23 to 24 November 2013
The Stripe Complex
University of Winchester
SO22 4NR

Our sixth annual conference offers a mix of inspiration, opportunity, fun and learning for writers and illustrators, both published and unpublished.


This year our author keynote is the award-winning MALORIE BLACKMAN, one of Britain's foremost writers for children and teenagers, and the current Waterstone's Children's Laureate.


Our illustrator keynote, CATHERINE RAYNER, won the Greenaway Medal in 2009 with Harris Finds His Feet, and has been shortlisted a further three times. Her 2012 book, Iris and Isaac, won the UKLA CHildren's Book Award.



Here be Scholarships!

If you're skint but are desperate to attend the conference, have no fear! Find out about our fantastic scholarships

1 to 1 manuscript and portfolio reviews

A wonderful opportunity to receive one-to-one feedback from editors, agents and art directors. 
More about reviews.

Talks Panels Intensives Workshops

Hear the stories behind the stories of our award-winning faculty of illustrators and authors. Discover more about the secrets behind fiction, picture books, social media, book promotion and building a career. View the Conference Programme:

Friday Fringe


Sunday Intensives

Competitions, Reviews and Other Cool Stuff

Celebrate, Network, Bond, Share

Celebrate one another's successes, schmooze the gatekeepers, bond with fellow travellers on this long journey and share the good, the bad and the wonderful in the world of children's books.
Come to the Saturday Night party - including a mass book launch to celebrate the SCBWI authors of 2012!
Attend our pre-conference Sketch and Scrawl Crawl or the night-before Critique Evening - a great way to break the ice.