Yesterday was a bumper SCBWI meeting attended by almost 50 members and non-members. We meet four times a year at La Notte Restaurant in Lygon St Carlton in inner Melbourne. Speakers included Wendy Orr who talked about the process from book to film for her story, Nim’s Island and Karen Tayleur shared the travelling from idea through manuscript to book for her latest YA novel, ‘6’. Karen, until recently wearing dual hats of editor and writer, was able to provide an insight into the unseen, showing us the pitch, the ideas before the idea for the cover and other secret publishing business. Okay not secret, but parts of the process that we’re not all as familiar with.

We also used the opportunity to present Glenda Millard with her Crystal Kite Award, a new peer-judged award for her novel ‘A Small Free Kiss in the Dark’.

Krista Bell and Gabi Wang talked about the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust and encouraged all to apply for Fellowships for 2012. They said that the Fellowships had been announced for 2011 but that applications for 2012 would open in March.