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SCBWI Singapore News; February 2015


SCBWI Singapore


Dear Singapore SCBWIies,

Welcome to 2015! We kicked off the year in style with the first of our monthly get togethers. January's meeting was at Relish in Cluny Court, and it was great to meet some of our newest members as well as catch up with old regulars. 




The discussion revolved around what we would like to get out of SCBWI during 2015 and there were certainly plenty of ideas to keep us busy throughout 2015 and beyond. The next few meetings have been scheduled so check the details below and save the dates.We hope to see you there.

All the best, from the SCBWI Singapore Team


Regional Advisor (RA): Ken Quek                                                email:

Assistant Regional Advisor (ARA): Catherine Carvell               email:




 SCBWI Singapore News


Connect with a Singapore SCBWI critique group

Do you feel like you’re working in a bubble without any idea of whether you’re on the right track? You don’t need to go it alone.  A critique group can offer feedback on your work in progress, advice on how to improve it, encouragement to keep going when you’re feeling disheartened, and support and friendship from fellow creators.  It only takes a few writers and/or illustrators willing to read their work or share their art, and eager to exchange opinions, to form a cohesive critique group.


How does a critique group work?

That’s up to the members. If you’re starting a critique group, or as you fold into an existing group, you’ll have some decisions to make together. Talking through each person’s expectations, goals and styles at the onset will help ensure you’re all on the same page. Here are some things you’ll want to discuss:

•    How regularly do you want to meet? Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or as needed?

•    Where? In person at a home, library, cafe or online?

•    Will you include refreshments and food, or are you there strictly for critique? 

•    If you’re critiquing each other’s novels, are you comfortable reading an entire manuscript, or would you  prefer to bring individual scenes for critique?

•    How do you prefer to review each other’s work—in advance by e-mail, or on the spot while read aloud at your meeting?

•    Will the writer read his or her own work aloud or have someone else do the honours?

•    Will the writer provide photocopies for each group member?

•    How will you comment on each other’s work—taking turns or letting the feedback flow freely as inspired?

•    What will be the group’s size and how will you bring in new members (or not)?


Before you join a group it can be helpful to think about what kind of group will work best for you. 

•    Do you prefer to mingle exclusively with others in your genre or field, or are you open to mixing (eg picture book writers only;  all children’s writers; writers only; or writers and illustrators)?

•    How productive are you and how often do you need feedback?

•    How do you handle comments? Are you able to listen to criticism without getting defensive? 

•    Are you willing to give others’ suggestions a try, even if at first you disagree?

•    Do you feel more comfortable with others at your same level, or are you more inspired when you work with people across levels of experience?


If you would like to start a group, join a group, or have an existing critique group with room for a new member, email Catherine Carvell on I will send you a brief questionnaire to find out what sort of group will suit you best and put you in touch with other members with similar expectations.


Room to Read book donations.

SCBWI Singapore member, Sarah Mounsey is a volunteer for Room to Read.   and is hoping to collect a basketful of books from local authors and illustrators to be used as an auction/raffle prize at an upcoming charity event. 
Room to Read is a global organization that transforms the lives of millions of children across 10 countries in Asia and Africa by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. 
If you are able to donate a book/books that would be super.  If so please contact Sarah at and let her know which title (s) and when you could get them to her. Sarah will be at the SCBWI Singapore meeting on the 10th of Feb, or otherwise she can arrange a time and place to meet. 
Children's Cancer Foundation
Are you interested in volunteering to read or illustrate at the Children's Cancer Foundation at Novena Square? If so, please contact  David Liew at
Tree Bibilography

Kenneth and Evelyn are working on a project to create an annotated bibliography of children’s picture book titles around the theme of trees. In the past two years they have produced “Splash! Asia” and “All About Rice” around the themes of water and rice respectively. These bibliographies contain 50 word annotations that help teachers, librarians and parents to find more picture books about these subjects to share with their children.

Kenneth and Evelyn are seeking your help in two ways:

– to recommend “Tree-themed” picture books to be added to the bibliographies. While the focus will be mainly on “Tree-themed” Asian titles, a classic like The Lorax by Dr Seuss would also be considered for inclusion.

– to help in writing some of the annotations. These are fifty word synopses which explain the storyline and it’s relevance to the theme.

If you are only able to help with the recommendations, that’s fine too. If you have any questions, or titles to recommend, please contact Kenneth or Evelyn.









 Upcoming Meetings

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? 

Come along to our meeting in February for a general discussion about all aspects of self-publishing, including the practicalities of book production, marketing, promotion, distribution and social media.


Date: Tuesday 10th February, 2015

Time: 7.00pm 

Venue: Relish at Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 259760

RSVP: to Catherine by Friday 6th February so I can verify the booking numbers.


Critiquing 101

Date: Wednesday 11th March, 2015

Time: 7.00pm 

Venue: TBA

Would you like to join a critique group but lack the confidence? 

In this relaxed and friendly workshop, we will go over the basics on how to give (and take) a good critique.

And the best bit ?!!

Four lucky members will have the opportunity to have their manuscripts critiqued. More details later.


Sketch and Scribble Walk

Date: Friday 17th April, 2015

Time: 10am 

Venue: We will meet at the Bukit Timah entrance to the Botanic Gardens (next to Botanic Gardens MRT)


Please join us for a morning of peaceful inspiration at the Botanic Gardens.

Bring notepads, pens, sketchbooks, and whatever fancy colouring-in devices float your boat. 

The tour will be led and coordinated by David Liew and will be followed by a coffee and/or lunch at Simply Bread at Cluny Court. 


SCBWI International News

2014 Crystal Kite Awards

The annual Crystal Kite Award is a peer-voted award to recognize great books from 15 SCBWI regional divisions around the world. If you have an eligible book published in 2014, please ensure you enter via the process below:

1. Add the book to the publications on your member profile
2. Indicate that you would like the book entered by clicking the relevant box

Books must be entered electronically by 15 March. 










 Member News and Events

Sally R
Upcoming Event:
Meet-The-Author of Find and Seek Singapore
Singapore SCBWI member Sally Roydhouse
7th February 2015 (Sat), 3.30 p.m.
Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store
Level 4, Ngee Ann City
In the newly released picture book – Find and Seek Singapore, a small boy arrives in Singapore with his family and discovers the sights, sounds and tastes of an intriguing city.
Ask questions and have your books signed by the author. A coloring station will also be set up for kids to come along and get creative.
For more information go to and/or
To SCBWI Singapore member Evelyn Wong whose bilingual picture book The Naughty Mynah Bird will be converted into a storytelling performance for the Story Box Series by The Learning Connection.  
**To share your news, please send details to Catherine by the 1st of the month

 Other (Non-SCBWI) Items

Registrations are now open for the 2015 Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC)  which will run from 29th May to 7th June.

SCBWI members receive a 10%  discount.
When you register via the AFCC Eventbrite ticketing system, just enter the discount code “SCBWI2015”
without the quotation marks.
The discount is only applicable to the Full Festival Pass and to the Writers & Illustrators Conference 3-day Pass

This year the AFCC has organised a Writers and Illustrators Retreat at Bintan. The Retreat is open to local and overseas children’s content creators writing, illustrating or creating content with an Asian focus. Only twenty slots available! A slot in the Retreat will be given according to the merit of the work submitted.

The deadline for submissions is 28 February 2015. For more information click HERE.


Three workshops coming in February:

Beyond Words: Book Publishing

Beyond Words: Writing and Illustrating Children's Picture Books

Beyond Words: Picture Books & Young Adult Fiction

These workshops are run by the Academy of Literary Arts & Publishing / Singapore Book Council