Wednesday, September 22, 2010
SCBWI and Taronga Park Zoo
There's no rest for the wicked. I've just come back from my second conference this month on children's book writing and illustration - the Sydney meeting of SCBWI (the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, known affectionately as Squibby). SCBWI has about 23000 members world-wide, but there weren't 23000 people at the meeting, because it was the local Australian and New Zealand conference. However, it was a large and friendly gathering and I'm extremely glad I went. So much happened in the two days that I can't possibly record it all here, but in a few weeks all the news will be on the official website (click here). Highlights for me included meeting numerous wonderful writers and illustrators, hearing talks by editors & publishers on the business side of creating children's books, and learning about grants and mentorships. During a bit of down time before the welcome dinner, I went to Taronga Park Zoo to see the critters. These are a few samples...
... and, I'll post soon what I learnt on creating characters at the Leigh Hobbs and Dave Hackett workshops at CYA earlier in the month.