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SCBWI West Mandurah Retreat 2022

SCBWI Australia West Mandurah Retreat 2022

June 16 – 19, 2022

SCBWI West Members, the 2022 retreat is here!

We are now calling for registrations for SCBWI West’s popular annual retreat which this year will be held around the beautiful Mandurah Marina area. Joining us as special guests will be:

Gabriel Evans

Gabriel Evans is a Western Australian author and illustrator of several shortlisted and award-winning picture books. He works primarily in watercolour and pencil and will run a character development workshop at the retreat.

Sally Murphy

Sally Murphy is an award-winning author, poet, speaker and educator with a passion for writing, reading and speaking. Her life’s goal is to write for, read with and speak to as many people as possible, and spread a passion for reading and writing to children and adults worldwide. Sally will run a writing in prose workshop at the retreat.

Helen Milroy

Helen Milroy is a consultant psychiatrist with the Western Australia Department of Health, specialising in child and adolescent psychiatry, and director of the Western Australian Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health. She is recognised as the first Indigenous Australian to become a medical doctor. She is also a storyteller who has written three books for children. Helen will share her book creating secrets in a workshop at the retreat.

Judy Watson

Judy Watson is an award-winning Eastern States based children’s book illustrator and artist working with a combination of digital and traditional methods to make art that explores colour, light and our connection with nature. Judy uses print-making techniques, brush, pen and pencil, often improvising with tools and materials to produce images and textures that are then combined in Photoshop and flooded with colour to suit the mood of each piece. Judy will run an illustration workshop at the retreat. Judy will also offer one-on-one illustration portfolio critiques.

Cate Sutherland

Cate Sutherland is the Children’s Publisher at Fremantle Press and refers to her job as ‘taking care of all children’s books for babies through to young adults’. Cate will offer one-on-one manuscript and illustration portfolio reviews and sit on a publishing information panel at the retreat.

Alex Allan

Alex Allen is the Children’s Publisher for Australia and NZ at Welbeck Publishing. Alex will offer one-on-one manuscript and illustration portfolio reviews and sit on a publishing information panel at the retreat.

Program and Cottage List

Click the following link to view the program of activities and list of cottage allocations. This page is available to members only – you must be logged in to the SCBWI website to view it.

Retreat Program and Cottage List

Please Note

The Mandurah Retreat is a SCBWI Australia West professional development event and is open to members only.

In general, we are not able to accept share arrangements involving non-members, even where they are family members or partners of a registered member. Where a member books a private room, it is understood that the room will be single occupancy only. Exceptions may be possible where special circumstances apply; to discuss, please contact Regional Advisor Kelly Canby before registering.

In the first instance, registration will be accepted from SCBWI West members only. Members of other regions may register interest via email. We will contact you if spaces become available.

How to Book

Follow the links in this section to find the booking forms for all the retreat events.

Mandurah Retreat Bookings (bookings open 7pm Wednesday 27/4)

Mandurah Portfolio/Manuscript Review and Critique Bookings (bookings open 7pm Thursday 28/4)

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.


For more information about this event, please email Regional Advisor Kelly Canby.