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

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 to ensure you are on our database and distribution list.



Our PULSE events are run by P.M. Freestone who lives in Edinburgh and writes YA fiction.


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 – Maisie Chan lives in Glasgow and writes Teen novels. She co-ordinates the Glasgow Children’s Writers group where SCBWI members are welcome! 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. 


Hannah-SanguinettiA 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. Contact for more information.


Catherine LindowA critique group for illustrators of children’s books. Coordinator Catherine Lindow is an illustrator, painter and sometimes a writer. 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. Rachel Davison  (left) and Helen Mackenzie. Contact for further information.

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

Angela Murray co-ordinates our Skype critique group for those members who can’t make the day/evening critique group meet ups. E-mail for more information.


This lively and welcoming book group meets monthly in members’ homes to discuss children’s and Young Adult books. Co-ordinated by member Sheila Adamson, the aim is to look at books from writers’ point of view and explore different styles and formats. For more information e-mail


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 SE 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. SCBWIs on-line magazine currently has South East Scotland members Claire Watts (Editor), Sarah Broadley (Writer’s Minds) & Liz MacWhirter (Features – Opening Lines) flying the flag for our network.

Scotland Local Network Organisers are Justin Davies and Elizabeth Frattaroli.


You can contact us via the contact form below or email

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.

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. 

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