Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SA Professional Day

Date(s) - 14/Oct/2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide
North Terrace - Adelaide, SA

Join us for the 2018 SCBWI SA Professional Day – it’s set to be our best yet. This year features new opportunities for members, a stellar line up of speakers and the return of speed launches all under the one roof. So hop to it and secure your seat. Tickets on sale now (price includes lunch and refreshments).


Rebecca Bird will share current book trends and insights into Indie bookstore, Pegi Williams. And she knows her stuff. To celebrate the National Year of reading in 2012, she read a book a day. Yes, that’s 366 in total. Rebecca will speak about Standing Orders and her connection with schools and librarians through her sales/consultancy role.


An Illustrator’s Project Guide

Adelaide illustrator, Timothy Ide, will talk about the process of illustrating a children’s book, from start to finish. He will address some of the pitfalls that can occur, what he tries to achieve when illustrating a project and where his inspiration comes from.


Five Reasons why I am now a writer of children’s books. And Five Reasons why I shouldn’t have been

‘Are we born writers or do we become writers? It is a question often up for discussion but if we’re not born writers, or perceive ourselves to be, what are the catalysts for change? What are the motivations of would-be authors in a huge industry where in Australia alone, 30,000 books are published annually? What does it take to maintain a sense of satisfaction and creative joy when the work of writing is so relentlessly hard and pitted against the odds of ‘no guarantees’?

By taking a glimpse into the writing life of an award-winning, Australian children’s author, Janeen Brian, discover what her stumbling blocks were, and why she continues to write today, having had over 100 children’s books published in many genres, as well as being translated and distributed world-wide. A journey singular, and yet, universal.’


Panel – Destination: Publication

Kelly Hibbert will be in conversation with Lisa Berryman to discuss the author and publisher path to publication. Joining them will be literary agent, Dyan Blacklock along with bookstore owner and booking agent, Becky Lucas. They’ll share how each of their roles can assist creator and book to have happy travels.


But wait! There’s more…

Manuscript and Portfolio Assessments with Lisa Berryman, HarperCollins Children’s Books Australia

15 Minute Pitch Sessions with Dyan Blacklock, Blacklock Literary Management

In a first-of-its-kind opportunity for SCBWI SA, members will have the chance to discuss their manuscript or portfolio with a publisher or agent. Tickets are $75 and will be available from July 29 for members. Bookings will open for non-members on August 1. Sessions are 15 mins and limited to one per person. Which leaves one simple question: who to choose?


And for the grand finale:

Ready, Set, Launch!

As the clock counts down, SCBWI SA members will launch their 2018 releases. With each launch lasting only six minutes, they’ll be going off like rockets! Books featured in a speed launch will be available for purchase on the day from Shakespeare’s Bookshop.


Lunch and refreshments included.

Please bring along your keep cup.

Tickets available here through trybooking.