18.00 - 20.30 p.m.

Night Before Conference Critique

Night Before Critique Meet in 2010
Night Before Critique Meet in 2010

Come and join us for our popular Night Before Conference Critique Meet. This is an excellent way to meet other writers and illustrators before the official start to the conference, and a fantastic opportunity to get your manuscript or portfolio critiqued by fellow writers and illustrators. Afterwards, we’ll be heading off for dinner at a local restaurant.


We meet at 6 p.m. for a prompt 6.30 start. The manuscript and portfolio critiques will be held in small groups. 


Please sign up for this event on the registration form. Groups will be assigned by the end of October. Your group’s facilitator will send you more details at that time but you will need to have your manuscript (for picture book writers) or manuscript extract (2000 words) ready to email to your facilitator by Friday 1st November at the latest. You will then have some time to read and make comments on the rest of your group’s manuscripts in advance of the night.


Note: illustrators bringing portfolios do not need to send work in advance but will still need to sign up to the event on the registration form. Sign up on the booking form

Enquiries: Clare Bell


20.30 p.m.

Informal Dinner

Happy SCBWI people at 2008's informal eat up
Happy SCBWI people at 2008's informal eat up

After the Critique meet, folks wander into town for a meal. The conference can be quite relentless and the Friday night eat up is a great way to meet new people and have a relaxed chat before rolling up your sleeves for the weekend. 


If you'd like to attend, let us know on the booking form.