North East SCBWI-BI
Welcome to our group. We aim to bring together children's authors and illustrators living and working in the north east. Our area covers North Yorkshire to Northumberland but members from other areas are welcome to join us for our events. If you are published or unpublished, member or non-member then we would love to meet you.
The NE network coordinator is Maureen Lynas. Please contact Maureen with any queries or to be added to the group's email list - northeastATbritishscbwi.org (replace the AT with @)
When and Where the North East Group Meets
We'll be holding events in York and Newcastle in 2013.
Scrawlcrawl at the Yorkshire Museum
Date: Sat 2nd Feb 2013
Time: 10:30 until 3pm
Cost: admission to the museum
This event is open to members and non-members. It's a chance for members to catch up with friends, and an opportunity for non-members to come along and find out more about the group. To find out more visit
We are holding monthly critique sessions at
Date: every second Thursday, statring on March 14th
Time 6pm - 8pm
We share work by email before the critique session and offer advice on how to critique and how to respond to a critique. Non-members are welcome to join our critique group once to see if they wish to join the SCBWI. Please contact Cathy Brumby at firstname.lastname@example.org to join.
The Revision Game Part 1 - Sara Grant.
Date: 27th April 2013
Venue:Explore York, Library Learning Centre, Museum Street, York.
Planning/Sharing and Social meeting
Date: 7th September
Venue: Explore York, Library Learning Centre, Museum Street, York.
Join us to plan our next year's events, share your work and chat. email northeastATbritishscbwi.org if you would like to attend.
The Revision Game Part 2 - Sara Grant.
Date: 5th Oct 2013
Venue:Brigantes Pub, Micklegate, York.
Dec: Members Christmas party. Date and venue tbc.
What We've Done So Far
Maureen has led workshops on
Understanding plot and structure through picture books
Creating a good beginning
Pacing using the five steps of Naming, Previewing, Contrasting, The Event! and Reflecting/revealing.
The Hero's Journey
In 2012 we ran three masterclasses
April - Steve Hartley ran a hilarious workshop on Character
July - Bridget Strevens Marzo ran a picture book workshop
Oct - Steve Hartley ran another hilarious workshop on Character motivation.
We hold regular scrawlcrawls where authors and illustrators write and draw together in different places, to stimultate their creativity (and chat). The only difficult thing about a scrawlcrawl is stopping the chat long enough to actually do any writing or drawing!
Who's who in NE SCBWI
Maureen Lynas is the NE coordinator and the SCBWI BI Network Coordinator.
She writes funny fiction and poetry for younger children. She blogs on Notes from the Slushpile and is a member of the funEverse poetry blog. She is also the author of the Action Words Reading Scheme which teaches high frequence words to KS1 children.
Cathy Brumby leads our critique group at Seven Stoiries
She's always enjoyed scribbling and doodling, but working at Seven Stories and being surrounded by artwork and manuscripts every day, has given her the push to write and illustrate more seriously. Her scribbling's always seem to have some fantasy element, no matter how hard she tries not to, and her doodling always manages to have an elf or two. She keeps a sketch blog which is looked after by her alter ego Ziggy Shortcrust; elf whisperer www.ziggyshortcrust.wordpress.com
Kate Pankhurst is an author and illustrator. Here's Kate with fellow NE member Steve Hartley. Kate illustrated Steve's Danny Baker series.
Mariella Mystery, Kate's new series is due for launch on April 12th.
You can see more of Kate's work here Kate Pankhurst
This portrait of Steve Hartley is by Kate, I think he's even wearing the same shirt!
Her's a link to Steve and his Danny Baker Books.
Rebecca Colby is a picture book author and funEverse poet.
She won the 2011 SCBWI Barbara Karlin with “Monsterella” and has recently won first place in the SCBWI BI Winchester Writers’ Conference, Writing for Children 4-7 years category with “Fairy Godmother School”
Rebecca is represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon
Here's Rebecca's website.
Catriona Tippin is our venue organiser. Catriona is writing poetry and plays. you can read more about Catriona here
Morag Caunt is writing young adult fiction for reluctant readers. you can read more about Morag here