SCBWI Queensland author awarded RADF Grant

Are you an author or illustrator who lives in regional or outback Queensland? You have the opportunity to apply for a grant to help develop your writing. Many creators aren’t aware that the Regional Arts Development Funding exists. Go check out the site now!

Queensland author, Taryn Bashford , from the Sunshine Coast has just been awarded an RADF Grant.


Here’s what Taryn says:

I’d like to give a shout out to the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and all those local councils out there who give grants to unpublished authors.

It’s hard to gain any financial support when you’re an unproven, unpublished writer. However, there’s a grant called the Minor Round Grant for regional arts development (RADF) and it really is easier than you think to apply. I had always been put off applying until I read a post like this.

I thought it would take hours and be too hard, but the Sunshine Coast Regional Council not only made the process easy, but also assigns you a grants officer who will answer your every call and email. Mine was invaluable.

I received $1,700 to attend the SCBWI Conference in Sydney in July 2014. I now have a literary agent who is managing submissions to several publishers – all of whom requested my manuscript at SCBWI.

I can’t encourage you enough to look up grants available from your local council. Good luck!

Well done, Taryn! Happy writing with your stories.

If anyone in the Brisbane City Council area is interested in applying for these types of creative development grants, check out the  Creative Sparks funding program.

SCBWI Victoria Gathering 6 September 2014

SCBWI Gathering – Saturday 6 September 2014 – Flinders
Our next gathering is on Saturday 6 September, 2014. It is our annual regional event and this year we are gathering in Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula (details below).  Flinders is only 1¼ hours from Melbourne, not far from Red Hill. The link below provides more information about the town, local attractions, maps showing how to get there etc.
Guest Speaker
I’m delighted that our guest speaker will be Jen Storer. Jen is a best-selling author of chapter books, junior fiction and novels. She wrote the best-selling Truly Tan series, The Accidental Princess and the acclaimed gothic fantasy, Tensy Farlow and the home for Mislaid Children. Her latest series for preteens is the Crystal Bay Girls. Jen is currently working on the next Truly Tan books as well as a comedy series for boys. She is published by Penguin and Harper Collins.  Jen will be speaking about Creating Quirky Characters.  
We are also delighted to have Wendy Orr and Serena Geddes as our member speakers. 
Wendy Orr is the internationally published and award-winning author of more than 30 books, ranging from picture books to adult. In 2008 Nim’s Island was released as a Hollywood feature film starring Jodie Foster, Abigail Breslin and Gerard Butler; Return to Nim’s Island, based on Nim at Sea and starring Bindi Irwin as Nim, followed in 2013. The third in the series, Rescue on Nim’s Island, was published July 2014 and is in development as a film. Wendy’s topic is Setting Your Character Free: from Book to Film and Back Again.  
Serena Geddes spent six years working as an artist for Walt Disney Animation, including working on The Lion King sequels. In 2009 she started illustrating picture books and over the past five years has illustrated twenty-five books ranging from board books to picture books and junior novel series. She is the illustrator of the best-selling Lulu Bell series for 6-9 year olds. Serena will give us an insight into the life of a professional, full-time illustrator of children’s books. 
Meeting Details:
Date: Saturday 6 September, 2014
Where: Church Hall, St John’s Anglican Church, King Street, Flinders
Time: 2pm - 5pm
Cost: $25 members, $30 non-members (includes afternoon tea)
Payment: To reserve your place, please pay by Wednesday 3 September, in one of two ways: 

  1. Direct deposit to:
    National Australia Bank
    Account Name: Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
    BSB: 082-187            Account no: 82-863-8450
    Would you please be sure your name appears with the deposit amount on the statement as well as sending a follow-up email to me, advising when payment was made by Wednesday 3 September.
  2. Cheque made out to SCBWI and posted to Caz Goodwin, 37 Auburn Road, Hawthorn East, VIC 3123.  (Cheques must be received by Wednesday 3 September).

Receipts will be provided on the afternoon.  Feel free to contact me if you have any queries. 
Next SCBWI Gathering
On 29 November, we will be gathering at DiMattina’s in Carlton. Our guest speaker will be Paul Collins, award winning author and publisher at Ford Street Publishing. 


For more details please contact Caz Goodwin:


We look forward to seeing you there.


Deb Abela's sequel to Grimsdon

Congrats to our hardworking Assistant Regional Advisor Deborah Abela on the release of

New City (The Sequel to Grimsdon)

Published by Random House Australia

isbn 9781742758558
for ages 8 - 13 years

In Grimsdon, a group of kids were left behind in a flooded city with sea monsters, flying machines and sneaker waves. In the sequel, New City, the children are flown to a seemingly perfect world, with ornithopters, ice tornadoes and a brand new bad guy.

Wow - sounds thrilling - great stuff Deb!