Who Wants to be a Kids Writer and Illustrator? Sydney SCBWI Conference – brilliant!!!

Who Wants to be a Kids Writer and Illustrator? Sydney SCBWI Conference – brilliant!!!
Wendy Blaxland, Sue Whiting, Frane Lessac, at SCBWI Conference at The Hughenden Sydney

The SCBWI Australia and New Zealand has to be the BEST ever conference with brilliant and generous publishers from HarperCollins, Walker Books, Five Mile Press, RandomHouse …. and heaps more …

and US fabulous literary agent Jill Corcoran from the Herman Agency

award winning writers and illustrators from around Australia and New Zealand

and more, more, more.

So many highlights:-

– the perfect sunny winter day at the NSW Writers Centre with brilliant panels and the best of Australian publishers shared industry news – including Tegan Morrison from ABC Books, Lisa Berryman HarperCollins, Sue Whiting Walker Books, Sarah Foster Walker Books, Zoe Walton Random House, Jeanmarie Morison Random House, Karen tayleur Five Mile Press … and more

– award winning deeply passionate writers for young people shared insights including Sally Murphy, Frane Lessac, Meg McInlay, Belinda Murrell, Hazel Edwards and more, more, more

National Year of Reading 2012, www.love2read.org, Partner of SCBWI

The illustrators showcase with 37 publishers coming to find their new illustrators lead by frane Lessac and Sarah Davis with the creative designs of Lesley Vamos and the illustrator committee of Andrea Edmunds, Marjorie Crosby-Fairall, Serena Geddes

Manuscript critiques, industry talks, authors offered contracts … the business of the children’s book industry and craft and news and partying too …

James Foley award winning WA illustrator as lead singer, with award winning author Meredith Costain on the baby grand, the guitars with writer Scott Chambers and Crystal Kite International AwSCBWI Conference 2012, award winning authors Sally Murphy and Sandy Fussellard Coordinator Chris Cheng – and SCBWI sang and danced and cheered – what a night.

A partner of the National year of Reading 2012, NSW Writers Centre, CAL – with huge thanks.

SCBWI Conference June 29 to July 2nd 2012, author Hazel Edwards and Susanne Gervay, at The Hughenden Sydney

I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.

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