By now you will have noticed the flurry of activity in SCBWI Queensland’s management committee … and maybe detected a bit of excitement building amongst members.
This is the first ever State Conference for our organisation in Queensland and yes, we are happy and proud to work towards it being the best ever … well, the best this year anyway as we plan to keep going in following years. We have heaps of fabulous presenters, interesting panellists, Pop-up New Book Bonanza, Illustrator Showcase and heaps more.
It’s the chance for our SCBWI tribe (plus non-members who’ll come, check us out and maybe join) to get together and share our passion for what we do. It’s not difficult to work that out either … we are writers and illustrators and we create great books for children and young adults – and proud of it too.
Conference date: Sunday, November 10, 2019
Price: $135 SCBWI members $165 Non-members
Check out the CONFERENCE page on this site for our Programme, our Faculty and how to book. Watch for further updates, including the TRYBOOKING site for both Conference and Editorial Appraisal opportunities.
A Party with a Purpose: sharing Poems and Picture-Books; practicing public speaking; partaking in portions of science that are enjoyably palatable! These are some of the ingredients in a Picture-Book Poetry Party.
“We’re giving family audiences enjoyable free entertainment, where they learn some science almost by accident, providing participating students with unique high-achieving opportunities plus, it’s a wonderful way to befriend and showcase other fabulous children’s authors from our region.”
This year’s star is Deanna Henderson of Minibeast Wildlife fame. She will be reading her Picture-Book “There’s a Zoo in my Backyard” and sharing some of her writing journey. This will be the fifth annual Poetry Party hosted by Science Rhymes poet Celia Berrell.
Celia’s Poetry Parties were inspired by a SCBWI suggestion of encouraging children’s authors and illustrators to accomplish projects together. Her first feature authors – Diane Finlay, Jacque Duffy and Trudie Trewin – were all fellow SCBWI members.
“It helps us to promote ourselves, our books and the SCBWI profile within our region” adds Celia.
As I attend our third sub-branch SCBWI meeting for the Sunshine Coast, I am reminded yet again at how fortunate we are to be a part of such a talented and generous community. We begin our meeting by introducing ourselves, our latest projects and discuss the many trials and tribulations of the creative life. I am sure we can all relate to everyone’s experiences, whether it be the challenge of balancing writing time with family, excitement around an up-coming New York writing conference, and Peter Carnavas’s thrilling CBCA 2018 nomination.
After our introductions, Taryn Bashford guides us through the ins and outs of creating an author platform, focusing particularly on website development, social media and how important it is to maintain a consistent and engaging online presence. I am always amazed at the expertise within our group, not only on writing, but across the wide skill set that is required to be a children’s author.
Next Margaret Gibbs waves her polished teachers wand by providing us with an in-depth insight of what teachers are looking for in an author visit. Her unique expertise was invaluable as she communicated the necessity to inspire, enlighten and motivate children. Marg also gave us five key points to communicate to the children;
‘Ideas come from everywhere.’
‘Share your ideas with others.’
‘Reading is essential.’
‘Don’t give up.’
‘You need to edit and re-edit.’
Finally, Peter Carnavas shared his experience with UQP in editing his children’s novel The Elephant. It was fascinating to hear how The Elephant was originally a versus novel and then gradually took its current format after structural edits. We heard how Peter altered his writing style by describing gestures and expressions more that he normally would have for picture books and how he was guided to avoid unintended rhymes. Peter also shared specific points that he focused on during his editorial process, such as simplifying seemingly uncomplicated words, like changing the word ‘beneath’ to ‘under,’ and always making sure there is a strong underlying ‘point’ to your story.
Thank you so much to Ali Stegart for your organising and Renee Irving-Lee for arranging the lovely room. I would whole-heartedly recommend SCBWI members to attend our informative and supportive community meetings. We will have our Queensland SCBWI leader Sheryl Gwyther at our final meeting for the year on Sunday 28th October from 2.30 – 4.30. (Venue to be confirmed.)