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With pen in hand, two illustrators at a time will duel it out as they illustrate their response to an unpublished picture book manuscript being read aloud.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

Speaking and Presentation Skills

Saturday March 16,  9:30am - 12:30pm. A workshop conducted by Glenn Swift, storyteller, public speaker extraordinaire, and teacher of the Alexander Technique. Learn how to minimise your nerves, maximise your presence, and speak confidently in a way that engages and inspires your audience. This workshop is aimed at published members and numbers are limited to 16 participants.

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The Wild, Wild West! SCBWI West Christmas Party

Get your RSVPs in now for the annual SCBWI West Christmas Party!

When: 11am-2pm, Sunday December 9th

Where: Heathcote Reserve, Canning Beach Rd, Applecross

What: BYO BBQ item/mains, drinks, and a small salad/side dish to share.

Please also BYO chair/picnic rug and to minimise waste, we ask that you also bring your own plate/utensils/cup etc.

Please bring along a re-gifted, opshop, or homemade gift to the value of approx $10 for the Secret Santa pool. Antlers/santa hats optional but encouraged. In addition to the bring alongs above, you may like to bring copies of your books/illustrations for sale & signing. That way, anyone with little people in their lives get signed copies to treasure and the creators have a few more pennies in their pockets. Please mark items clearly with price and then sell/buy direct with your fellow members. There is no charge for this informal gathering; we will, however, run our usual raffle with a range of prizes on offer.

Please RSVP to Meg McKinlay by December 5.