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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Regional Advisor (ARA): Catherine Carvell email: email@example.com
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.
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
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
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
Member News and Events
Other (Non-SCBWI) Items
Save the dates 29th May to 7th June for the AFCC Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC)