What We Do
The Wales network was revived in 2015 and since then, we’ve been shaping up nicely and growing in pace! Here’s your chance to get involved, as we develop…
We have a FB group which is open to SCBWI members, however newcomers can come and say ‘Shw mae?!’, while they learn what SCBWI’s all about. We post details of get-togethers, share items of interest, give support at whatever stage you’re at and celebrate successes – big or small. If you want to keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Wales, get in touch with us and we’ll sign you up!
We’ve started building groups in different areas across Wales to help local members have more regular contact with each other. These usually meet monthly (see below for dates & venues) and everyone is welcome to come along and see how they work. You can bring work to share, have a catch up, celebrate your success or come along for a pick me up. They’re an inclusive and welcoming place to be – and inevitably, there tends to be cake (you have been warned!).
Members currently meet in Abergavenny, Carmarthen, Cardiff, Swansea and North Wales (Gladstone’s Library, close to Chester). However, watch out for a Pembrokeshire option soon and we hope to move into North West Wales too.
In order to further link members across Wales, we have a number of online critique groups. One for picture book writers/illustrators, and another for MG (middle grade) and YA (young adult) writers. This latter group also meet face-to-face and the North Wales group is recently started a face-to-face critique group (March 2020).
Illustrators are not forgotten – how could we miss all that talent?! Our group is steadily growing and although they have their own FB page, we prefer to connect together. However, SCBWI British Isles is actively looking to nuture and create opportunities for illustrators so please get in touch, if you’d like to know more. And watch this space for further development opportunities…
Meeting and event dates:
Due to government guidance regarding the coronavirus, we won’t hold any face-to-face meetings for the foreseeable future, however will connect via other mediums, where we can. Please pop over to our Facebook page to see what’s happening – search for the ‘SCBWI Wales Network’.
Abergavenny: Coffee & catch up
Monday (11am-1pm) @ The Trading Post (upstairs), 27 Nevill St, Abergavenny, NP7 5AA.
Sunday (2-4pm) @ Waterstones cafe (upstairs), 2A The Hayes, Cardiff (city centre), CF10 1WB.
Cardiff critique group (MG/YA face-to-face)
Tuesday (from 7pm)
Feedback will be given on submitted pieces. Contact Paula Pynenburg: email@example.com for more information.
Carmarthen: Coffee & catch up
Saturday (10:30am-12:30pm) @ Pethau Da (upstairs), 2 Mansel St, Carmarthen SA31 1QX.
North Wales: Coffee & catch up & critique group
Saturday (2-4pm) @ Food for Thought cafe, Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, CH5 3DF.
Pembrokeshire: Coffee & catch up
Saturday (10:30am-12:30pm) in Cafe Vincent, Vincent Davies Dept store, Fishguard Rd, Haverfordwest, SA62 4BT.
Swansea: Coffee & catch up
Sunday (11am-1pm) @ Waterstones Cafe, The Old Carlton Cinema, 17 Oxford St, Swansea SA1 3AG.
Please note: SCBWI has a zero-tolerance policy against harassment of any kind. Any violation of this policy is actionable.
Network activity in Wales is co-ordinated by Paula Pynenburg and Claire Fayers.
Paula is focusing on Young Adult…
while Claire writes for Middle Grade. The Accidental Pirates: Voyage to Magical North was Waterstones Book of the Month in July 2016, followed by the sequel The Journey to Dragon Island. Mirror Magic was released in 2018, and her 4th book Storm Hound is in shops now – be careful, it might bite! 😉
Our group is steadily growing and covers all genres, including both new and published authors and illustrators. So whatever your speciality, you’ll find like-minded people here!
If you would like to be involved with SCBWI Wales, please get in touch by emailing
or by using the contact form below. We look forward to hearing from you!
ILLUSTRATOR OF THE MONTH!
Our banner illustration was kindly provided by SCBWI Wales member, Thomas Wolfe aka Mister Wolf Illustration. You can find out more about his newly published picture book on his website or take a look at his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
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