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SCBWI Singapore News: June 2015


SCBWI Singapore


Dear Singapore SCBWIies,


Singapore SBWI's May meeting, 'Developing Effective Characters,' was a chance for members to share and learn from each other about the different ways we approach character development. We covered a broad range of subjects from character files, the importance of flaws, character vs plot driven stories and the ins and outs of self-publishing (way off topic but altogether interesting). The role the illustrator plays in character development was also discussed, and we were lucky to hear from Elieth, who brought in some of her character sketches and talked about how working with a writer differs from being a writer/illustrator.


Overall, it was a most enjoyable evening and we stayed so long chatting we ended up getting evicted (politely) from the restaurant. 

There will be no formal meeting in June, as many of us will be busy either presenting or attending the AFCC. We will however, be having a social dinner with our international SCBWI friends on the evening of Thursday June 4th.

All the best, from the SCBWI Singapore Team

Regional Advisor (RA): Ken Quek                                                email:

Assistant Regional Advisor (ARA): Catherine Carvell               email:


 SCBWI Singapore News

Singapore SCBWI online critique group

Don't forget to post your manuscripts this month !

The SCBWI Singapore Online Critique Group is a forum where SCBWI Singapore members can give and receive monthly critiques on their work in progress (be it manuscripts or illustrations).

The aim of the group is to provide us with a place to chat, discuss works in progress, give and take advice on how to improve, receive encouragement to keep going when you’re feeling disheartened, and receive support and friendship from fellow creators. 

If you are interested in joining the group please let me know and I will provide you with more information about how it all works.

Please note, you must be a current Singapore SCBWI member to participate in this forum.

RTFN Award-winner: Be the first person to email Catherine at with the code word "RTFN" to win the first occasional SCBWI Singapore RTFN Award.




 Upcoming Events

AFCC Social Dinner, an opportunity to get together with local and international SCBWI members in Singapore for the AFCC.


Date: Thursday 4th June

Time: 6.30pm to 11pm.

Venue: Cedar Grill, 63 Boat Quay

Cost: $50 (includes taxes) 



The different genres of children;s literature


Date: Wednesday July 22nd 

Time: 7pm

Venue: To be advised



The Ins and Outs of Self-publishing


Date: Wednesday August 12th

Time: 7pm

Venue: To be advised





 Member News and Events

Congratulations to Swapna Mirashi whose picture book Olive & Jay was published this month and is now available through Closetful of Books.

**To share your news, please send details to Catherine by the end of the month.**









 Other (Non-SCBWI) Items