Hi Everyone!

SCBWI is running a professional day program at the Moonah Arts Centre this coming weekend! Tickets are between $100 and $195 for a full day of professional development and information.

Please note that the TWC is not running or managing this event. Christina Booth and Ann Morgan are best placed to provide you with more information.



The Conference

When and where?

8.30 am to 5pm, Saturday 27 October

Performing Arts Studio

Moonah Arts Centre,

23-27 Albert Road, Moonah.




8.30 – 9.00    Registration

9.00 – 9.15   Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country.

9.15 – 10.00  Keynote address, Publishing Today by Claire Halifax.

10.00- 10.45  Craft: the challenges of illustrating a narrative.

Tony Flowers – in conversation with Christina Booth

10.45 -11.15  MORNING TEA (provided)

11.15- 11. 45  What does a Literary Agent Do?

Top 10 Tricks and Traps of Publishing Contracts. Alex Adsett

11.45- 12.15  Panel: Tasmanian illustrators talk about their journey to publication

Christina Booth (chair) Alyssa Bermudez, Bronwyn Houston, Aurore McLeod

& Tony Flowers

12.15-1.00    Panel: Tasmanian writers talk about their journey to publication

Nicole Gill (chair), Julie Hunt, Verity Croker, Terry Whitebeach,

& Carol Ann Martin

1.00-2.00     LUNCH (byo)

2.00 – 2.45   Approaching an agent or publisher

Anne Morgan (chair), with Alex Adsett, Claire Halifax and Maryann Ballantyne.

2.45 -3.15    Promoting Tasmanian talent – a bookseller’s perspective,

Clive Tilsley, Fullers Bookshop.

3.15-3.45     AFTERNOON TEA (provided)

3.45-4.30     Working with a publisher

Susanne Gervay (chair), Emily Conolon, Christina Booth,

Maryanne Ballantyne, Claire Hallifax.

4.30 – 5.00   How SCBWI connects authors and illustrators to the industry.

Susanne Gervay, Christina Booth, Anne Morgan.



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Join us as we shine a light on kid lit creators in Tasmania. We want you to know that YOU CAN DO IT!

Don’t miss out! We want to urge all children’s book creators to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to learn from industry professionals and gain from this rare professional development opportunity! If you haven’t yet booked there’s still time.


More information about the event


Some housekeeping for those attending…

Name Tag Holders: We are attempting to reduce our footprint so rather than us purchasing more plastic name tag holders please bring your own to recycle – we will provide the name tags.

Catering: Morning and afternoon tea are included in your registration fee, but you will need to bring your own lunch or buy something nearby. We encourage participants to eat together in the venue, and network.

Parking and transport: Free all-day parking is available across Albert Road in the shopping centre carpark, as well as various streets nearby. Note that the Royal Hobart Show will be in full swing at the showgrounds, but this shouldn’t affect transport or parking in the Moonah area.


About our Presenters


Clare Hallifax is Publishing Manager at Omnibus/Scholastic Australia.

Clare has worked in publishing since 1990. As publishing manager at Scholastic Australia she is both publisher of Omnibus Books, and manager of Scholastic’s digital publishing program.


Alex Adsett, (Alex Adsett Publishing Services) is a literary agent specialising in fiction for all ages, as well as a freelance publishing consultant offering commercial contract advice to authors and publishers.

She has almost twenty years experience working in the publishing and bookselling industry and has managed Alex Adsett Publishing Services since 2008.


Maryann Ballantyne is the publishing director at Melbourne publisher, Black Dog Books, a division of Walker Books. Her career spans more than 25 years in the industry. Maryann is passionate about bringing Australian stories to young readers


Susanne Gervay is author of 14 books for children and young adults. Her younger fiction in the I Am Jack series are rites-of-passage books focusing on school bullying and are widely acclaimed.

Susanne is also regional adviser for SCBWI Australia East New Zealand. She has been awarded an Order of Australia for children’s literature.


Christina Booth is an award-winning author of six, and illustrator of over twenty books. She was awarded a CBCA Honour Book Award for her book, Kip, has won numerous notable Book Awards and the Environment Award for Children’s Literature for her story, Welcome Home.


Tony Flowers is a passionate illustrator with a love of the absurd and the silly. Tony and author Nick Falk are responsible for the ‘Saurus Street’, ‘Billy is a Dragon’, Samurai vs Ninja’ and the “How to..’ series, which have received positive reviews from Speech Pathology Australia and educators of early and reluctant readers.