Rottnest Retreat June 24-27, 2021
SCBWI Members, Rotto 2021 is here!
We are now calling for registrations for SCBWI West’s popular annual Rottnest Retreat.
This year, due to the very real possibility of potential COVID lock downs and border closures, we have dipped into the pool of awesome homegrown talent enlisting the services of some very accomplished and talented WA creators who will run workshops, sit on discussion panels and provide one-on-one manuscript and portfolio critiques.
Also, due to not having any interstate publishers join us this year, or wanting to load our HOMEGROWN talent with too much work, there will be no Mainland Event. But it will be back in 2022 – fingers crossed!
Our HOMEGROWN guests at the Rottnest Retreat this year will be:
Multi award-winning children’s writer and poet, with publications ranging from picture books, chapter books and young adult novels through to poetry for adults. Meg, together with Deb Fitzpatrick, will run a writing for MG/YA workshop, appear on a writing for MG/YA discussion panel and provide three one-on-one manuscript critiques.
Deb Fitzpatrick has published novels for adults, young adults and children and has a Master of Arts (creative writing) from UWA, and regularly teaches creative writing, professional writing, and editing. Deb, together with Meg McKinlay, will run a writing for MG/YA workshop and appear on a writing for MG/YA discussion panel.
History hunter Mark Greenwood is an award-winning author of over two dozen nonfiction picture books and middle grade chapter books. Mark, together with Frané Lessac, will run a nonfiction writing workshop and provide three one-on-one manuscript critiques.
Briony Stewart is the author and illustrator of several award-winning books for children, including Kumiko and the Shadow Catchers, winner of the 2012 Queensland State Literature prize for children’s fiction. Briony has a double degree in fine art and creative writing and lectures on children’s literature at university. She also conducts talks and workshops with children across Australia. Briony will appear on a picture book discussion panel and will provide three one-on-one portfolio and/or manuscript critiques.
James Foley makes picture books, middle grade novels and comics for kids which have all scored several honours, including children’s choice awards, shortlistings in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards, and selection for the International Youth Library’s White Raven list. James, together with Aśka, will run a graphic novel and comic making workshop, appear on a picture book discussion panel and will provide three one-on-one portfolio and/or manuscript critiques.
Cindy Lane is an award-winning artist and illustrator specialising in watercolour, acrylic paint, ink and pencils. Her artwork has been published and licensed all around the world. She also has 427,000 Instagram followers! Cindy will run an artwork to digital workshop and will provide three one-on-one portfolio critiques.
Kylie Howarth is an award-winning, internationally published author and illustrator of picture books and junior fiction chapter books. Kylie will appear on a picture book discussion panel and will provide three one-on-one portfolio and/or picture book manuscript critiques.
Frané Lessac has published over 40 books for children and won numerous awards for her illustrations. Together with Mark Greenwood, Frané will run a nonfiction writing workshop, appear on a picture book discussion panel and provide three one-on-one portfolio critiques.
Kathryn Lefroy is a storyteller, screenwriter and author who has spent the last several years living and working in the US. She has a first class honours degree in Art History from the University of Melbourne, and a PhD in Marketing from Monash University and is a member of the Castro Writers Coop. Kathryn’s most recent book Alex and the Alpacas was shortlisted for the prestigious 2020 WA Premier’s Award. Kathryn will appear on a MG/YA writing discussion panel.
Aśka is a children’s book illustrator, storyteller and science communicator. She is the current Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI Australia West, as well as being a judge for the Make Your Own Storybook Competition, and a committee member for the Perth Comic Arts Festival. Aśka is a recipient of several local government art grants, prizes and the May Gibbs Fellowship. Aśka, together with James Foley, will run a graphic novel and comic making workshop and will provide three one-on-one portfolio critiques.
Kelly Canby is an award-winning, internationally published author and illustrator of over two dozen books for children, is the current Regional Advisor for SCBWI Australia West and is on the judging panel for the annual Shaun Tan Illustration award. Kelly will provide three one-on-one illustration portfolio critiques.
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.
How to Book
Follow the links in this section for booking details.
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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.