SCBWI USA and International, include Australia East and New Zealand. Established more than 40 years ago in the USA to benefit children’s authors and illustrators, SCBWI now has over 24,000 members across the world in 30 regions including Australia, France, UK, Philippines, India, Singapore, Canada.
SCBWI Australia and New Zealand is divided into two main regions: Australia West and Australia East & New Zealand.
Each region is led by a Regional Advisor and Assistant Regional Advisors, supported by a Regional Illustrator Coordinator and enthusiastic and energetic volunteers.
Susanne Gervay is the Regional Advisor of Australia East and New Zealand with its home in The Residences in Centennial Park in Sydney.
The region is divided into chapters in NSW & ACT, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania & South Australia, and New Zealand who each hold quarterly meetings where members share ideas, news, and hear from industry professionals.
There is a biannual conference in Sydney where publishers, authors, illustrators gather in one of the great community of writers and illustrator events in Australia and New Zealand. There’s a lot of dancing, industry talks, illustrator brilliance at the showcase, contract negotiation, craft and launches … it’s wonderful.