Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Professional Conference for SCBWI TAS

Date(s) - 27/Oct/2018
9:00 am

Moonah Arts Centre (Day One)
23-27 Albert Road - Moonah, TAS 7009


October 27 – 28, 2018



Shining a light on Tasmanian Children’s and YA writers

Speakers panels to include:


Clare Hallifax, Publishing Manager, Omnibus/Scholastic Australia

Maryann Ballantyne, publisher, Blackdog Books/Walker Books

Alex Adsett, Literary Agent, Alex Adsett Publishing Services

Susanne Gervay, Regional Advisor, SCBWI Australia East/NZ

Tony Flowers, award-winning illustrator extraordinaire!

Christina Booth, internationally published author and illustrator

Julie Hunt, award winning author
Terry Whitebeach, award winning author
Emily Conolan, author
Clive Tilsley, indie publisher and bookseller: Fuller’s Bookshop Hobart
Verity Croker, author
Alyssa Bermudaz, illustrator
Aurore McLeod, illustrator
Bronwyn Houston, illustrator
Nicole Gill, author
Carol Ann Martin, author

The SCBWI Tasmania Professional Day* will provide ‘insider’ information about the craft of writing and illustrating children’s or YA books. You will learn about the kind of manuscripts Australian trade publishers are seeking and an opportunity to have a manuscript or portfolio assessment
from industry professionals.
See our list below.
On day one, participants will  hear from industry professionals based on mainland Australia and meet and hear from fellow creators living and
working in Tasmania.
For anyone serious about a career in children’s or young adult publishing, this is an opportunity not to be missed!
Our theme is
Shining a Light on Tasmanian Children’s and YA Writers
with the message:
 Delegates from interstate are also welcome to attend.
Join us, we look forward to meeting you and sharing the journey.
click the button below to secure your seat…
Online ticket sales are live  and end at 6 pm, on 26th October.
We will make any unsold tickets available at the door. Watch this space for the web link for online ticketing.

Conference Cost:

Saturday Conference Manuscript Assessments ** Portfolio Assessments **
SCBWI Member:     $100.00* SCBWI Member:     $60.00 SCBWI Member:     $60.00
TWC / ASA Member:     $150.00* TWC / ASA Member:     $70.00 TWC / ASA Member:     $70.00
Non Member:     $195.00* Non Member:     $70.00 Non Member:     $70.00
*includes morning & afternoon tea * assessments only available to registered delegates * assessments only available to registered delegates
 **Critiques are only available for participants who attend the Professional Conference on 27 October. Sunday 28 October will be set aside for critiques at the Tasmanian Writers Centre in Hobart. Watch this space for more information.
Assessment/Critique information:

Manuscript and Portfolio Assessment Bookings are now Open! Second assessments also available, first in Best dressed!!

We are now taking bookings for manuscript and portfolio assessments! Assessments are only available to paid-up delegates.

Manuscript & Portfolio Assessments are an extremely important part of the SCBWI Tasmania Professional Day and are designed to help you develop your ideas and gain editing insights to enrich and improve your work. There is the additional potential to develop a relationship with a publishing house or agent, with the ultimate goal of publication.

Assessments will be held Face-to-face on Sunday 28th October in Hobart at the Tas Writers Centre rooms between 9am and 5pm. Some time slots will be available during the day on Saturday 27th October at Moonah  with preference for delegates who are travelling from outside of the greater Hobart area. Please let us know.

Confirmed Manuscript assessors:

Clare Hallifax – Publishing Manager, Omnibus/Scholastic Australia
Alex Adsett – Literary Agent, Alex Adsett Publishing Services
Maryann Ballantyne – Black Dog Books/ Walker Books
Confirmed Portfolio assessors:
Christina Booth – Tasmanian author & illustrator
Tony Flowers – Tasmanian illustrator

All assessments are limited in number and tickets sell quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment!
We would like to give each person who attends the Professional Day the opportunity to book an assessment, so we are limiting bookings to one assessment (One of each type i.e. one Manuscript and one Portfolio) per person.

It is now past October 1 so we have opened  the bookings for further assessments even if you have one booked already. Any remaining places can now be booked by attending delegates who would like more than one assessment.
Assessments are 15 minutes with a scheduled 5 minute changeover and are only available to attending delegates. Assessments are non-refundable and non-transferable, so please choose carefully.

Each assessment costs $60 for SCBWI members or $70 for others, places are limited.

Bookings close 11th October unless sold out prior. Payment and files must be received
by 12th October.

How to book an assessment:

First: After registering through Eventbrite, please deposit the fee (see above) to the SCBWI bank account:
BSB: 082356
ACC#: 555682674
Reference: HA  then [your first initial and surname] (eg HA MSmith)
Note: it is vital you include the correct reference so we can find your payment!

Second: Prepare your file
For your Manuscript assessment submission you will need to prepare a single Word or PDF file
which  includes the following:
An overview of your project to a maximum of 1 page including your name, email and website (if applicable)
An outline of your project idea with synopsis and short writing samples for comment and discussion to a maximum of 10 pages, double spaced in 12pt Times New Roman or similar
An extract of your draft manuscript to a maximum of 10 pages, double spaced in 12pt Times New Roman or similar
A full picture book draft text to a maximum of 10 pages, double spaced in 12pt Times Roman or similar
Please supply your manuscript file as Word or pdf and label including Surname, Title (abbreviate if necessary), Genre [PB (picture book), C (children’s), YA (young adult), F (fiction), NF (non-fiction)]

Your PORTFOLIO assessment submission should include the following:
A portfolio of work consisting of up to 10 images. Please supply your portfolio images as jpg 72dpi and label as:
First Name_Surname_sequential numbers up to 10. Maximum size for images is 2mb per image.
If a writer-illustrator and prefer, illustrated picture book dummy with text

Third: Submit your Manuscript or portfolio by email here – make sure you attach your file(s) and answer the questions.

Please take note of the October 12th deadline and the format for submissions. Unfortunately, submissions that are late or that do not conform to the specifications cannot be accepted.

For all assessment bookings we will allocate you an appropriate assessor and timeslot and notify you in a confirmation email as soon as possible. In the special requests field you can note any preference for Sunday morning or afternoon, or (for delegates who are travelling from further afield) if you would prefer a Saturday timeslot, and your *preferred assessor.
*We will endeavour to accommodate requests but cannot make promises.

Fourth: Don’t forget to print out your confirmation email as a reminder of your booked assessor and time slot. The schedule for assessments will also be posted on the Conference Notice Board or at the Registration Table at the Moonah Arts Centre on Saturday and in the TWC entry foyer on Sunday. Please note that we occasionally need to make changes to the schedule due to last minute changes in assessor availability.
Your confirmation email will also contain tips and hints for preparing for the big day.

We hope you can take advantage of this great offer, and we look forward to seeing you very soon!
The Tasmanian SCBWI  ConferenceTeam