11 April, 2011

Illustrators and Writers Retreat in Gauteng

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) (Gauteng Branch) will be holding a Retreat at a secluded venue in Gauteng on the theme:


The Retreat will be led by two established practitioners:
Joan Rankin (illustrator) and Donna-Wyckhoff Wheeler (writing specialist)

The workshops and discussions will cover topics such as plotting, characterisation and setting, giving you an opportunity to take a fresh look at your craft in the light of stimulating discussion.

There will also be quiet time for you to work on your own and try out new ideas.

You could also use the Retreat to prepare your submission for the Spring Event in the Western Cape in October 2011, where an international literary agent, publishers, and experienced and published writers and illustrators will be offering critiques of writing and illustration.

Cost: R2000 for SCBWI members and R2600 for non-members. This will include all workshops, meals and accommodation.

Dates: Friday 20 May (from 17:00) to Sunday 22 May (14:30).
Please email Jenny Hatton at SCBWI.Gauteng@mweb.co.za to reserve your place.

This is a very good time to become a member of SCBWI - the exchange rates are in our favour at the moment AND the R600 you would save by being able to pay the members fee would in any case cover the cost of joining SCBWI ($85 or less than R600 at present). Remember too that members will be given preference in bookings for the critique sessions.
See http://www.scbwi.org/ to join the Society.

More about the Facilitators
Dr Donna Wyckoff-Wheeler, who offers courses in writing, will focus on writing picture books and fiction for young children. She is an alumnus of the Ohio State University, where she specialised in Applied English, folklore and narrative studies.

Joan Rankin, well known illustrator and writer of children’s books, will focus on illustrating children’s books. Joan won the HAUM Daan Retief Publishers Competition for children’s book illustration in 1986, the Katrien Harries Award for Children’s Book Illustration in 1991 and the Oppenheim toy portfolio gold award in 2003. In 2010 she was nominated for the MER award.
See http://scbwigauteng.blogspot.com/2010/11/joan-rankin-writer-and-illustrator-of.html

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