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Rottnest Retreat 2020

SCBWI Australia West Rottnest Retreat 2020

Rottnest Retreat June 7-10, 2020

SCBWI Members, Rotto 2020 is here!

We are now calling for registrations for SCBWI West’s popular annual Rottnest Retreat and Mainland Program, 2020.

This year’s Mainland Program is on Saturday 6 June 2020, with the retreat taking place from Sunday 7 June to Wednesday 10 June. The program is packed with portfolio reviews, manuscript critiques, hands-on professional development workshops with industry greats, fun social activities, and plenty of time for relaxing with a notebook and a glass of wine, of course.

Our interstate guests this year are Commissioning Editor Clair Hume (Queensland University Press), Author, Sue Whiting and Author/Illustrator Gus Gordon.

And from our own backyard, Fremantle Press Children’s Publisher Cate Sutherland and Writing WA Projects and Communications Officer, Deidre Robb will join us for our Mainland Program.

Please Note

The Rottnest Retreat is a SCBWI 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 single 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.

Program of Events

Click the link below to download the latest program in PDF format:

Rottnest 2020 Retreat Program

How to Book

Follow the links in this section to find the booking forms for all the Rottnest and Mainland events.

Rottnest Retreat Bookings

Mainland Event Bookings

Mainland and Rottnest Portfolio Review and Critique Bookings

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.


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