SCBWIAuNZ Sketch & Scribble at Luna Park

Today I participated in SCBWI’s Sketch & Scribble event held at Luna Park. It was so much fun. Lots of chatter, catching up with fellow writers and illustrators amongst beautiful views. What more could you ask for? Well maybe Luna Park being open for starters! Yes, it was closed but that just added to the humour of the day. We are creatives. We can work around this hiccup. And we did, taking a lovely stroll through Wendy Whitely’s Secret Garden. So if Luna Park had been open we all would have been none the wiser about this secret treasure behind the park.

Children’s author Katrina McKelvey prompted us to ‘look up’ and use our five senses.

Here are some of the sketches I managed to fit in between all the chatting:

Parts of some of the very colourful rides.

 

The city skyline behind the park.

 

I particularly liked the seagull on the right with his little head cocked to the side as if he was curious to know what we were all doing.

 

As SCBWIAuNZ’s new member co-ordinator I also had the opportunity to meet some new members for the first time. This is the bonus for belonging to an organisation like SCBWI. You get to meet, connect and network with like minded people. Writing and illustrating can be a lonely career so these occasions and events are a great way to meet new friends and catch up with old ones.

Maybe I will see you at the next one!

 

SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand Christmas Party

As a home mum, I have no end of year work social doo to attend, no staff meetings to chat with colleagues and no lunches to natter over. To top that, writing and illustrating is a solitary hobby/ career. This is why being part of an organisation like the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is essential for your well being. The best thing about SCBWI is that it has regional chapters all over the world. I belong to SCBWI Australia East & NZ and am proudly the ‘new member coordinator.’

So yesterday, I met up with recent newly joined members for a ‘Meet & Greet’ session. This is a great way to network, get to know like minded people and catch up on industry news. I love talking and meeting new people, therefore this is the best role for me. By the end of the session the new members no longer felt shy to attend the Xmas party that was starting up straight after, because they now had a group of familiar faces to enjoy the food and fun with. Here we are:

new-scbwi-members-nov-2016

So here are a list of reasons why you should join your local SCBWI:

What more could you want. Have a great week and I hope to see you at the next event. 🙂

4th International SCBWI Australia & New Zealand Conference

Highlighted sessions I hope to attend!

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 conferences. Here are a few a found that helped answer a feww questions, worries and concerns I had floating around my head.

Over at kidlit.com:

Talking to Agents and Editors at Conferences 

Adjusting Expectations for Conferences and Critiques

Over at Cheryl Reif Writes:

Things to Love in the Writing Life: Conferences

Ten Keys to Your Best-Ever Writing Conference!

Over at La Vie En Prose:

Conference 101: Know Before You Go

Over at Picture This:

A Better Critique Story

So, my checklist is as follows:

  • Don’t be shy – agents and editors expect to be approached in a friendly fashion – just don’t pitch to them unless asked (save your pitches for the organised pitch sessions)
  • Know your needs – Do know what I need to get from the conference – what are my current needs as a writer?
  • Be prepared – practice your ( 2 min) pitch,
  • Research  – check out the editors, agents, authors, and other speakers who are attending

But most importantly of all the resounding advice is to have a good time – get to know the agents and editors and other writers – put a face to a name – make connections and have fun!