SCBWI—Victoria, South Australia & Tasmania
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.
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.