Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Sketch and Scribble at The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Date(s) - 29/May/2022
10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road - Sydney, NSW 2000

Welcome to our 2022 Sketch and Scribble event at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney Washed out again!

On Sunday May 29th, we will host another Sketch and Scribble, this time in the grounds of the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. This event is for children’s book writers and illustrators and is designed so we can exercise our creativity and connect with other SCBWI members.

Members of the SCBWI team will lead you to various points of interest in the garden and will provide a prompt/fascinating fact/story or what if to inspire ideas for you to create. You can follow the group and use the writing and sketching prompts  or you can do your own thing. There are no rules. Use the prompts, ignore them, or rearrange them in any way you wish.

In addition to the prompts, we will be observing our surroundings – architecture, people, setting and views – using all five senses and capturing as much as possible through writing and/or sketching.  After these prompts we will find a spot, sometimes together, sometimes apart, to write or draw our impressions for 15- 20 minutes or so.

Towards the end of the day we will share our creations.




Map and Key


Entry costs
Entry to the garden is FREE. Please bring a small cash donation for entry to The Calyx.
For more information:


What to bring
• Hardcover spiral notebook/sketchbook/iPad or bring a clipboard for a hard writing surface. You will need to be portable, as we will be doing lots of stopping and moving around.
• Favourite writing or drawing tools. Bring as little as possible.
• Portable chair or picnic blanket for lunch in park. There may not always be benches available.
• Your own lunch, water bottle and snacks. Suncream, hat, umbrella.
• A small amount of cash for a donation entry to The Calyx.



There are a few cafes in the park if you’d like to buy food, drinks or bring your own keep cup for a hot cuppa. You can find food options here.


Tickets Washed out again!
This is a FREE EVENT but bookings are essential! CLICK HERE to book on TryBooking.
Even though this event is free, it’s important to book so we can have know how many people will attend and we can contact you in the event of bad weather or any other changes.


Draft Program (May be subject to change)

From 9.45am—Meet at Piccolo Me, Royal Botanic Gardens, Palace Golden Gate Entry, Macquarie Street
10.00am— Walk to the first stop, The Calyx. (The Calyx is entry by donation).
11.00am—Walk to the Rose Garden
12 noon—Lunch and show and tell
1.00pm—Walk to the Fig Tree Lawn
2.00—Walk to the Fernery
3.00pm—Meet again at an assigned point for Show and Tell
3:30pm – Finish up. If you would like to join us for a drink, we’ll be heading to Bell’s Hotel 1 Bourke St, Woolloomooloo.


All SCBWI members welcome! We are looking forward to spending a fabulous day with you all and we can’t wait to see what the gardens inspire!

The SCBWI Team