SCBWI Victoria March Gathering

We have three fabulous speakers to kick off our first Victorian SCBWI gathering of the year on 5 March. Our guest speaker will be Lisa Berryman Children's and YA publisher at Harper Collins Publishers.
Our two member speakers, author Hazel Edwards and author/illustrator Adam Wallace, will also inform and inspire as they talk about life as an author in Australia. See below for more information on the speakers and their talks.

Please note the change of venue and timing for our first meeting:
Where: Il Gambero,166 Lygon Street (upstairs function room) just 3½ blocks from Central Station with free street parking on adjacent streets on Saturday afternoons. It is directly opposite the park in Argyle Square, near the corner of Pelham Street.
When: 1.30pm – 4.30pm. for the first meeting only. (All other meetings will be from 2pm—5pm.)

New booking system:
We are introducing a new booking and payment system. Most of you will probably have used TryBooking in the past. It is quick, efficient, streamlined and will enable you to print off your own ticket and receipt to our events. We have tested the system, but please let me know if you have any problems.
SCBWI Gathering 5 March 2016

Workshop with Lisa Berryman: 'It's all about Brand'.
But what does that really mean? 

Lisa Berryman has been the children’s publisher at Harper Collins Publishers Australia for sixteen years and is responsible for publishing a wide range of titles from picture books to young adult titles. Lisa has also worked in children’s television at the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and taught Editing and Publishing at RMIT in Melbourne.
Her authors include award-winning author Jackie French, who with illustrator Bruce Whatley has created many internationally renowned, best-selling picture books including Diary of a Wombat, Josephine Wants to Dance and Pete the Sheep. Jackie French has also published many fiction and non-fiction titles, including Hitler’s Daughter that has been adapted for stage by MonkeyBaa Theatre.

Other Australian authors and illustrators include Alexandra Adornetto, Jesse Blackadder, Rod Clement, Tara Eglington, Sue deGennaro, Susanne Gervay, Alison Goodman, Tiffiny Hall, Rosanne Hawke, Kate Knapp, Rebecca Lim, PJ Tierney, James Moloney, Pamela Rushby, Jen Storer, Mitch Vane and Gabrielle Tozer. International authors include Julie Berry, Alexandra Bracken, Claudia Gray, Stephanie Oakes, Nicholas Gannon and John Green.
Lisa is interested in all genres. Her authors, illustrators and list reflects the breadth of her taste. Bring paper and pencil for Lisa's interactive workshop on what creating a brand means for you.

Hazel Edwards: Not Just a Piece of Cake — Being an Author

Hazel Edwards writes quirky, thought-provoking fiction and fact for adults and children. She is best known for ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake’ series (now translated into Chinese) and other media. Hazel runs book-linked workshops on ‘Authorpreneurship’ and ‘Writing a Non Boring Family History’. A director of ASA, (Aust Society of Authors) and a National Reading Ambassador, in 2013 Hazel was awarded an OAM for Literature.

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Adam Wallace: Lie No. 1 — You can't make a living as a children's author in Australia

Adam Wallace has around 30 books published, his most recent being Blunderingly Brilliant, The Vanilla Slice Kid and Rhymes with Cartooning. Adam's books have been traditionally published, partnership published, self-published, and published via his grandmother's typewriter.


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.


Please note change of venue and earlier start time

Date: Saturday 5 March 2016
Place: Il Gambero Restaurant (upstairs function room), 166 Lygon St, Carlton
Time: 1.30–4.30pm (all are welcome to stay on afterwards to chat and socialise over a drink or coffe downstairs)
Cost: $25 members, $30 non-members (includes afternoon tea).


Payment: Click here to make your booking via

Please don't hesitate to contact Caz if you experience any issues with this new system or you are unable to make payments using this method:

Caz Goodwin: Assistant Regional Adviser, Victoria
Chris Bell: Assistant Coordinatorand CBCA Liaison
Serena Geddes: Illustrator Coordinator
Betty Sargeant: Technology and Social Media Coordinator
Jo Burnell: Membership Coordinator


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We look forward to seeing you all there.

The Countdown is on - Sydney Conference 2016

‘If it’s not on my calendar, it simply won’t get done!’ I enjoy a love hate relationship with all my calendars (yes I have more than one). I love the sense of control carefully recorded events, chores, and deadlines give me as I observe them securely enclosed in their little individual squares. There’s no room for sloppy what ifs in a well-planned month of mine.

On the other hand, I hate being bound by duty and dates and would love to cast wide the shackles of time constraints in preference for a life less restricted and wildly unscheduled. However, for most of us, our first world existence doesn’t leave much room for such a devil-may-care approach and when there is only 32 weeks left until one of the next big things on the writing calendar, you're going to want to whip out your diary and clear some space for it.

Yes, it’s on again, the SCBWI Sydney Conference! These are the dates, 4 -7th September and this is the low down…well I’ll have more low down for you soon for you see, I have the dubious honour of being this year’s official SCBWI Conference Blogger, (that's me in the blue blouse looking bonkers below).

Along with a trusty team of intra-national Roving Reporters, all the behind the scenes scoops, the tantalising anticipation and the bits that you’ve never really thought about before will be delivered to you, right here! Amongst some of the highlights, we'll be looking at lead up events like Writers in the Park, what's on offer for delegates and just who and what is behind the ticking heart of such an involved conference - namely the volunteers who help put together The Illustrator Showcase, portfolio pitches, book launches and more.

If you are a past conference delegate thinking of coming again, welcome back! We can’t wait to see you. If the 2016 Conference is your first, hold onto your pencils, you’re in for an unbelievably stimulating time.

Here are a couple of reminders of just how stimulated we were in 2014.

The 2014 Roving Reporter Team lead by Sheryl Gwyther

The 2014 Roving Reporter Team lead by Sheryl Gwyther

The 2014 Conference Delegates

The 2014 Conference Delegates

Keep your eyes peeled for future updates and program highlights on the SCBWI blog site If there is something you’d like this reporter to feature about the Conference, don’t forget to leave a comment or two! We’d love to hear from you because it’s your conference!

Until I leap into the next calendar square, Rove ya later!



SCBWI stand at the BOLOGNA BOOK FAIR April 4-7, 2016

SCBWI authors/illustrators may submit their books for presentation in the on-line in a digital catalogue and for display of each book on the SCBWI stand.

Frances Plumpton ARA will represent Australia East & New Zealand where she will showcase the PAL books from our region. She has generously offered to transport and display SCBWI Aus/NZ books at the world's largest trade fair for kids' books, but places are limited due to baggage restrictions, so it's first in, first served.

As a condition of entry, SCBWI HQ has included a charge of $US25 for each title displayed, to be paid for by the author/illustrator directly to the SCBWI website. If your publisher holds the rights for your book, you can still send it for the SCBWI display. Just ensure your publisher's details are on the back cover: Rights Holder (Publisher) and Publisher email. Details are below:-

  • the book will be showcased on the regional table
  • it will be included in the booth display, and, 
  • it will be included in a digital catalogue that will be available through the website and provided on promotional material distributed at the fair.
  • Only PAL books published after January 1, 2014 are eligible for display.
  • One title per member is permitted for display. 
  • Members must register and pay US$25 through the Bologna SCBWI website here: to display their book in the regional showcase (once their region is listed as being in Bologna)

Members must also arrange at their own expense to deliver the book to Frances Plumpton at:-

Frances Plumpton Literary Agency

PO Box 15 061 New Lynn, Auckland 0640, New Zealand

Your book must be delivered to Frances Plumpton by 1 March 2016. 

  • The Assistant Regional Advisor will not be responsible for books that do not arrive by this date. 
  • Rights for each book must be available and clearly displayed on the reverse of the book (details here link to
  • TO be included in the digital catalogue please send an email to with the following:

o    front cover image (less than 1MB)

o    short synopsis (less than 100 words)

o    short bio (less than 40 words)

o    genre (picture book etc)

o    and back cover details as per information at  

The books will not be returned but will be passed to the International Youth Library Munich ( for their collection. This also enables them to be entered into the prestigious White Ravens catalogue (link: and 2014 here - 

  • There are no refunds.
  • For comprehensive look at the our scbwi Bologna presence see

For more info on Bologna, please click here:

Please email Frances if you'd like to know more.