Lots to look forward to - events in March and June
We've got lots of exciting events coming up in SCBWI HK!
March has traditionally been the best for HK based writers, and this March is no exception. We start off with a bang on the 6th when Holly Thompson, author, creative writing teacher and RA for Tokyo, will join us for a Writers' Day. She'll be giving advice on the thorny problem of how to revise your novel draft, then running a hands-on workshop on writing about inter-cultural situations and characters, surely a great duo of events for English language novel writers living in Asia! (see our calendar entry for more details)
This is followed, on the 15th, with a members-only dinner with the Hong Kong Man Intl Literary Festival guests, picture book author and illustrator Emily Gravett and the King of Horror, Darren Shan!
As if that wasn't enough... some lucky HK based writers (including yours truly) will be flying to Bologna, Italy to fly the flag for Hong Kong at the SCBWI Bologna Symposium and the Book Fair. Good books, great people, lots of inspiration and fun... not to mention lots of delicious food and wine... Are you tempted to join us? If so register now at www.scbwibologna.org - I look forward to seeing you there.
We're hoping to have a dinner talk with local publishers in May (hopefully we'll have recovered from March by then), before our fantastic illustrator day on June 5th with Laurent Linn - Art Director for S&S Books for Young Readers. (see our calendar for more details)
He'll be holding a masterclass for ten lucky illustrators in the morning, before opening up the audience to talk about the role of the Art Director in a publishing company and hold a hands-on workshop to discuss visual storytelling and flow. Everyone is invited to bring a pencil and try a bit of sketching. I must say, I'm tempted, although my characters are never very well proportioned... oh all right, I admit they are stick people - I guess I'll be the one sitting at the back of the room, where no one can look over my shoulder!