Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI Singapore News; January 2015



SCBWI Singapore


Dear Singapore SCBWIies,


Happy New Year!


I hope you all had a safe and festive holiday season with family and friends.

This is the first of SCBWI Singapore's monthly newsletters, a new initiative intended to keep you up to date with upcoming events, news, competitions, opportunities, tips and relevant information to do with children's literature in Singapore and beyond. We are planning to make 2015 a big year for SCBWI Singapore, so keep your eye on these newsletters for details.

As this is the first newsletter, it has been sent a few days early. From now on, the newsletter will be issued on the 5th of each month.

All the best, from the SCBWI Singapore Team


Regional Advisor (RA): Ken Quek                                             email:

Assistant Regional Advisor (ARA): Catherine Carvell               email:




SCBWI Singapore News


New Assistant Regional Advisor (ARA)


We are pleased to announce that as of 1st January 2015, Catherine Carvell takes on the role of SCBWI Singapore ARA.  Catherine has been a member of SCBWI since 2008 and her first book, Darcy Moon and the Deep-fried Frogs, was released by Fremantle Press in March 2014. She had this to say about her appointment.


"I am so thrilled to be appointed as ARA for SCBWI Singapore. Throughout my writiing career I have received a great deal of support, encouragement and advice from this wonderful organisation and I'm so excited to be to able to give back, and help develop the Singapore chapter. Since Ken Quek became RA (Regional Advisor) in 2010, SCBWI Singapore membership has increased from a mere 5, to almost 50 – a testament to Ken's great work setting up monthly critique groups, organising dinners with visiting authors and of course, our ongoing partnership with the world class 'Asian Festival of Children's Content'. As ARA I hope to further develop and support our members by offering a range of learning, sharing and networking opportunities for both writers and illustrators. I look forward to a great year of creativity and bookish fun with you all in 2015."


Find out more about Catherine here.



Upcoming Meetings


January Planning Meeting

This will be an opportunity for members to meet, socialise and plan for the year ahead, so please bring along your ideas and visions for SCBWI Singapore. A planning committee will be formed at this meeting. If you would like to be involved in the planning committee please bring along a brief written expression of interest detailing your experience and how you believe you can contribute. If you are unable to attend this meeting, please send your ideas and/or expressions of interest to Catherine via email for consideration.


Date: Wednesday 21st January, 2015

Time: 7pm 

Venue: Relish Burger @ Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road 259760

Cost: Strictly members only. Self fund your own drinks and meal. 

RSVP: to Catherine by Friday 16th January, 2015


​Self Publishing – What does it take?

Have you ever thought about self publishing your children's story?

What does it take to self-publish? What are the benefits? What are the drawbacks? How do I start? 

Guest speaker, Sarah Mounsey, the author of the highly successful Paw Prints picture book series, will talk about her journey and answer any questions you may have about the world of self-publishing. 

Read more about Sarah and her books  here.


Date: Tuesday 10th February, 2015

Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Venue: TBA

Cost: $10 per member. $20 per non-member. Includes tea, coffee, lime juice, and nibbles. Payment to be made on arrival (** see cancellation policy at end of newsletter).

RSVP: to Catherine by Friday 6th February, 2015


SCBWI Retreat Review

Catherine Carvell will provide a summary of the June 2015 Australia West SCBWI Rottnest Retreat at a date and venue TBA.


Sketch and Scribble Walk

A Sketch and Scribble walk around Botanic Gardens. Bring notepads, sketchbooks, and whatever fancy pens or colouring-in devices float your boat. The tour will be led and coordinated by David Liew on a date and time TBA.


SCBWI International News

Opportunities for Translators
SCBWI has created a new Translator category for members, affirming the fact that translators usher works written in English into other languages, and bring stories written in other languages into English.
In a global era, children deserve to read stories from their whole world, and translators make this possible. Translators of children’s literature need our support. As with writing and illustrating for children, translating for children is an art in itself. Translators need opportunities to network with colleagues and connect with industry professionals in children’s publishing.
SCBWI has appointed an International Translator Coordinator, Avery Fischer Udagawa of SCBWI Japan, who can be reached at itc(at)
The following opportunities are now also available:
1) *SCBWI member translators, or writers and illustrators who also translate, can select “Translator”* under Professional Roles in their online profiles.
2) *Members who select “Translator” can join SCBWI Translation*, a new listserv for SCBWI member translators working in all languages. Contact itc(at) for an invitation.
3) *Anyone can connect with translators via two new open Blue Boards at *Translating from English* and *Translating into English* in the “International and Multilingual Area”.


Member News and Events

From next month this section will highlight YOUR news, so if you have a book released, a book launch looming, you have won an award, you would like to advertise your writing or illustrating business or you have any other children's book related news, please do let us know.
Please check your submissions carefully, as there will be no editing once received by us.
To be included in the newsletter on the 5th of the month, your submission must be received by Catherine on or before the 1st of the month. Also, to be eligible for publication, news must be both timely and relevant. The editor's decision on this will be final.


Other (Non-SCBWI) Items

Save the dates 29th May to 7th June for the AFCC Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC)


Administrative Note

Cancellation/refunds: for regular meetings, cancellations/refunds will normally be available up to one week prior to the event. We do endeavour to be flexible with late cancellations when there are special circumstances.