SCBWI VICTORIA September Meeting

Date(s) - 05/Sep/2015
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Di Mattina's Restaurant
306 Lygon St - Carlton, Victoria

Join us for an inspirational afternoon where author/teacher/creativity expert Simmone Howell will explore various creative techniques including journaling and mapping to generate story ideas and stretch creativity boundaries (suitable for both writers and illustrators).

Simmone specialises in leading creativity workshops, finding the intersections between art, everyday life and writing.

Discover new approaches to tackle creative blocks and ignite your imagination, creativity and innovative thinking.

Bring along your preferred creative utensils and get ready for a special event.

Simmone Howell is a writer of fiction, non-fiction and screenwriting. She also teaches Young Adult (YA) writing at RMIT as part of their Associate Degree of Professional Writing and Editing.

Notes from the Teenage Underground won the Victorian Premier's Prize for YA literature and the inaugural Gold Inky Award. It was also a CBCA notable. Everything Beautiful was a finalist in the Melbourne Prize for Best Writing and shortlisted in the Inky Awards. Girl Defective was shortlisted in the Inky Awards and the Prime Ministers Literary Award. It was also a Kirkus best YA book of 2014 and selected on the best YA lists for LA Public Library and Toronto Public Library.

Simmone specialises in literature for young readers and her YA fiction has been published in Australia, USA, UK, Germany and Amsterdam.

Show and Tell   
As usual, we will have a brief ‘Show and Tell’ segment, so if you have a recent publication to show us or news of a recent success to share (such as an award or grant) we’d love to hear from you. 

Meeting Details

Date: Saturday 05 September, 2015
Place: DiMattina's Restaurant (upstairs room), 306 Lygon St, Carlton
Time: 2pm—5pm (all are welcome to stay on afterwards to chat and drink downstairs)
Cost: $25 members, $30 non-members (includes afternoon tea)

Payment Details

To reserve your place, payment must be received by Wednesday 2 September. You can pay in one of the following ways:

1. Direct Deposit to: 
            National Australia Bank
            Account Name: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
            BSB: 082 187
            Account Number: 82 863 8450

Please be sure your name appears with the deposit amount on your payment statement. Please also send a follow-up email to Caz Goodwin ( advising when payment was made. 


2.   Cheque made out to SCBWI and posted to:
             Caz Goodwin,
             37 Auburn Road,
             Hawthorn East Vic 3123.

Victorian SCBWI Committee Members
Caz Goodwin - Assistant Regional Adviser
Chris Bell - Assistant Coordinator and CBCA Liaison
Serena Geddes - Illustrator Coordinator
Betty Sargeant - Technology and Social Media
Jo Burnell - Membership Coordinator, Newsletter Editor

Gatherings for 2015
Our remaining two meeting dates this year will be on:
    5 September 
    21 November 

SCBWI SA fun and frolics at their gatherings

Artwork by Jane Carlisle

Artwork by Jane Carlisle


The very active and talented SCWBI SA group, enjoyed an inspiring and productive day at the Winter Gathering in the Adelaide Hills on Sunday July 19th. The day began with 'drawing and drafting' at Clealand Wildlife Park and concluded with workshops, speakers and discussion at the Stirling Library.

On Monday July 27th, members also had fun at the performance of Susanne Gervay's, 'I am Jack'.

A Very Merry SCBWI Meeting in Canberra

A wonderful crowd of ACT authors and illustrators gathered at the ACT Writers Centre on 22nd July. It was an evening of sharing news, with a visit from Susanne Gervay giving information about the current publishing scene. Tony Flowers has made his home again in Canberra and loves it there, although everyone misses him in Sydney.

The National Library of Australia (NLA) is becoming a significant children’s book publisher producing very high quality hard back books. Authors at the event published by NLA include successful author- illustrators Stephanie Owen Reader, Tania McCartney and Tony Flowers.

Suzanne Kiraly book coach, publisher and consultant shared news about her Canberra Writers & Readers Festival at the NLA. The President of the CBCA in the ACT joined in. There was so much talent and lots of laughs and it ended on a poetry wrap by Harry Laing.