SCBWI Victoria August Gathering

Date(s) - 20/Aug/2016
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


RMIT University

Corner Russel and Victoria Streets - Melbourne, VICTORIA


We look forward to catching up with you for our third gathering of the year on August 20.

This gathering will feature Susannah McFarlane, Cally Black and Nicky Johnston.

Susannah McFarlane is the author of some of Australia’s most successful children’s book series. She is the creator and writer of the awarding-winning EJ12 Girl Hero and EJ Spy School series; the creator and co-author of the hugely popular series for boys, Boy vs Beast; the author of the Little Mates series of the alliterative alphabet picture books for under-fives, and the series editor for Stuff Happens!, a great series for tween boys about the everyday challenges they face. Susannah was also the original concept creator of two of Australia’s leading tween fiction series—Go Girl! and Zac Power.

Susannah was previously the co-owner, managing director and publisher of Hardie Grant Egmont; the managing director of Egmont Books UK; the vice-president of the Egmont Group; contributor to the UK trade journal Publishing News; and the Convenor of the Children’s Publishing Committee and Board Director of the Australian Publishers’ Association. 

Susannah has titled her talk – ‘Oi! I’m over here!’ How to claim your space in a crowded children’s book market.


Cally Black, SCBWI member and author of educational fiction and Sci Fi short stories, has been on a long writing quest for that elusive thing that might make her work stand out in a marketplace full of amazing books.

As the winner of the Ampersand Prize, Cally will share her journey to her first trade novel and what she’s learned about voice, storytelling and finding personal strengths in her talk – Pushing For Something More. 


Nicky Johnston is an educator, speaker and author/illustrator. She is passionate about promoting resilience in children and raising awareness of mental health issues. Her book ‘Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts!’ has been produced as a theatrical production which has been touring primary schools for the past 5 years.

Nicky’s love of teaching sees her busy with school visits and presenting at workshops and conferences. Her extensive experience as an educator has provided her with valuable skills that she now utilises when visiting schools as an author/illustrator. During her talk, Picture This, Nicky will share practical hints, tips and examples to help you when presenting in schools.





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.



Date: Saturday 20 August 2016
Place: RMIT University, Building 13, 379-405 Russell Street, Melbourne (corner Victoria Street). PLEASE NOTE ROOM CHANGE: The room is in the same building as our last event, but one level higher. Enter via the main Russell Street entrance and follow the SCBWI signs up the stairs to room 13.3.009 (Building 13, floor 3, room 9).
Time: 2pm—5pm (all are welcome to stay on afterwards to chat and drink downstairs)
Cost: $25 members, $30 non-members (includes afternoon tea)



Book here for the August 20th gathering.



If you are a new SCBWI Victoria member, please come and meet the committee over a casual cup of coffee or pot of tea. We look forward to hearing about your projects and aspirations. This is a free event, but please book here so we can confirm numbers.

Date: 13 August 2016, 3pm-4:30pm

Location: Upstairs at Cafe Blac, 707 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, Vic, 3122. Tel: (03) 9818 8965


SCBWI DATES to Remember for 2016:

·      13 August: New Members Meet and Greet, Hawthorn

·      20 August: SCBWI VIC Gathering, Russell Street, Melbourne

·      4-6 September: SCBWI International Biennial Conference, Sydney

·      15 October: New Members Meet and Greet, Hawthorn

·      23 October: SCBWI VIC Sketch and Scribble, venue to be confirmed

·      12 November: SCBWI VIC Gathering, details to be confirmed



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