SCBWI

If you haven’t heard of SCBWI before, it’s the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. It’s a wonderful worldwide organisation, all about supporting the growth and development of its members.

When living in Brisbane my Queensland SCBWI group was one of my greatest supports, and leaving them was incredibly tough. Now in Adelaide we have just started up our own South Australian chapter, with the help of Chris Cheng, co-director of SCBWI Australia. I’ll be leading the group, helped by all the wonderful members here as we get to know each other.

That’s Chris and I above – Chris generously did a quick fly by visit for our last meeting to let us know all about SCWBI and how we can operate as a newly formed group. A few of us will also be attending the Sydney SCWBI conference later in the year. It should be a wonderful couple of days (I hope to see many of you there!). Also, due to the scholarship I received earlier in the year, I’ll get to attend the SCWBI winter conference in New York in January.

It’s turning into a very SCWBI kind of year for me…

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9 Responses to “SCBWI”


  1. 1 Lynn June 30, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Congrats on the new appointment, Kath. Look forward to seeing you in Sydney, too!

  2. 2 Sherryl June 30, 2010 at 11:45 am

    That’s great news! There seem to be lots of children’s writers in Adelaide. See you in September.

  3. 3 Scott Chambers June 30, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Cool, so now yoo da boss over there! =)
    Will have to time an Adelaide trip to overlap with one of the meetings. Till then though I’ll just have to look forward to the Sydney meet.

    ps Glad I’m not the only one who has trouble with that acronym =)

  4. 4 Angela Sunde June 30, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Congrats, Kath. I’d love to be in your winter NYC shoes. Won’t it be fun!

  5. 5 Joanna Gaudry June 30, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Great to hear that you’ve settled into Adelaide, Kathryn, although I know you’ve been there for several months now (more?).
    A ‘very SCWBI year’ sounds like a rabbity comment–that Scwibbity Wabbit! Trust you’re not turning into a rabbit down south. All the best with your Swibbity work. Joanna (born in the Year of the Rabbit) :))

  6. 6 Karen Tyrrell June 30, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Hi Katherine,
    Congratulations on your position as leader of SCWBI in Adelaide. You have a fantastic year mapped out for you. I wish you every success in all that you do … Cheers, Karen :))

  7. 7 kathleennoud June 30, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Congrats again, Kath. You’ll make it fun, I just know it :o)

  8. 8 Karen Collum June 30, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    That’s wonderful on all fronts! I know SA will be totally inspired by you and you know I’m going to live a SCBWI Conference vicariously through you, right? It’s gonna be a few years before I can even think of going to one myself! So, please blog in detail and let me know just how wonderful it is :)

  9. 9 Katherine Battersby July 1, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Thanks all! And I’m thrilled to hear others will be gathering in Sydney for the September conference. I think it’s more about the socialising than the workshops :)

    Karen, I will definitely write all about the NY conference (and maybe even do a bit of a photo journal, too).

    Joanna, I wouldn’t mind being a little more rabbity this winter – being covered in fur would certainly help with these Adelaide temperatures … brrr.


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A blog of ramblings about the world of writing and illustrating for children, by an author / illustrator who might just have a thing for rabbits.

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