SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Draft created on September 24, 2020 at 6:02 am

2020 A Surreal Year

I think we have all missed our live meetings. But the lockdown has created the opportunity to learn new skills and for people all over the region to get together. Zoom is no longer something bumble bees do!

Our first meetings on Zoom were a huge learning curve, but thanks to SCBWI HQ’s generosity, we no longer have to be on tenterhooks that the time will run out and leave us in midstream. And we seem to have ironed out most of the technical hitches. While getting to know just how useful Zoom can be, we started off with meetings for writers in the Cape. These Friday morning meetings soon informally expanded to include KZN and even Zimbabwe, and Gauteng as interest grew. The critique meetings are now open to all writer members. The illustrator members have been meeting once a month on a Thursday and thoroughly enjoyed an opportunity to share work and discuss problems and successes under Emily’s able leadership.

The writers’ critique group is slowly getting attuned to meeting the deadlines for the challenges Julie-Ann Grobler sets. Most of us needed this kickstart to move us out of the doldrums of the lockdown. It has also been useful to have presentations on some of the free digital presentations SCBWI has been offering as well a taste of the Summer Spectacular.

Our first open webinar – our next bold step – will be presented on 2 October. Katherine Graham, one of our PAL members, has made it possible for us to offer Self-publishing in 10 easy steps at  a very low price. If you are interested in self-publishing, don’t miss this opportunity.

Please see the southafrica.scbwi.org for the posts on the calendar.

And this brings me to a request – please can you let me know all your good news – whether it be a commission for a cover design, a new contract, work for a TV, books that have come out in the last few months or are due to come out – whether self- or traditionally published.

Looking forward to hearing from you

Elaine

RA SCBWI South Africa