Wednesday, September 20, 2017

SCBWI SG _____ Fact: Anyone can join the international Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and participate in our local chapter activities. Here's what you need to know

NOTE: I’m sharing this series of posts to introduce the Singapore chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Here’s the first of three posts this week. Meet veteran picture book illustrator David Liew, he explains how being a SCBWI member has helped him, and other members, develop their skills and grow their network. SCBWI Singapore is also a partner of the Asian Festival of Children's Content, which is a large conference for children's book writers, illustrators, teachers, librarians, parents and children held in Singapore every year. Do check out the official SCBWI signup page here if you’re interested in joining too. Everyone's welcome, whether you're a professional or a beginner. Questions? You’ll find David’s contact info at the end of this interview. 

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Hello! Please introduce yourself. 
I’m David Liew, the current Regional Advisor for SCWBI Singapore. (Comment: Which means he’s the official volunteer local rep. — Don) I joined in 2013. I was Illustration Coordinator from 2015-2016. I assumed the post of RA in Dec 2016, upon the return to Australia of previous serving RA Catherine Carvell.

What are some SCWBI SG memories you treasure?
Being "in the trenches" with the other members trying to create their works and get published, all in the context of the very challenging kidlit market in Singapore. And also the moments of happiness and heartbreak at the various book fairs and book sales with fellow SCWBI members.

How would members in Singapore benefit from the main SCWBI resources, which are based in the US?
One, you get the SCWBI Newsletter, with news and info about kidlit happenings the world over. Two, you get access to news from the many US chapters (some states and cities have more than one). Three, you get a better idea of how kidlit is actually a large and diverse market.

What would you like to see for SCBWI SG in the coming year?
Even more member-initiated projects, such as Leila Boukarim's Picture Book Critique Group! (Comment: Leila is a featured speaker at the coming Singapore Writers Festival 2017! More info here. — Don)



You can get introduced to lots of our SCBWI SG members here, and read about their respective books.


How and where you can submit your children’s book manuscript to publishers in Singapore

How to make your Quick Kiddy Comic: this is our open creative collaboration project for 2017, join the fun

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How you can use social media to connect with readers
From my talk "How Social Media Turned Me 
Into #KidLitDaddy" at the Asian Festival of 
Children’s Content 2017

Lianne Ong and I gave kidlit writing workshops
at the recent Passionate Pen event organised 
by Armour Publishing