Our third, two-day, annual conference offers the opportunity for those who are published or unpublished to network with other authors, illustrators and publishing professionals, to work on their craft and learn more about marketing their books and the realities of today's children's book market.
Speakers include Marcus Sedgwick, Lynne Chapman, Mini Grey, Linda Chapman and David Fickling. A limited number of one-on-one manuscript and portfolio reviews with editors and art directors will be available. We will also be offering individual website reviews with a professional web designer. There is an optional critique meet on the evening of Friday the 12th, an open portfolio exhibition on Saturday 13th and various competitions for authors and illustrators.
Join us to celebrate 10 years of the SCBWI-BI and our members' recent success at our exclusive party on Saturday night!
There are some things you're not supposed to do as a writer. Item number one on day one of Creative Writing 101 is the axiom "show not tell", but a great writer knows that laws are made to be broken, and so Wynne Jones can not only get away with but revel in a line such as this: "Aidan discovered that he really, really liked Andrew." This kind of thing isn't meant to work, and yet Enchanted Glass, like much of Wynne Jones's writing, is full of it, working wonderfully.
Wynne Jones belongs to an elect clan of the most treasured of British children's authors, creating her own unique brand of fantasy, in the same manner as Alan Garner and Susan Cooper, and it's surely this experience that breeds the confidence to write with such subtle depth. MARCUS SEDGWICK