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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.


19 July 2016: Adventures in the real world: factual books and reading for pleasure. Jenny Broom (Quarto), Dawn Finch, (CILIP), Nicola Morgan, Zoe Toft (FCBG). Chaired by Anne Rooney
Waterstones Piccadilly, 17.45-19.00 talk with a social. £10.

Children love reading about pirates, animals, robots, space, monsters… anything and everything wondrous and exciting. They love adventurous stories and bizarre inventions. And they don’t love it any less if what they read is true – so why does Reading for Pleasure so often focus on fiction?

Our panel of experts discusses the huge benefits of reading factual books for pleasure, engaging young readers who might not enjoy fiction, and broadening the horizons of those who do. Jenny Broom is a publisher at Quarto, producers of the award-winning Atlas of Adventures; Dawn Finch is President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, a vociferous library campaigner, trained librarian and children’s author; Nicola Morgan, CWIG Chair, author of award-winning novels, factual books and an expert in the science of readaxation and reading for wellbeing; and Zoe Toft of the Federation of Children’s Books Groups, an independent children’s book consultant and oversees Non-Fiction November. Chaired by Anne Rooney, author of around 150 children’s information books on many subjects and Chair of the Society’s Educational Writers Group.

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

SoA Offices; space will be limited to 15 delegates; £40 (members only). 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.

Set aside your everyday practical mind, which can get in the way of writing, and boost the creative, intuitive side of you,  The day will include techniques such as creative imaging and collage, a dream vision quest and ways to face your deepest writing fears.

Morning Session 11am-1pm: With Lucy Coats
Managing your creative fears and listening to your creative self
We often ignore our creative selves in the quest to perfect character or plot, but the biggest barrier to creativity is fear.
This workshop covers how to face and conquer our greatest writing fears, and also how to rediscover and nurture our creative inner spark via a magical journey of the imagination.

1-2pm Lunch break: participants may bring their own or go out.

Afternoon Session 2-4pm: With Jenny Alexander
Creative block busting
The joy of using creative techniques to beat writer’s block is that they don’t feel like hard work; they’re enjoyable, instant and effective.
This workshop is an opportunity to try two such techniques, collage-making and creative image-work, which harness the power of your unconscious mind to get your writing flowing again whenever you get stuck.

Lucy Coats has studied shamanic methods since the early 1990s and has run her 'dream visioning' workshop for several years. She also teaches creativity-boosting workshops for Golden Egg. She is an expert in myths and legends, and has written 40 books for children.
You can find out more at:  www.lucycoats.com  Twitter: @lucycoats
www.facebook.com/LucyCoatsAuthor  www.instagram.com/lucywriter

Jenny Alexander is the author of many fiction and non-fiction books for children, and three for adults including: When a Writer Isn’t Writing: How to Beat Your Blocks, Be Published and Find Your Flow and  Writing in the House of Dreams. She also leads a series of very successful dream and writing workshops and courses.
You can find out more at:
 www.jennyalexander.co.uk  www.facebook.com/jenny.alexander.books 
Twitter: @jennyalexander4

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

English Speaking Union, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London W1J 5ED, 2-4pm. Refreshments (tea and cakes) will be served. SoA members £10, with a concession of £5 available for students.

Some of the most loved children’s books in the UK have been translated into English from their original language - Pippi Longstocking, Emil and the Detectives, Heidi, as well as Tintin and Asterix.

Despite this, translated  literature makes up a very small percentage of the total number of children’s books published in the UK each year. In an globalised world, where intercultural exchange is widespread and multi-faceted, this lack of access to children’s literature which has been produced outside the English-speaking world could be seen as a problematic gap in young people’s cultural education; as Skellig author David Almond puts it: "children need to read the best books by the best writers from all parts of the world… our children are missing out."

After the discussion the shortlist for the 2017 Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation will be announced.

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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)



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