Liz Anelli's NY Conference Sketchbook

SketchLook is an ongoing feature of the SCBWI Blog. It is a glimpse into the working process of artists, how we experiment, think through our ideas, stretch our imagination and observe the world. This is a glimpse at current work in progress, free doodles, rough drawings, and sketches from life. CLICK HERE to participate in SketchLook.

Take a peek at the working drawings and sketchbooks of some of our members:

This month we are lucky enough to take a peek into Liz Anneli's NY Conference sketchbook and see her "conference notes"!

A call-out for the next selection will be sent out in good time but members of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand are invited to submit images at any time. Work should be scans or snapshots of sketchbook pages featuring sketches, drawings from life or working drawings. Up to five images, Jpeg format, 72 dpi, 750px width maximum. Kindly avoid overlaying text on images and other digital manipulation. CLICK HERE to submit images for SketchLook.

Creative Writing Fellowships For Regional NSW Writers

Varuna, the National Writers House, invites writers living in regional New South Wales and the greater Sydney area to apply for a two-week residency at this historic home in the Blue Mountains. Writers who have been awarded a LitLink Fellowship have said:

'Beautiful setting, inspiring house - home of Eleanor Dark, the library is vast, the food magnificent, room and writing areas fantastic - where else could all this happen?'

'Quite overwhelming, enthusiastic comments and very generous advice from a very experienced published author inspires an aspiring writer no end.'

'To be able to write without interruption is a unique experience; it allows absorption into the process of writing of your whole self, mind and body (and no need to cook!).'

Funded by Arts NSW, Varuna offers five LitLink Fellowships to writers working in all creative forms, including fiction, drama, poetry and narrative non-fiction.

Residency dates for 2017 are 11-24 September. For full details of the program and to apply, go to The LitLink Residential Fellowships at or phone: (02) 4782 5674

Closing Date for applications: 30 April 2017

* The Sydney Surrounds sub-regions covered by this area are:

Central Coast (Gosford and Wyong), Central West (Auburn, Holroyd, Parramatta)
North West (Baulkham Hills, Blacktown, Hawkesbury, Penrith, Blue Mountains,)
South West (Bankstown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Camden, Campbelltown, Wollondilly)  

Dee White Talks NY Conference Feb 2017

The New York Conference was an amazing networking and learning opportunity. I loved catching up with Serena Geddes, Liz Anelli, Marjorie Crosby-Fairall and Chris Cheng, and it was so great to get an international perspective on things.

Travis Jonker's session on social media really hit a chord with me. How hard is it to stand out from the mass of blogs, websites and other platforms fighting for our attention on the WW Web? Travis certainly knew how to draw followers.

Travis is a librarian from Michigan who has a site called and his talk was so authentic and interesting. His focus was on sharing his knowledge and love of books. He had no agenda and no books of his own to promote.

One of the things he said that resonated with me most was, "Tweet out of love. It's your personality that will engage others."

Travis said that it's okay to post about yourself, but try and do at least one meaningful post a week.

Dee White