SCBWI—Victoria, South Australia & Tasmania

Our region is special because it’s small in geographical size but it’s big when it comes to SCBWI members. At last count Victoria had the largest number of members in the Australian/New Zealand regions and we are very proud of that. Recently Tasmania and now South Australia have become part of us and we are hoping those states will expand as much as Victoria has.

Each year we hold four or five gatherings, regularly at DiMattinas Restaurant in Lygon Street, Carlton where members and non-members come together on a Saturday afternoons to listen to two fellow members talk about an aspect of their creative careers. We then break for a long afternoon tea of discussion, networking and camaraderie while we eat, and drink Italian coffee. A Guest Speaker then shares with us an aspect of their experience from within the children’s book industry.

Image by SCBWI Member Marjory Gardner

Image by SCBWI Member Marjory Gardner

We’ve had publishers, agents, booksellers, authors, illustrators, booking agents and even accountants to advise us on how to balance our finances. One gathering each year is held in a regional location to give members and non-members who live far from the city, an opportunity to attend. Over the last 6 years firm friendships have blossomed from these afternoons and publishing successes have been shared and celebrated. For 2013 we have some exciting plans, including an Adelaide gathering and a Creative weekend escape in Maldon for Pal members.

Corinne King, Assistant Regional Advisor, Vic/SA/Tas

Corinne King, Assistant Regional Advisor, Vic/SA/Tas

Claire Saxby, Assistant Regional Support, Vic/SA/Tas

Claire Saxby, Assistant Regional Support, Vic/SA/Tas

Diana Lawrenson,  CBCA Liaison, Vic/SA/Tas

Diana Lawrenson,

CBCA Liaison, Vic/SA/Tas

Marjory Gardner, Illustration Advisor, Vic/SA/Tas

Marjory Gardner, Illustration Advisor, Vic/SA/Tas

Katrina Germein, SA Support

Katrina Germein, SA Support

Julie Hunt,  Tasmania Support

Julie Hunt,

Tasmania Support