SCBWI

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Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Mainland and Rottnest Portfolio Review and Critique Sessions 2020

SCBWI Members! Do you have an unpublished children's manuscript? An illustration project-in-progress? Or maybe a portfolio of illustrations nobody's ever seen?

Have you always wanted to sit down one-on-one with a seasoned industry professional and get some honest, expert feedback on your work?

Well, now's your chance. Read on to find out how to take part.

About the Critiquers

This year we have four guest critiquers:

Clair Hume, Publisher at UQP. Clair will be conducting critiques on the Mainland and Rottnest.

Author Sue Whiting. Sue will be conducting critiques on the Mainland and Rottnest.

Cate Sutherland is the Children’s Publisher at Fremantle Press. Cate will be conducting critiques on the Mainland only.

Author/illustrator Gus Gordon. Gus Gordon will offer three group portfolio WIP sessions, one on the Mainland and two on Rottnest. NB. Illustrators only. Gus will not be reviewing text.

All critiques will come with written feedback forms for you to keep. Your critiquer will make notes on such things as plot, structure, voice, presentation of folios, consistency of work, composition and marketability, as well as positive aspects of your work and any areas that need attention. Gus Gordon will not be providing written feedback.

Critique Schedule

Critique sessions are 20 minutes long. The group portfolio sessions are for two hours and will give the five participants about 20 minutes each to discuss their work with Gus and the group.

All critique sessions will take place during our Mainland Program on Saturday 6 June, and on Rottnest Island on Sunday 7 and Monday 8 June.

Mainland Critique Sessions

Mainland critique sessions will take place on Saturday 6 June at:

The Literature Centre
Corner Hampton Rd and Knutsford St
Fremantle

Clair Hume
9:00 am – 11:30 pm (6 x 20-minute sessions)

Sue Whiting
9:00 am – 11:30 pm (6 x 20-minute sessions)

Cate Sutherland
9:00 am – 11:30 pm (6 x 20-minute sessions)

Group Portfolio Review with Gus Gordon
9:30 am – 11:30 am (5 participants)

Please note: Mainland Critique Sessions are generally only available to members not attending the full Rottnest Retreat. If you are attending the full Retreat, please book a Rottnest critique. Retreaters keen to have a critique with Cate Sutherland, who is only critiquing on the Mainland, should contact the Critiques Coordinator in advance to discuss.

Rottnest Critique Sessions

Rottnest critique sessions will take place on Sunday 7 and Monday 8 June. All Rottnest sessions will be held in Dome Café. Session times are as follows.

Sunday 7 June

Clair Hume
1:30 pm – 3:25 pm (6 x 20-minute sessions)

Sue Whiting
1:30 pm – 3:25 pm (6 x 20-minute sessions)

Group Portfolio Review with Gus Gordon
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (5 participants)

Monday 8 June

Clair Hume
10:00 am – 12:25 pm (6 x 20-minute sessions)

Sue Whiting
10:00 am – 12:25 pm (6 x 20-minute sessions)

Group Portfolio Review with Gus Gordon
10:00 am – 12:00 pm (5 participants)

Note: Critiques and portfolio reviews on Rottnest are only available to those attending the Rottnest Retreat. If you are not attending the Retreat, please book a Mainland session. NB. Illustrators cannot book more than one session with Gus.

Cost

One-on-One Critique: $75 per 20-minute session (plus $2.50 booking fee).

Group Portfolio review: $40 (plus $2.50 booking fee).

How to Book

Registrations for critiques open at 7:00 pm SHARP, Saturday 14 March.

Click one of the buttons below to book a critique through TryBooking.

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PLEASE BOOK ONE CRITIQUE OR PORTFOLIO REVIEW SLOT ONLY
MULTIPLE BOOKINGS MAY BE CANCELLED

Once your place is confirmed, you will be contacted by Teena Raffa-Mulligan, who will provide detailed instructions for submitting your work.

These critiques are very popular and demand may exceed supply.

Slots will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. If you are unable to secure a critique, you can opt to be put on a waitlist you in case of a cancellation.

All communication is to go via Teena and/or SCBWI Australia West. Please don’t make direct contact with our guest critiquers.

What to Send

To participate in a critique, you need to send your material in advance. Please do not send any material until your place is confirmed and you have received your instructions from Teena. Material must be submitted by the deadline advised. No late materials can be accepted.

Writers

You will be required to submit the following in advance: up to 10 double-spaced pages from one story only (e.g. if sending a picture book MS for critique, you may send only one, even if it is only a couple of pages long) plus a 1-page synopsis including brief author bio details (e.g. 1/3 page bio + 2/3 page synopsis), making 11 pages in total.

You may use your time to discuss this story and/or ask general questions.

Illustrators

Illustrators have a choice of focus in their critique: they can request feedback on their portfolio OR a work-in-progress.

A portfolio review provides feedback on 10 illustration samples you submit.

A work-in-progress review provides feedback on an uncontracted, unpublished illustration project (e.g. a picture book, a comic book, an illustrated chapter book).

For a portfolio review and for the Group Portfolio Reviews with Gus Gordon:

Submit in advance:

•   Your name, 100-word bio, your website address (if applicable) and contact details.

•   Digital copy of portfolio containing up to 10 sample illustrations.

Bring with you on the day:

•   Hard copy of portfolio. Portfolios must consist of a standard A3 folder containing no more than
    10 pages of sample illustrations. Please do not include original artwork – prints only. Sample
    illustrations must be participants' own artwork.

For a work-in-progress review:

Submit in advance:

•   Your name, 100-word bio, your website address (if applicable) and contact details.

•   Your rough illustrations as a storyboard and/or a dummy book (pdf format)

•   between one and three finished illustrations from your project (pdf format)

Bring with you on the day:

•   hard copies of your storyboard and/or dummy

•   hard copies of your 1-3 finished illustrations (prints only, no originals)

Deadlines

Deadline for Submission of Materials: 30 April, 7:00 pm

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made up to 28 days prior to the event will receive a 75% refund. Cancellations made after this date will not receive a refund.

Anti-Harassment Policy

SCBWI is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience in its events and activities. Please review the official SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy before booking.

Acknowledgement of Country

SCBWI Australia West recognises the cultural significance and sad history that Wadjemup (Rottnest Island) holds for Aboriginal people and acknowledges the Whadjuk Noongar people as Wadjemup’s traditional custodians.

Questions?

For more information about this event, please email Critique Coordinator Teena Raffa-Mulligan.