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Children's Writers and Illustrators Group

The CWIG Group works within the Society to further the interests of children's writers and artists and is open to writers and illustrators who have had at least one book published by a reputable children's publisher. 

Please email Jo McCrum if you would like to join.


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Diary Dates

Some of the later events are not yet live on the bookings system - members will be mailed with full details nearer the time. Please note that we are phasing out paper flyers, so do remember to forward your current email address.


7 July 2016: iMovie Magic with Shoo Rayne

SoA Offices, 11.50-14.35 including a 45 minute break. Refreshments will be provided in the form of tea, coffee and biscuits but lunch will not be provided. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch. Space is limited to 15 delegates. £20 members only.

Learn to make and edit videos with just your iPhone or iPad. Bring your website to life with video blogs and fun, simple book trailers and reach a whole new audience on social media.

Shoo says: “With the iMovie app on your iPhone or iPad you have a very sophisticated TV studio at your fingertips. Come and learn what’s possible. Bring your iPhone or iPad for a hands-on experience and start producing videos you can be proud of.”

Shoo Rayner has nearly 200,000 subscribers on YouTube and 30 million video views! He won the YouTube NextUp competition and the HP award for use of social media.


29 September 2016: Creativity day with Lucy Coats and Jenny Alexander.

SoA Offices; space will be limited; £20 per session (members only). Details and timings are yet to be confirmed.


20 October 2016: Diverse Voices,  Children's translation event with Annie Eaton (Penguin Random House), Gill Evans (Walker Books) and Sarah Odedina (Pushkin Press) and others tbc.

English Speaking Union, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London W1J 5ED, 2-4pm, The Marsh Award shortlist will be announced after the debate. Refreshments (tea and cakes) will be served. SoA membners £10, with a concession of £5 available for students.


16 November 2016: The Curious History of British Children's Literature with Nicholas Tucker

SoA Offices, AGM 5.30-6pm, Talk 6-8pm with a social and 6.15pm start.   AGM free, event and social £10 for members.

Children's books have always tended to reflect those adult values current when they were written. But children themselves have sometimes been very effective in pushing for the sort of books they like whether adults always approve or not. This talk will look at this on-going tension as reflected in children's literature over the last few centuries.

Nicholas Tucker was formerly  Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex. Before that he was first a teacher and then an educational psychologist.  He is the author of nine books about children, childhood and reading, including The Child and the Book, (CUP).  He has also written six books for children, broadcasts frequently and reviews in the Independent. Other publications include Family Fictions; Contemporary Classics of Children’s Literature (with Nikki Gamble, Continuum), The Rough Guide to Children’s Books 0-5 and 5-11, The Rough Guide to Teenage Books (with Julia Eccleshare) and Darkness Visible: Inside the World of Philip Pullman (Icon Books).

Guide to Author Fees for Talks in Schools

This Guide outlines good practice for authors and event organisers planning events in schools and other venues. 

The report has been compiled by Nicola Morgan, a committee member of the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group and former chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland. An award-winning author for young people, she has written approximately 90 books. Find Nicola at www.nicolamorgan.comFacebook and Twitter.

>> Download our Guide to Author Fees for Talks in Schools (PDF 1.17MB)

  • Authors and illustrators looking to do more school visits might want to have a look at our collection of Author Directories


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