Join us at our new Salon Series at The English Bookshop
We'll be hosting a monthly Salon Series in which we meet in an open forum as creatives to talk shop, be inspired by each other and encourage one another in our projects. This will be held the second Friday of each month at the perfect venue for such an event – The English Bookshop in the Jordaan. Check our regional calendar for details.
THE SCBWI SALON SERIES
every second Friday of the month at...
The English Bookshop
1016 RH Amsterdam
Telephone: +31 (020) 626 42 30
Laura Watkinson and the ALA Mildred Batchelder Award
A big and loud YAY! for very own Laura Watkinson, former RA and founder of the Netherlands' Chapter, for winning the Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children's book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States:
“Soldier Bear” is the 2012 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Dutch in 2008 as “Soldaat Wojtek,” written by Bibi Dumon Tak, illustrated by Philip Hopman, translated by Laura Watkinson and published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Way to go, Laura!
November Conference Registration now open
We are excited and proud to announce that the very first SCBWI NL conference is now open for registration.
For this conference we have been able to contract some amazing speakers: Agent Erzsi Deàk, Writer/Illustrator Doug Cushman, Art Director Ben Norland, Publisher Martine Schaap, App Builder Omar Curiere, and our own Illustrator Coordinator Siobhan Wall.
The conference The Netherlands and the Big World Out There; Publishing in the Global Market promises to be an inspiring day, filled with keynotes, lectures, masterclasses and demonstrations. The venue is located in the heart of Amsterdam, amidst an abundance of bookstores and publishing houses.
We hope to see many of you in Amsterdam in November!
Rachelle Meyer, ARA
Siobhan Wall, IC
Mina Witteman, RA
Summer News from SCBWI
Hello one and all,
We have a few announcements and events to keep you entertained and inspired throughout the summer months.
- 17 June, Friday, 6:30 pm: The launch of Bride Flight @ The ABC Tree Hut, The Hague
- 21 June, Tuesday ALL DAY: Summer Solstice Scrawl Crawl
- 11 July, Monday evening, Time & Venue TBA: Roxie Munro, Meet and Greet
- 16 July, 3:00 pm - ??: Zomerborrel, Summertime Social @ Café Dulac
- 5-6 November: The BIG November Conference
17 June, Friday, 6:30 pm: The launch of Bride Flight @ The ABC Tree Hut, The Hague
We heartily recommend this upcoming event at one of our regular haunts, the ABC Treehut in The Hague. Quite a few of us will be going, so please pop in and join us.
Announcing the launch of Bride Flight by author Marieke van der Pol,
translated from the Dutch by Colleen Higgins.
Bride Flight, set in both the Netherlands and New Zealand, is an epic story of chance meetings, romantic intrigue, and pioneering women. It is a bittersweet novel, filled with passion and longing, that lingers long after the last page.
WHEN: Friday evening, June 17, 2011
WHERE: The ABC Treehut
(enter through the American Book Center)
Lange Poten 23, 2511 CM The Hague
TIME: 6 to 9 pm; program starts at 6:30
Join us for the evening, or just drop in for a drink and a chat and have your book signed by the author and the translator.
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
21 June, Tuesday ALL DAY: Summer Solstice Scrawl Crawl
The First Annual Summer Solstice Scrawl Crawl for the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Members in & around Europe
Blog along with other EU scbwi members to share your creativity and inspiration. We have not announced any 'official' gathering places for The Netherlands, but feel free to declare one of your own from a café, your home office or wherever your day and your laptop take you.
What is a Scrawl Crawl?
An event where individuals create something speedily drawn or written [scrawl] that is inspired by their creativity and observational powers as they go from place to place [crawl].
This event is designed to get you and your fellow children's book writers & illustrators to create, commit, explore, connect and share!
Visit the website for more information: http://scrawlcrawl.blogspot.com/p/welcome-guidelines.html
11 July, Monday evening, Time & Venue TBA: Roxie Munro, Meet and Greet
Artist, Author and Lecturer Roxie Munro will be visiting us briefly in Amsterdam. Let's offer her an enthusiastic welcome! More info to come shortly...
Roxie is the acclaimed author/illustrator of 35 books for children (including Mazescapes; Amazement Park; The Inside-Outside Books of New York City [New York Times Best Illustrated Award], Washington DC, Texas, London, Paris, and Libraries; Feathers, Flaps & Flops; Doors; Gargoyles, Girders & Glass Houses; Ranch; Wild West Trail Ride Maze; Circus; Mazeways: A to Z; Rodeo; Go!Go!Go!; and Inside-Outside Dinosaurs). Her books have been translated into French, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, and Japanese.
2010 books include EcoMazes: 12 Earth Adventures, which received a Starred Review in School Library Journal, and Desert Days, Desert Nights. In February 2011 Hatch! was published. April 2011, "Roxie's a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure," an interactive game app, came out. Busy Builders, a book about bugs, will be published spring 2012.
For more information about Roxie, visit her website: http://www.roxiemunro.com/
16 July, 3:00 pm: Zomerborrel, Summertime Social @ Café Dulac
Join your fellow SCBWI members for no other reason than to raise a glass and enjoy everyone's company. Café Dulac is one of my favorite local hangouts. After you have a look around, I'm sure it will be on your list, too! Look for us in the back garden if it's nice weather.
3:00 pm - ?? (I will be there at least until 6:00 pm. You can persuade me to stay longer by buying me a drink.)
1013 EX Amsterdam
020-624 42 65
5-6 November: The BIG November Conference
Yes, we have confirmed the speakers and venue. All we need is for lots of lovely people to attend and we have a great event!
Preliminary information below, flyer and more information to follow next month.
The Netherlands and the Big World Out There: Publishing in the Global Market
Saturday and Sunday, 5 - 6 November, 2011
Currently, we've confirmed Doug Cushman – world-famous Illustrator and Writer; Ben Norland – Art Director at Walker Books; Martine Schaap – Publisher at Ploegsma Children’s Book Publishers; Gail Trouw – former Editor at De Fontein Publishers and former Acquiring Editor at Mynx Publishers, jury member of the Jenny Smelik IBBY Prize; and Erzsi Deàk – Agent, Hen & Ink. Our own Illustrator Coordinator, Siobhan Wall, will also be giving a master class on bookmaking.
This will be a full day’s schedule on the Saturday which will feature a mix of lectures, panel discussions and master classes from our speakers. There will be an optional manuscript and portfolio review on Sunday morning.
Saturday conference to be held at the American Book Center's Treehouse conveniently located in the center of Amsterdam. http://www.treehouse.abc.nl/
€120,- scbwi members / €160,- non-scbwi attendees
+ €40,- for manuscript or portfolio reviews (Sunday mid-morning)
+ €25,- dinner with speakers on Saturday night (available for scbwi members only)
Please contact us for more information or to pre-register: email@example.com
Thanks and have a lovely summer.
Best from all of us -
Rachelle, Mina & Siobhan
Newsletter SCBWI NL
SCBWI Newsletter March 2011
Hi there all SCBWI-ites and SCBWI-followers,
Here’s a news flash from Rachelle, Siobhan and Mina
Angela Cerrito – Surviving the Slushpile, Landing an Agent & Signing a First Book Contract
There are still a couple of seats available this Saturday when Angela Cerrito will visit us to share true stories from SCBWI International members around the world on how to survive slushpiles and landing agents. Of course we will also celebrate the birth of her debut YA novel: The End Of the Line.
There will be plenty opportunity for Q&A’s! You may mail us if you have any questions for Angela up front. Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “SCBWI NL ?” as your subject. Don’t forget to check out her website: www.angelacerrito.com.
March 12th, 2011
6:00 - 7:00
The English Bookshop, The Jordaan
A SCBWI Conference in the Netherlands!
Pre-announcement! In November SCBWI-NL will be hosting a conference in Amsterdam. We have a pretty interesting line-up so far: Doug Cushman – world famous illustrator and writer; Ben Norland – Art Director at Walker Books NY; Martine Schaap – Publisher at Ploegsma Children’s Book Publishers; Gail Trouw – former editor at De Fontein Publishers and former acquiring editor at Mynx Publishers and jury member of the Jenny Smelik IBBY Prize. We’re also trying to get an agent over to tell us all about their important position in the Author-to-Reader-chain. Pencil it in in your datebooks!
November 5, 2011 (all-day, with a possible extension to Sunday morning November 6)
Siobhan Wall – PRECIOUS
Our very own Illustrator Co-ordinator Siobhan Wall is the curator of PRECIOUS, an awareness and fundraising exhibition in aid of Womankind. Following in the tradition of 19th Century anti-slavery campaigners, hand-made designer items, including textiles, limited edition prints and other artworks will be available at the opening to raise funds for Womankind Worldwide.
More details on the exhibition will follow in a following newsletter, but here are the dates:
June 5th, Opening 3 pm to 5 pm
Open daily June 6th to July 3rd, 10 am to 6 pm
Donna Jo Napoli
Our esteemed colleague Donna Jo Napoli will be doing a writing work shop in Siena, Italy, the first week of May. It will be on the site of the Siena School for Liberal Arts (right in the old town), which is a non profit organization that does programs with foreign students and plows the money into outreach for the elderly, disabled, immigrants and (of special interest to Donna Jo) the deaf of Siena. They are having severe financial problems, so Donna Jo is doing this for free for them, to try to help fill their coffers.
If you’re interested in a workshop from a seasoned writer, visit these websites for more details: www.donnajonapoli.com or www.swarthmore.edu/SocSci/dnapoli1/SienaWorkshop/pdf.
That’s it for now. We hope to see you all at the English Bookshop this Saturday!
Rachelle, Siobhan and Mina
Angela Cerrito: March 12th, The English Bookshop
Help us welcome fellow SCBWI-er Angela Cerrito to Amsterdam as she shares her own experiences:
Surviving the slushpile, landing an agent & signing a first book contract
True stories from SCBWI International Members around the world
This will be followed by a Q & A session.
March 12th, 2011
6:00 - 7:00
The English Bookshop, The Jordaan
Angela Cerrito has published fiction, nonfiction and poetry test passages for an educational publisher. She is a longtime volunteer for the International SCBWI Conference in Bologna Italy and has served as SCBWI's Assistant International Advisor since 2008. Her debut YA novel is published by Holiday House and will be available in English worldwide in March 2011. Angela's website is: http://www.angelacerrito.com
Do you have any questions for Angela? Write us here at email@example.com
and put "SCBWI NL ?
" as your subject.
Please drop us a line to let us know if you will be attending as space is limited. A few of us will be treating Angela to dinner afterward, let us know if you would like to join us there as well.
It should be a fun event. Hope to see you there!
January Updates: NLSCBWI
Hello to all SCBWI-ites and SCBWI followers.
We have a few announcements to make.
Changing of the guards, part two: the replacement guards speak!
Three years ago a very brave soul named Laura Watkinson took it upon herself to establish a Dutch Chapter of SCBWI. She and Linda Lodding have done a great job of creating a presence for us here and bringing us all together. They each deserve a round of applause, a bouquet of flowers and a gold watch, if you can spare one. They’ve judiciously decided to go into retirement, and a new RA and ARA are stepping into place.
Mina Witteman is a writer of YA novels, short stories for the young and thrillers. She will be the new Regional Advisor for The Netherlands. Former Illustrator Coordinator Rachelle Meyer will now be Assistant Regional Advisor. We will still be (jointly) using the same email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) to conduct all SCBWI business, so please feel free to contact us here.
In addition, Siobhan Wall has agreed to take Rachelle’s place as the chapter’s Illustrator Coordinator. We’re looking forward to working together in order to bring you more fabulous events to help build your local relationships and creatively inspire you.
Hold the date: Angela Cerrito visiting on 12 March
Fellow SCBWI-ista Angela Cerrito will be visiting with us on 12 March at one of our favorite spots, The English Bookshop in The Jordaan. Angela is the author of the forthcoming book, THE END OF THE LINE, which will be released in March. More details to follow, but pencil this event now in your agendas as there will be limited space and we suspect it will fill up quickly.
Second crit group, central to Den Haag
We’ve had so much interest in our crit group that we’re starting a franchise!
The Amsterdam crit group, established in May, has grown to a proper size now. We’ll continue to meet every 6 weeks, but until further notice, are closed for enrollment.
A secondary critique group is now being established. We have a few people interested in meeting up who are all interested in the YA genre and are located closer to Den Haag. Are you also interested in joining this critique group? Contact email@example.com and we’ll help put you in touch with each other.
Yahoo Group shutting down
We’ve decided that we’ll be shutting down the Yahoo Group shortly as it hasn’t been very active lately and we’d like to keep our activities consolidated. If you’re on the Yahoo list serve and would like to bounce ideas around with us, we urge you to join our related Facebook group, Children's Writers and Illustrators in the Netherlands, at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=39125238536.
This is currently a public group. If there is enough demand for a private chat forum, we may consider opening a separate group of this type. If you think this is a good idea, let us know! We’re all ears.
You can, of course, also stay up to date by checking our chapter’s page on the SCBWI website: http://www.scbwi.org/Regional-Chapters.aspx?R=91
Thanks for your attention and please keep in touch. We hope to see you at future meetings and to bring the best of The Netherlands to the great society of children’s literature beyond our borders.
Kind regards and all the best for 2011,
ARA, SCBWI, The Netherlands
News from NLSCBWI: the changing of the guard
Happy New Year, everyone!
I'm very pleased to announce that the fabulous Mina Witteman is stepping into my shoes and taking on the role of regional advisor for our SCBWI chapter in the Netherlands, ably assisted by the fantastic Rachelle Meyer, who has been so instrumental in setting up our critique group. I've really enjoyed running the group since it started in 2008 and it's been great to meet so many interesting people. Thanks so much to everyone who's been in touch and come along to meetings and, in particular, thanks to Linda Lodding, our ARA, who is also stepping down (and has two books coming out this year! Hoorah! More news to follow...).
Linda and I will both be around at meetings and to help Mina and Rachelle with their plans to help our chapter grow and flourish. If you'd like to contact me personally, please use my address at gmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch this space for more news from NLSCBWI! And don't forget to visit our page on the SCBWI website:
Hope to see you soon. Happy writing and illustrating!
(former) Regional Advisor, The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Netherlands chapter
News from NLSCBWI: Kerstborrel/Christmas drinks, 8 December
Hope the writing and illustration and children's publishing projects are going well. To brighten up these chilly winter days, our SCBWI chapter will be meeting up next week for a Kerstborrel/Christmas drinks.
Wednesday, 8 December - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Café de Nieuwe Lelie
Nieuwe Leliestraat 83
1015 SL Amsterdam
We'll probably be heading out afterwards for something to eat at De Vliegende Schotel, also on Nieuwe Leliestraat, and you're welcome to come along. It'll be a great opportunity to swap news from 2010 and plans for 2011. Here's to more members getting published!
The crit group's going great guns and we'll be meeting again on 8 January. We're approaching capacity with the current group, but we can always start some new ones! If you're at all interested in joining a crit group, drop us a line at email@example.com
and we'll put you on the crit group mailing list.
All the best for a happy, warm and creative holiday season!
Regional Advisor, Netherlands, www.scbwi.org
News from NLSCBWI: winter market, conferences, exhibitions and an author visit!
Just a few opportunities I wanted to draw your attention to. Fancy a trip to Paris? Read on...
Firstly, there's a winter market coming up at the British School in Amsterdam on Sunday 28 November. Rachelle, our illustrator coordinator, took a pile of her books to sell at last year's market and it went very well. Would you like to help Rachelle out on the stand this year and take along your own books, artwork and Christmas cards to sell to the families visiting the market and also help to promote our chapter of the SCBWI? If you can't attend in person, it may be possible to drop your materials off with us in Amsterdam. Rachelle's also hoping that we'll find a volunteer with a car who can help to transport the books. Please send a message to Rachelle at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you'd like to find out more.
As I've mentioned, our SCBWI neighbours in France are holding an international conference for writers and illustrators in Paris
on Saturday 4 December with workshops on the Friday evening. You can find the details on their event page: http://scbwifrance.com/events/index.htm
and the flyer: http://scbwifrance.com/events/others2010/DEC_4_LO.pdf
If anyone's interested in travelling down to Paris together, drop me a line.
And don't forget about the SCBWI British Isles conference on 13/14 November too: http://www.britishscbwi.org/conference2010/
SCBWI members Siobhan Wall
and Tess Krüs
and crit group member Cunera Joosten
have an exhibition of their artwork and illustrations coming up at the American Book Center in The Hague, which they'll be hanging this weekend and will be on display until mid-November.
And SCBWI member Trish Flannery
and her husband Chrit Jamin
, who both exhibited in NLSCBWI's "Good Enough to Eat" exhibition, are showing their work at the Centre Ceramique in Maastricht for the month of October to celebrate this year's Kinderboekenweek.
And finally, if you haven't heard, I just wanted to let you know that Julia Donaldson, the creator of the Gruffalo, is visiting the English Bookshop in Amsterdam. This is from the bookshop's website http://shop.englishbookshop.nl/
Author Julia Donaldson
- Sunday 05 December, 2010 at 11:00
The bookshop is proud to announce that Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo and various other children books, will be visiting the bookshop this December. Julia and her husband will be reading and singing selections of her work. They will read for 30 minutes after which Julia will sign any purchased books The shop will then be open to others who wish to meet the author and purchase a signed book. This will be a very popular event and space is limited so if you wish to guarantee your place please email the bookshop, email@example.com
. The cost is Eur8 per adult and Eur8 per child.
If you have any questions, please just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
All the best,
Regional Advisor, SCBWI Netherlands