, painter and sometimes a writer. E-mail Catherine for further information.
YOUNG ADULT GROUPS
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. Rachel Davison (left) and Helen Mackenzie.
ON-LINE SKYPE GROUP
Angela Murray co-ordinates our Skype critique group for those members who can’t make the day/evening critique group meet ups. E-mail Angela for more information.
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. For more information e-mail co-ordinator Susan Elsley
EVENING ALL GENRE GROUP
This 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. E-mail Caroline for more information.
WORDS AND PICTURES ON-LINE MAGAZINE
We are delighted that our members volunteer and give so much of their time. SCBWIs on-line magazine currently has South East Scotland members Claire Watts (Editor), Liz MacWhirter (Features – Opening Lines) and Justin Davies (Features – Debut Dance).
South East Scotland Local Network Organisers are Justin Davies, Elizabeth Frattaroli and Sarah Broadley.
Justin Davies lives between bridges in North Queensferry; sometimes, he stands in the garden with his husband to wave at passing trains. When not flying around the world as cabin crew – serving food, drinks, and theatrical winks – Justin writes middle grade novels, mostly with the aim to make his readers laugh. www.flyingscribbler.wordpress.com
Elizabeth Frattaroli lives with her family and a cat shadow named Willow, by the sea in Broughty Ferry. She writes YA and Middle Grade books and clings on to the hope that sometime in the not too distant future they will see the light of day. She is also 1/3 of the team behind Chasing Time Writing Retreats.
Sarah Broadley lives in Edinburgh with her family and two mad cats. She writes picture books and middle grade stories and occasionally dips into other genres if she’s had enough tea. She is currently tweaking her latest middle grade novel in the hope she will have enough courage to send it out into the literary world. www.greatbigjar.com
The banner illustration was kindly provided by Jeanne Dron
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