Hero_1.jpg

Australia West

Calendar of SCBWI Australia West Events 2024

FEBRUARY

FEB 13 - Remote Regions Zoom Catch Up

When: Tuesday 13 February 6:00 PM

Where: Online

Details to be confirmed. Date and time are flexible and may change.

FEB 25 - Perth Writers Festival Coffee Catch Up

When: Sunday 25 February 8:30 AM

Where: Epoch Cafe at the State Library of WA (East end of Boola Bardip – WA Museum)

Grab a take away coffee from Epoch Cafe and join us outside on the southside lawn before the Perth Writers Festival events kick off.

MARCH

MAR 6 - CBCA's A Night with our Stars

When: Friday 15 March 6:30 PM

A Night With Our Stars (ANWOS) is not a SCBWI event but we are including it here as it is a fabulous evening and many of our SCBWI WA members feature in the line-up. Run by the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) WA branch, West Australian authors and illustrators with a children's book published in the past 12 months are invited to present. Each speaker gets three minutes to wow the audience which is filled with librarians, teachers and book sellers. It's always an entertaining evening and a great opportunity to meet people in the industry and watch and learn how different creatives work the stage. More details and tickets here.

MAR 23 - Annual Critique-Nic

When: Saturday 23 March

Where: Leederville

Bring a picnic and your work in progress and join us in Leederville for our annual critique-nic. More details closer to date.

MAR 30 - Illustrator Catch Up - Show and Tell

When: Saturday 30 March

Where: TBA

Casual catch up with other illustrators to share your works in progress. More details closer to date.

APRIL

APR 9 - Remote Regions Zoom Catch Up

When: Tuesday 9 April 6:00 PM

Where: Online

Date and time are flexible and may change.

APR 13 - Til Death Do We Art - Literary Estate Planning for PAL members

When: Saturday April 13 4:30-5:30 PM

Where: Paper Bird Bookshop, then dinner 5:45 PM at Gage Roads Brewery, Victoria Quay

What happens to your royalties when you die? Are you prepared for a literary afterlife? Join Frané and Dianne to chat through these big questions, followed by a celebration of life, food and wine. RSVP by April 7 to Dianne or Franè for table bookings. Please be aware that this session is anecdotal and informal and we advise you seek professional, independent financial advice for this matter.

APR 21 - Stagecraft and Speaking for Creatives - with Cristy Burne

When: Sunday 21 April, time TBA

Where: TBA

Cost: $35. Includes light refreshments.

Tickets: Available soon.

Whether you love the limelight or go weak at the knees, your public speaking skills are a gateway to engaging your audience, amplifying your message and empowering your career. Join Cristy Burne in this 3 hour workshop. Learn tips and tricks of body language, stage presence, storytelling and more. Try your hand at Donald Trump arms, take the pregnant pause challenge, find new ways to lean into your own unique stage style, and walk away with a suite of new tools and ideas to level up your speaking.

MAY

Child's Play: The Basics of Illustrating Kids' Books - with James Foley

When: TBA

Where: TBA

Cost: $35. Includes light refreshments.

Tickets: Available soon.

This 3 hour workshop will cover character design, storyboarding, layout, typography, media choice, final art, working with publishers, submitting portfolios to publishers, traditional vs digital. Everything you need to know to get started on your own projects, and will include plenty of time for questions.

MAY 18 - Critique & Coffee

When: Tuesday 18 May

Where: TBA

Bring your work in progress and join us at a cafe to be decided. More details closer to date.


JUNE

JUN 6-9 - Wadjemup, Rottnest Retreat

When: Thursday 6 – Sunday 9 June

We are currently putting the finishing touches on the schedule, guest speakers, workshops, and manuscript critiques. We will send a separate email with final details within the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out. This retreat sells out fast.

JUN 11 - Remote Regions Zoom Catch Up

When: Tuesday 11 June 6:00 PM

Where: Online

Date and time are flexible and may change.

JULY

Meet up and Maquette Making

When: First week in July

Casual illustrator catch up. Meet other illustrators and create while you chat. More details closer to date.

New Member Coffee Catch Up

When: TBA

A relaxed opportunity for new members to meet and find out about SCBWI WA and the industry more broadly. More details closer to date.

AUGUST

AUG 13 - Remote Regions Zoom Catch Up

When: Tuesday 13 August 6:00pm

Where: Online

Date and time are flexible and may change.

Catch up for pre-published members (while PAL are busy)

When: TBA

Where: TBA

August is CBCA book week/month and many of our published authors and illustrators are busy with school and library visits. But while the superstars are hard at work, the rest of us will catch up for lunch or dinner. More details closer to date.


SEPTEMBER

SCBWI and Publishing 101 - with Renae Hayward

When: TBA

Where: TBA

Cost: Free

Tickets: Available soon.

This 2.5 hour workshop will cover the different types of publishing, the submission process and how to give yourself the best possible start on the road to publication. It will be made available both in person and online


SEP 14 - Critique & Coffee

When: Saturday 14 September

Where: TBA

Bring your work in progress and join us at a café to be decided. More details closer to date.

OCTOBER

OCT 8 - Remote Regions Zoom Catch Up

When: Tuesday 8 October 6:00 PM

Where: Online

Date and time are flexible and may change.

OCT 10-13 - PAL Retreat

When: Thursday 10 - Sunday 13 October

Where: Margaret River

Open to PAL SCBWI WA members. More details closer to date.


NOVEMBER

Literary Speed Dating with the Literature Centre

When: TBA

Where: The Literature Centre

Cost: TBA

If you are a published SCBWI WA member, you can join the fun pitching your presentation to teachers, librarians and other industry professionals. Make connections and find your perfect match for 2025 bookings. More details closer to date.

NOV 19 - Critique & Coffee

When: Tuesday 19 November

Where: TBA

Bring your work in progress and join us at a café to be decided. More details closer to date.

Young Readers' Day Out

When: TBA.

Where: WA State Library

An opportunity for SCBWI members to present to children and their parents at the State Library. Book signings, with books sold by Boffin Books Participation by application. More details closer to date.


Xmas Party

When: TBA

Where: Matilda Bay Foreshore

The final event of the year, we will get together to celebrate with a sausage sizzle and a $10 Secret Santa gift exchange.