SCBWI QLD artists at Brisbane’s OWOD event

As facilitator for the recent Brisbane One Word One Day (OWOD)  illustrator event held at The Edge at the State Library Queensland, Helen Ross  (SCBWI QLD), shares her photos  of the ten talented  artists who participated on the day, which included six of our own SCBWI QLD (Brisbane) artists.

Hi everyone,

OWOD_smallIf you haven’t heard of OWOD, it is a wonderful nationwide event run by the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) in partnership with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) and  Micador (supplier of all the art supplies), that raises funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation from the sale of the art created on the day. On Wednesday 26 June it was Queensland’s turn with a group in Brisbane and  Cairns.

This event is open to members and non-members of the ASA and  so it was wonderful to see so many SCBWI Queensland artists participating at Brisbane’s event.

Each state has its own word to be inspired by which is released on, or just before the day.  Queensland’s was ‘snappy’.

So while these talented artists were working, I was interested in finding out what came to their mind when they heard they had to paint to the word, ‘SNAPPY.

Katherine Battersby:  Katherine loves snapping/snappy plants and wondered who, other than herself, would be thrilled to be given a snapping/snappy plant. (Light bulb moment) – MONSTERS!
Sheryl Gwyther:  Sheryl immediately thought of SNAPPER – FISH– CHOMP! CHOMP! Lots of snappy.
Lynn Priestley:  Thought of cameras – sheep taking photos – as everyone does when visiting a tourist spot.  A little tongue in cheek humour.
Angela Sunde:  Inspired by the fact that her cat, Toby, has suffered an injury.  So Angela thought of Snappy Toby (play on words – Snappy Tom, Tom Cat).   Toby is snappy and birds are snapping at him. ‘SNAPPINESS’ all around.
Peter Taylor:  Peter thought of  fictitious, mysterious beings and  ‘The Book of Kells’ (medieval manuscript).
Anil Tortop:  Anil at first wondered, ‘What does it mean?’  Then thought of a snappy dance.

A few pics of  the talented  SCBWI artists mentioned above, at work (click for close-ups):

Other artists involved included:

Philip Blythe: Philip thought of  underwater, platypus and turtle.
Ann Marie Finn: Ann Marie  immediately thought of CROCODILE. Then pondered as to what he would be snapping at, and then pictured him in the jungle.
Lucia Masciullo: Lucia also thought of a snappy crocodile but inspiration came  from Cheryl’s demonstration (on the day) of using play dough.  Lucia wanted to see if it would be as fun as it looked so she abandoned her original plan.
Katherine May: Thought of crocodile and  tortoise and wanted to continue in the style that she has been working in for a while.

THE FINISHED CREATIONS from our SCBWI Qld members……

And voila!

cropped image group

BACK L – R    Philip Blythe, Anil Tortop, Ann Marie Finn, Katherine Battersby, Lynn Priestley and Sheryl Gwyther

FRONT L-R  Peter Taylor, Lucia Masciullo, Katherine May and Angela Sunde

These wonderful pieces of art were created in just four hours!!!!  How inspiring!

And a special thank you to Cheryl Boody, artist and rep for Micador, for the wonderful array of art supplies.

If you haven’t already, could you please LIKE the OWOD Facebook page and ask all your friends to do so. The more support we can get on there, the more interest we can get for bidders.

WHAT HAPPENS NOW?

ONE WORD ONE DAY ART AUCTION

Once the art is completed Micador will take it to Melbourne to be photographed where it will be kept for the live auction to be held at ABC Southbank on 4 September (Indigenous Literacy Day). There will also be an online bidding option.
Thanks everyone for making my day such fun! I will keep you updated with any AUCTION news.
Regards,
Helen

NBPermission has been given by the above artists to have the above photos available for this post. If I have included any incorrect information, please let me know, and I will rectify immediately.

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SCBWI Queensland members’ get together

It’s always fun getting together with our members. Here’s an image of our last meeting held at The Collectors’ Cafe, at Queensland Museum in Brisbane.

Angela Sunde, Sheryl Gwyther, Julie Nickerson, Anil Tortop, Betty Collarson, Jacki Halpin and Jennifer Poulter on the other side of the lens.

Angela Sunde, Sheryl Gwyther, Julie Nickerson, Anil Tortop, Betty Collarson, Jacki Halpin and Jennifer Poulter on the other side of the lens.

Our guest speaker, Jessica Miller spoke about her short-listing in the Text Prize with her work-in-progress, Elizabeth and Zenobia, a junior fiction novel. It sounds like a fascinating read and we can’t wait for it to be published one day, for surely it will. 🙂

Members also shared some of the work they’re doing at the moment, and discussion ranged from e-book publishing contract pros and cons; Angela’s new picture book draft :); Betty’s story for kids set in her home country of Brazil, and a whole heap more. The coffee was good and the muffins even better.

Sorry to those members unable to make it on a weekday – promise the next one will be on the usual Sunday.

A PERFECT SUBMISSION … from the editor’s eye

On January 20 2013, SCBWI Qld held its first 2013 Professional Development workshop for writers and illustrators for children, with a very special presenter, Leonie Tyle. Leonie lives in Brisbane and is a well-respected editor and publisher who now works freelance.

Leonie Tyle

Thank you to all those who attended. We look forward to more of these worthwhile sessions – if you missed this one, hopefully you can attend next time.
SCBWI member, Angela Sunde managed to take copious notes from Leonie’s workshop … here they’ve been whittled down for the blog. Full notes will go to SCBWI Qld members by email.
SUBMITTING:
  •  Your first page must be riveting. Don’t submit too early. It must be polished like a sparkly lake.
  • Examine your motivation for writing.. Why do you want to write? Is it that you can’t find anything to read? Is it that you just love to write? Is it because you have something to say and want to share it with someone else? Getting published isn’t the be all / end all of writing. Chill about it and have fun writing.
  • All writers procrastinate. To become a better writer, practise, practise, practise… We all have the same insecurities, some have more pressure than others because their previous books were such high quality. Eg. Markus Zusak.
 A CHECKLIST:
Check and re-check your work:
Do you have an ordered structure? (A beginning, middle and end for kids’ books.)
Does the first sentence engage the reader and hook them in?
Does the text flow without relevant information, unnecessary dialogue and too much telling rather than showing?
Does the title fit the story?
Is your grammar and spelling almost perfect?
Is the word count applicable to the age group ?
Do your characters come alive?
Is your writing a refreshing look at life?
Does it respect the child and the adult reader?
Does it have the potential to be profitable?
 big group

EDITING:
Edit!
Within an inch if its life.
Make sure your opening is as stunning as possible. Get that hook!
Make sure there is no lack of vision, and your structure, plot and execution is true to the ‘what if’ theory.
Are you telling rather than showing?
Are there long and endless pieces of narration?
Are the sentences long and convoluted?
Is the dialogue realistic/authentic?
Are your characters real and empathetic? Be in someone else’s shoes.

Extra bonus: a luscious morning tea

Books Leonie recommends:
‘Bird by Bird, Some Instructions on the Writing Life’, Anne Lamott.
Grammar Basics on the Web, sentences, push and punctuation‘, Paul Callaghan.
The Professional Writing Guide, Writing Well and Knowing Why’, Roslyn Petelin and Marshall Durham.
Business and Professional Writing’, ?
The Elements of Style’, William Struck jnr and E.B.White.
 
Leonie loves both Fantasy and Realism. She loved reading ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ by Laini Taylor. ‘The Scorpio Races’, by Maggie Stiefvater, ‘The Penderwicks’, by Jeanne Birdsill – a junior novel. She also feels there seems to be more interesting stuff coming out of the UK and USA at the moment than out of Australia.
ESPECIALLY FOR ILLUSTRATORS
Interesting discussion point. Unfortunately, we ran out of time to really explore these ideas behind working out how to price your artwork. This video recommended by Sheryl Gwyther (SCBWI Qld ARA). ‘How to Price Illustration for Children’s Booksby American illustrator, Will Terry.
The graph from Will Terry's video

The graph from Will Terry’s video

What do you think about the ideas Terry talks about? We’d love to read your thoughts about it on this blog site.

SCBWI Queensland celebrates a great year

Another year of writing and illustrating is almost at its end. SCBWI Qld members met recently to celebrate another year of connecting and enjoying the company of many of our colleagues and friends in the world of publishing children’s books, celebrating successes and otherwise. 🙂

Some of our SCBWI Qld members

(l to r) Julie Nickerson, Angela Sunde, Ozan Tortop, Anil Tortop, Ally Howard, Lynn Priestley, Katherine Battersby, Sheryl Gwyther, Lucia Masciullo

Our end of year/Christmas party was a great success with yummy food, great company, lots of laughter and even a visit from a hairy gentleman in a red hat bearing gifts. Note: no further auditions for the part of Santa Claus will be needed. We have our star.

 

In SCBWI Queensland we’ve had member meetings this year in Brisbane with guest speakers, like Michelle Richards, the events coordinator at the Brisbane Square Library (with particular reference to children’s books); SCBWI Qld support team member, Pam Rushby, who gave us a great talk based on an article she wrote about selling your own books at a local market. At another meeting Pam also presented a Professional Development mini-workshop called “Perfect Pitching” following on from feedback from the Sydney conference pitching sessions. 

This year was also the first time SCBWI Qld ventured (physically) further into the state’s regions. Sheryl Gwyther (SCBWI Qld ARA) and team support member, Prue Mason flew to Cairns in far north Queensland. The meeting with members in the north was very successful and funding from SCBWI central will allow Sheryl to fly north again in April 2013 to ensure another regional meeting. In 2013, we’ll also be conducting a meeting/workshop in the Gold Coast region, and a workshop in the Sunshine Coast/Maleny hinterland. All members are welcome.

first SCBWI Qld regional meeting

The Cairns Regional visit

In July-August 2012 we had the opportunity for an exhibition in the Brisbane City Library in George Street. JOURNEY OF A BOOK … from idea to publication. A great success for many of our authors and illustrators. Thank you all who participated. 

Part of the Exhibition at the Brisbane city library

Part of the Exhibition at the Brisbane city library

2012 also saw a competition for our own SCBWI Qld logo – and because of the high calibre of entries from member illustrators, we ended up choosing three. One for this blog (Anil Tortop and Jennifer Poulter), one for Facebook (Jennifer Pearce) and one we use for our banner (Lynn Priestley). Thank you to everyone who entered.

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Our new outdoor/indoor banner

This year saw a very successful national conference in Sydney for SCBWI Australia (east and west)/New Zealand. Roll on 2014 for the next one. 🙂

Our newsletter, SCWIBBLINGS also began life this year with three issues already ‘put to bed’. Looking forward to more member input over the new year. SCWIBBLINGS Newsletter Issue 1 2012

Best wishes to everyone in SCBWI Qld for the new year ahead. Hoping to connect up with many more of you over 2013. 

November is Picture Book Month.

My goodness, it is November already.  But before we think about singing Christmas carols (oh no!), this is a  great month to celebrate picture books.

Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative (since 2011)  that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November – though as children’s writers and illustrators we always value the importance and magic of picture books.

To celebrate the month, a different author or illustrator will visit www.picturebookmonth.com each day to share their love of picture books, explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important.

Click here to see their 2012 schedule­: http://www.mylittlebookcase.com.au/featured/november-is-picture-book-month/

And make sure you look out for Australian picture book talents, Jackie French (November 11), Emma Quay (November 17)  and Bruce Whatley (November 28).

And, how can you participate in Picture Book Month?
There are many ways to celebrate Picture Book Month. Their official website has a Celebrate! page with suggestions on how you can join the celebration!

How can you become a Picture Book Month Ambassador?
Anyone who loves picture books can become a Picture Book Month Ambassador. All you have to do is place their PBM Ambassador logo on your website or blog  and celebrate by shouting out Picture Book Month. In exchange for using the PBM ambassador logo, all you need to do is link back to http://www.picturebookmonth.com.

And you might like to read SCBWI’s Christopher Cheng’s 2011 post on why picture books are important. Click here.

So let’s celebrate together. More information at http://www.picturebookmonth.com

We’d love to here from our own SCBWI Queensland writers and illustrators  as to why you think picture books are important. Please feel free to leave your comment below.

Long Live the picture book!

Post by Helen Ross.

Leading Illustrators’ Auction for Indigenous Literacy

As facilitator and roving reporter for the Brisbane One Word One Day (OWOD)  illustrator event held on 11 May at the ABC Studios (South Bank), SCBWI Qld author and blogger, Helen Ross, gives us an update on the auction details scheduled for 25 September 2012.

Earlier this year a host of Australia’s best known and highly acclaimed artists (ASA and non-ASA members) created art for ONE WORD ONE DAY to raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) to help disadvantaged kids in the remotest parts of Australia.

Artists had three hours to create a picture based on an inspirational word that the ASA released in the morning.

And there were many SCBWI Qld artists participating in the Brisbane OWOD event. What talent we have!  – Lucia Masciullo, Lynn Priestley, Angela Sunde,  Peter Taylor …

So now for the drum roll …..

The Australian Society of Authors, in partnership with the ABC and Micador will auction the 101 original artworks by these leading artists including Oscar-winning creator and illustrator Shaun Tan, Children’s Book Laureate Alison Lester and internationally recognised artist, Alison Jane Rice.

Tuesday 25 September, 6pm – 8pm
ABC Studios, 700 Harris St, Ultimo NSW
Registration essential – RSVP   events@asauthors.org

Bid in person, by phone or absentee http://www.onewordoneday.com.au/auction
Visit www.onewordoneday.com.au

Times: 10am – 2.30pm
Cost: $15
Bookings: Bookings essential – book online below or phone 1800 257 121 or (02) 9211 1004

To view all the fabulous artwork, click on:

www.onewordoneday.com.au

BUT before you go. All SCBWI illustrators please put the 2013 date in your diary. It really was a fun day!

Brisbane                  Wed 15 May 2013, 10am – 2.30pm
Code:
13OWOD05B

For other OWOD 2013 event dates, click here.

And, to find out more about  Brisbane’s fabulous  OWOD 2012 event, click here.

And if you want to bid, or know of anyone who might be interested, please kindly pass this information on.

The 2012 Byron Bay Writers Festival … impressions from a children’s writer

SCBWI Qld author and blogger, Taryn Bashford blogs on her experiences at the recent Annual Byron Bay Writers Festival. Visit her blog or website to find out more about Taryn.

Beautiful Byron Bay (image courtesy of the Byron Bay Community Markets)

Firstly, I went along as a volunteer and I highly recommend doing this if you want to save the entry fee because it’s lots of fun, you meet lots of people and you feel like you’re a real part of the Festival. I was a host and had 8 writers assigned to me (I was like their PA for a day). Just contact them via the website.

Anyhow, this was my first visit and the general impression was that the visitors loved it, thought there was a good breadth of topics and some great authors there. I was surprised at the number of children and YA authors in attendance; Morris Gleiztman, Andy Griffiths, Isobelle Carmody, Shamini Flint and Sarah Brennan to name a few.

From the standpoint of a writer though, there was very little there in terms of learning your craft. The only session catering for us writers was the pitch session (45 mins for 6 pre-determined people to do a 5 min pitch) but this was interesting as ever with publishers from Harper Collins and Harlequin Teen.

I have to say the most exciting day for me was the Sunday as it was Children’s Day. To see a whole marquee full of 5 to 14 year olds, all there to listen to authors, buy their books and get them autographed, was very exciting. We should thank these authors for attending because they are creating so much interest in reading books and that will certainly benefit those of us wishing to publish in this market – and their own sales of course!

All in all, a great venue, some brilliant authors to talk to and listen to but more geared to readers than writers.