Dear SCBWI (VIC) members

We have three great speakers to kickstart our creative year. Come and hear author Sue Lawson talk about the story behind her acclaimed young adult novel, Freedom Ride. Lucinda Gifford, who has illustrated over a dozen books, will discuss how to survive and thrive in the tough book publishing industry. And you won't want to miss our guest speaker, literary agent Jacinta di Mase share how an agent can help develop a creator's career, along with some insider tips on submitting to an agent.
Read on to find out more.
Jacinta di Mase:  The role of an agent and how an agent can develop a creator's career
After more than 20 years experience in the book industry, Jacinta di Mase started her own agency in 2004. The agency is committed to the creation of quality books that engage, entertain and inspire. Agency staff have a good track record for spotting works with commercial potential and working with creators to maximize their potential. We represent writers and illustrators across a diverse range of genre including picture books, young adult fiction, and fiction and non-fiction titles for the adult trade market.

Jacinta di Mase has a background in book selling and publishing and worked for ten years in two of Australia's premier literary agencies: Australian Literary Management (ALM) and Jenny Darling & Associates. She graduated with distinction from the RMIT Graduate Diploma of Editing & Publishing (1996) and studied Copyright Law at Melbourne University. Jacinta was a member of the Australian Council for the Arts Visiting International Publishers Program committee 2013–2016. She is the President of the Australian Literary Agents' Association (ALAA).
Sue Lawson: Writing Freedom Ride
Sue Lawson writes picture books, junior and young adult novels and middle-grade non-fiction books. When not writing, Sue works part-time for Geelong's BAY 93.9 and runs workshops for young people and adults. 

Sue's acclaimed young adult novel Freedom Ride, based on actual events, has been described as "a brilliant evocation of the racism in Australia in the 1960s..." (Ann Curthoys, original Freedom Rider) and " important and entertaining slice of Australian history. 4.5 stars" (Books+Publishing).

Sue is currently working with Boon Wurrung Elder, Fay Muir on a number of non-fiction projects. 
Lucinda Gifford: How to survive and thrive in the publishing industry

Lucinda Gifford has illustrated over a dozen children's books, including Jen Storer's The Fourteenth Summer of Angus Jack (ABC Books) and the Chook Doolan series by James Roy (Walker Books). She has also written and Illustrated the picture books Space Alien at Planet Dad (Scholastic) and Arthur and the Curiosity (Five Mile Press).
More than two decades ago, Lucinda took a challenging six-year degree in Architecture. She then went on to work in advertising and design. Her education and previous career helped prepare her for doing what she loves most – drawing and writing for kids.

Lucinda will share the tools and insights she's developed along the way – as a relative newcomer to the children's book industry – to survive and thrive in the publishing industry.

As usual, we will have a brief ‘Show and Tell’ segment, so if you have a recent publication to show us, or news of a recent success to share (such as an award or grant) we’d love to hear from you.
February SCBWI Meeting Details
Date: Saturday 18 February 2017
Place: RMIT, Building 13, 379-405 Russell Street, Melbourne (corner Victoria Street). 
          Enter via the main Russell Street entrance and follow the SCBWI signs.
Time: 2:00–5:00pm then afterwards for drinks.
         Please join us at Father's Office, 
         Level 3, 210 Swanston Street, Melbourne.
Cost: $30 members, $40 non-members (includes afternoon tea).

Payment: Click here to make your booking via

For further details and booking info, please visit the SCBWI events page.
If you are new to SCBWI and would like to ask questions, meet the committee and other new members, come along. 

Date: Sunday 7 May 2017
Time: 3pm–4:30pm
Location: Upstairs at Cafe Blac, 707 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn

This is a free event but please register here.

Caz Goodwin: Assistant Regional Adviser, Victoria

Chris Bell: Assistant Coordinator, Victoria and CBCA Liaison

Serena Geddes: Illustrator Coordinator

Jo Burnell: Newsletter Editor and Membership Coordinator


Be sure to mark your calendars for future SCBWI events and the chance to meet industry professionals, be motivated,, inspired, network and, of course, have fun.
     18 February

      27 May
      5 August
     11 November

Scratch and Scribble
     22 October (to be confirmed)

Meet and Greets
      6 May
      22 July
      28 October
Tim Ferriss, author:

"Think big and don't listen to people who tell you it can't be done. Life's too short to think small."
 We look forward to seeing you soon.

Caz Goodwin
Children's Author
SCBWI ARA Victoria

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