Children's Writers and Illustrators Conference and AGM 2019

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24 Bedford Row

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WC1R 4EH

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Join us for our first Children's Writers and Illustrators Group (CWIG) event in our new Bloomsbury offices – a vibrant day full of discussions around the aftermath of publication, tips for improving your reach, and how to interact with audiences to raise your profile and drive sales.

We will begin by examining the current state of the industry ­– taking in genre sales and what children are actually reading. We then turn to schools: how you can help promote copyright awareness and engage pupils with amazing school visits, residencies and patron schemes. Working with wider audiences, we will tackle events and working relationships within bookshops and how to enthuse bookbuyers from teens to grannies.

Finally, there is such a thing as bad publicity (really!). Understanding that it can be distressing to find yourself criticised on social media, we will debate how to effectively engage with the disgruntled and offended so that you don't lose fans.

All this and plenty of time to swap tips, contacts and socialise with old friends and new.





Programme

10.00 – Registration, tea, coffee and chat

10.30 Welcome and AGM: Shoo Rayner (CWIG Committee Chair) reports on our year so far, takes questions, and hosts the election of a new chair and committee.

11-12.15 Stories and Choices: Egmont’s latest research into children’s reading for pleasure and the children’s book market, with Alison David. Chaired by Daniel Blythe.

12.15-12.30 – Licensing in schools: Julie Murray, CLA. Copyright in schools and how you can assist the development of good practice.

12.30-2.00 – Lunch at The Queen's Head across the road. Julie Murray will be there to answer any further questions, and you can meet the CWIG Committee: Shoo Rayner (Chair), Daniel Blythe, Keren David, Candy Gourlay, Dawn Finch, Curtis Jobling, SF Said and Robin Stevens.

2-2.45pm – The Perfect Visit: Annie Everall (Authors Aloud) with Dawn Finch and Curtis Jobling. Do you feel that you have gone a bit stale and that your visits need a bit of pizazz? Want some new ideas? Not sure what works in schools, bookshops and libraries? Annie, Dawn and Curtis discuss how to do that perfect visit for a variety of ages using fiction, non-fiction and illustrations.

2.45-3.30pm – From Tots to Teens: Award-winning children’s authors, Gillian McClure and Rosemary Hayes, discuss how to engage with those who buy books for children and how to turn children into lifelong readers. Who to approach, what to say to audiences to underline the importance of children’s literature, and how to grab the attention of young people at different ages and stages, whilst safely corresponding with minors in a digital age. Chaired by Candy Gourlay.

3.30-4pm – Break, tea and a natter!

4-5pm – How to Work with Your Bookseller
: How can authors and indies work together to support and promote reading? Tamsin Rosewell (Kenilworth Books) reveal the general challenges and daily decisions taken by booksellers when stocking and promoting titles. Chaired by SF Said.

5-6pm – I’ve Been Shamed, Get Me Out Of Here! How to deal with bad publicity – firestorms, trolls, malicious reviews – and turn it around. Rosi Crawley (Walker), Emma Draude (ED PR), Fritha Lindqvist (Fritha Lindqvist PR) and Ruth Shearn (RMS). Chaired by Keren David.

6pm – Farewell by Shoo Rayner.





Tickets

SoA Early Bird Ticket: £60 (inc VAT) until 1 Sept
SoA Member ticket after 1 September: £70 (inc VAT) from 2 Sept
SoA Guests: £80 (inc VAT)
AGM only (for SoA Members): FREE

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24 Bedford Row

London

WC1R 4EH

United Kingdom

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Refunds up to 30 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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