Rottnest Island Retreat, Australia West

DATE: June 12, 2013 - June 16, 2013 

CONTACT: Frané Lessac 

LOCATION: Rottnest Island, Western Australia 

SCBWI members will gather for the fifth annual Rottnest Island Retreat, featuring dedicated writing time, mingling with your fellow creators, peer critiquing, interstate guest speakers, the annual Pitch Award, panel discussions, and more.

A selection of formal professional development activities such as manuscript critiques with visiting editors will be held on the mainland in advance of the retreat. These activities are in addition to, rather than in replacement of, Retreat activities and critiques will also be conducted on Rottnest.

This is a members only event.

For details on the complete program and how to book, click here.

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"Publishing: Under the Covers" - Perth

Panel presentation by Sue Whiting, (Publishing Manager, Walker Books) and Karen Tayleur (Editorial Manager, Five Mile Press):

What are publishers looking for? How do they operate? What can you do to give your submission the best chance of success? Includes time for audience Q&A. Afternoon tea will be provided.

Wednesday June 12, 5:45pm - 7:15pm.

Venue: Education Space, Mezzanine Floor, State Library of WA.

Cost: $25 SCBWI members $45 non-members.

Registrations close 1 May.

(Come early to share in the fun of "Duelling Illustrators", from 5pm in 'The Place'.)

To book for "Under the Covers", visit the SCBWI West regional page:

Pencils at Sundown: duelling illustrators in Perth


With pen in hand, two illustrators at a time will duel it out as they illustrate their response to an unpublished picture book manuscript being read aloud. 

Wednesday June 12, 5 - 5:30pm.

Venue: “The Place”, Mezzanine Floor, State Library of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge.

All welcome; no RSVP required.

(Immediately followed by "Publishing: Under the Covers", a panel discussion with editors from Five Mile Press and Walker Books Australia.)