• Editor Consultations,  Uncategorized,  Writers Conference,  Writers Festivals

    KIDLITVIC & CYA CONFERENCE 2017

    So much has gone on in the past month I do not know how I managed to fit it all in on top of a brand new job. So this post will be a bit of a photo fest to try and include everything. First their was KIDLITVIC2017. If you haven’t attended this yearly festival yet than it is a ‘must’ for next year. I flew down to Melbourne excited to mingle with authors, illustrators, editors and agents. The best thing about writers festivals and conferences is meeting up with like-minded people who become your friends for life. Then I went and unexpectedly got myself a job as a part-time…

  • Illustration,  SCBWI,  Writers Conference

    August’s – 52 Week Illustration Challenge

    It’s pouring down today and so it is perfect weather to sit down, write blog posts and listen to my favouirte podcasts. I am currently watching and listening to: Children’s author Jen Storer’s Girl & Duck video’s everday Friday The Yarn which takes you behind the scenes of children’s literature All The Wonders where readers can discover new books I have to confess that I found this months themes a bit too abstract and therefore struggled until the last minute to come up with somthing for most of them. Week 31: Realism Digital using Tayasui App Week 32: Hairy I did enjoy sketching out these yeti characters in pencil before…

  • SCBWI,  Writers Conference

    Roving Reporter at this years SCBWI Conference

    Two years ago I attended my second SCBWI Conference as a newbie Roving Reporter. The photo is of me and the inspiring Illustrator/author Bruce Whatley at  SCBWIAusNZ14 This year I have the great opportunity to be part of that team again. You can read more about me and the other reporters here: http://www.scbwiaustralianz.com/our-blog/2016/6/4/meet-the-team-roving-reporters-revealed-part-1?rq=roving%20reporters%201 http://www.scbwiaustralianz.com/our-blog/2016/6/11/rovers-revealed-meet-the-team-part-2 http://www.scbwiaustralianz.com/our-blog/2016/6/18/meet-the-team-part-3 http://www.scbwiaustralianz.com/our-blog/2016/7/3/rovers-revealed-4 I’m really looking forward to the event. It is a great time to catch up with old writerly friends, make new ones, network with publishers, listen to established authors and illiustrators and their success stories as well as getting feedback on your own work. I highly recommend attending or joining. If you are a new member…

  • Editors,  Writers Conference

    Writers festivals and Conferences 2014

    The last few weekends have been extraordinarily busy for writers. They have consisted of the following events: Children’s and Young Adults Writers Festival hosted by Aleesah Darlinson CYA Conference 2014 which I have written about here: CYA Conference 2014 SCBWIAus/NZ 2014 of which I was lucky enough to be a Roving Reporter. You can read my report on Pitching to Publishers here: The Art Of Pitching To Publishers It has been a jam packed couple of weeks, filled with useful tips and advice for published and aspring writiers. It’s a great time to network, to catch up with old friends and meet lots of new ones. Now it is time…

  • Competitions,  Editors,  Manuscripts,  Writers Conference

    CYA Conference 2014

      All through last week my fingers were tightly crossed. I had received an e-mail to say I had been shortlisted for the CYA CONFERENCE  Aspiring (Unpublished) Competition ~ 2014. This was exciting news and with support and encouragement from my other half I decided to fly up to Brisbane where the Conference is held. The winners were announced very early in the morning. The winner of third place was announced. I thought to myself, ‘Wow, I must be second!’ The winner of second place was announced. I panicked and thought, ‘Oh my god, how embarrasing, I hadn’t been shortlisted at all, it was a mistake!’ Winning had not occured…

  • Artwork,  Illustration,  Quick sketch,  Writers Conference

    The Art Of Creating Character

    On the fourth and final day of this years SCBWI Australia & NZ Conference programme I attended as illustrator masterclass with the lovely Nina Rycroft. I don’t have many notes for this class, the reason being that it was very hands-on, which is exactly what you want when it is a practical class. She demonstrated the following: IMAGE how she presents her work (sample pieces) to publishers what a ‘tear sheet’ is (something I had never heard of) how she draws the first thumbnails for the whole story concept the various stages she goes through to get to the final piece if your animal characters move from left to right…

  • Editors,  Pitch,  Writers Conference

    4th International SCBWI Australia & New Zealand Conference

    Tomorrow afternoon I will be nervously on my way to my very first writers conference which is jammed packed with author talks, writing workshops, book launches and pitching opportunities for 4 days. It is the 4th International SCBWI Australia & New Zealand Conference, and you can read lots about it at their very useful blog here: The SCBWI Australia & New Zealand Conference Blog. The great thing about this conference is that it is combined with the 7th Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival on Saturday. I went to this last year and it was great! In preparation I searched the internet for any useful advice and tips about attending writers…