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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Regional Advisor (ARA): Catherine Carvell email: email@example.com
SCBWI Singapore News
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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
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.
Date: Wednesday 11th March, 2015
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
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.
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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.
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:
These workshops are run by the Academy of Literary Arts & Publishing / Singapore Book Council