Dear Singapore SCBWIies,
We had a huge turn out at last month's meeting and it was fantastic to meet some new authors and illustrators and hear about their journeys so far. The topic of discussion was 'The Different Genres of Children's Literature' but of course, we managed to cover much more than that, and many new creative connections were formed in the process.
Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 15th September (details below) and we will be discussing the 'Ins and Outs of Self Publishing.' If you are interested in learning from our self published members about the good the bad and the ugly in self bublishing please do join us. And if you have already self published a children's book please do come along and share your experiences and expertise with the rest of us. We would love to hear your self publishing story!
Singapore SCBWI RA
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.
A new monthly meeting with a focus on Picture Books
Thank you Dedi, for volunteering to coordinate this venture. I am sure it will prove to be a very popular one.
Private SCBWI Singapore facebook page
We have created a new (private) SCBWI Singapore facebook page the Singapore SCBWI Support Group. The posts on this page will be seen only by its members and as such will give us more freedom to ask questions and share ideas without everything being public. All current SCBWI Singapore members will receive an invite to the page very soon. PLease feel free to;
– introduce you and your work
– provide useful info and help to inspire others
– share news and topics relevant to children's literature and our industry
SCBWI International News
On-the-Verge-Emerging Voices Grant
Applications for the on-the-verge grant will be accepted between September 15 and November 15, 2015
For more information click here https://www.scbwi.org/awards/grants/on-the-verge-emerging-voices-grant/
Singapore SCBWI Christmas Dinner
Date: Saturday 5th December
Venue: Ellenborough Market Café, Swissotel Merchant Court
Cost and payment method: To be advised
Non SCBWI News
Beyond Words: Malay and Tamil Picture Books and YA Fiction
The National Arts Council and National Book Development Council of Singapore invite children’s and young adult fiction writers writing in Malay and Tamil to submit their unpublished manuscripts of children’s and young adult fiction to be published under the Beyond Wordsproject. Selected manuscripts will be funded under the Beyond Words scheme for Print and adaptation into Enhanced eBooks or App formats.
Understanding Rights and Contracts for Writers and Illustrators (21 Sep)
Learn how to better manage your contractual relationship with your publisher. This 3-hour course specially designed for writers and illustrators will enlighten you on the terms in a publishing contract and other important know-hows. You will also learn whether your works are copyright protected and how you can obtain the necessary copyright clearances for your works.
Writing and Illustrating Picture Books (26 Sep)
Join children’s writer and illustrator, Lee Kow Fong (Ah Guo), as he guides you through the process of writing, translating, editing and understanding the principles of children’s picture books. Suitable for new or emerging writers and illustrators of picture books.