There can't be too many groups that could boast the passion for creativity and the warmth of friendship and support that the Australia East & New Zealand and Australia West chapters of the international Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) are known for.
These are groups of people eager to learn and share and celebrate one another's achievements, and this was all on display at the SCBWI conference at the lovely Hughenden Boutique Hotel in Sydney recently.
The School Magazine went along to participate in the panel session 'Tips on grants and organisations'. This presentation was designed to inform emerging writers and those with more experience about the financial and creative support that can be offered by groups such as the Australia Council the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund and the Australian Association of Authors and of course SCBWI itself.
Photos and more details from the event are available at the SCBWI blog
The School Magazine is in the unique position of being Australia's most significant publisher of poetry, short stories and plays for children, all of which appear in the magazine alongside original commissioned artwork.
The thousands of letters we receive from children every year suggests that we're doing our core job very well ... delighting them with exposure to the very best literature and illustration. However, another job we excel at is supporting artists and writers.
We publish excellent writing, so a person's experience or lack of it is not one of the criteria considered when we accept manuscripts. We want fresh, engaging and original material by Australian and international authors.
Thanks for having us along, SCBWI. We look forward to seeing more and more of your members' work in our magazines!