SCBWI Australia and New Zealand Conferences

The annual SCBWI international Summer conference in Los Angeles and Winter Conference in New York are not to be missed. Thousands of delegates attend from all over the world, and inspirational keynote speakers are drawn from the highest echelons—leading industry professionals, publishers, art directors, agents, and award winning authors and illustrators. For more information on international conferences, visit the SCBWI International website.

Attentive attendees at the SCBWI Aus/NZ 2012 Conference

Attentive attendees at the SCBWI Aus/NZ 2012 Conference

Not to be outdone, SCBWI Australia/New Zealand holds a biennial conference at our Sydney headquarters, the beautiful Hughenden Hotel. In addition, there are many regional retreats and events each year that aim to help writers and illustrators network and develop their skills.

SCBWI Australia is very well connected in the publishing industry. Our membership is highly professional—the majority of our members are very successful and well-published authors and illustrators. We have positive relationships with publishing houses both locally and internationally and are constantly looking to foster and develop these relationships. 

This puts us in an excellent position to run some amazing events, with faculty drawn from major Australian publishing houses, award winning creatives who have succeeded on an international scale, and top industry professionals from the USA and other territories.

In addition to gaining know-how and inside information from inspiring and knowledgeable speakers, we also aim to give delegates as much opportunity as possible to network and promote their work, with illustrator portfolio showcases and exhibitions, manuscript and portfolio critiques, pitching sessions, and more.

Conferences aren't all about hard work though—they're also a great excuse for a party!

Publishers pore over illustrators portfolio, 2012 Aus/NZ Conference

Publishers pore over illustrators portfolio, 2012 Aus/NZ Conference

US Agent Jill Corcoran, Viking/Author Diane Wolfer, and Illustrator/Village Raider Frane Lessac

US Agent Jill Corcoran, Viking/Author Diane Wolfer, and Illustrator/Village Raider Frane Lessac