The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
SCBWI is the peak organisation for children’s authors and illustrators worldwide.
There are two chapters in Australia and New Zealand:
- SCBWI Australia West (including Western Australia and the Northern Territory)
- SCBWI Australia East and NZ
writingWA is the peak body for writing and associated activities in Western Australia. writingWA celebrates the achievements of our literary creators, provides a range of services to support emerging practitioners, and strives to bring West Australian writing to new audiences throughout this State and beyond.
The Australian Society Of Authors (ASA)
The ASA is the peak body in Australia representing authors and illustrators. They set minimum rates of pay and conditions for writers and illustrators; publish guides for emerging and established authors; maintain a trust fund to defend the rights of copyright holders; and lobby governments at all levels to promote authors and illustrators’ professional interests. They also do much more; see the ASA website for information on how to join.
The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA)
The CBCA is a volunteer run, non-profit organisation that was established in 1945. It organises the annual CBCA Book Awards in various categories.
The Literature Centre
The Literature Centre (formerly Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre) is unique – a place to nurture young people’s interest in reading and writing, using innovative techniques to explore and interpret literature. Uniquely located within the walls of the Old Fremantle Prison, it is the only centre of its kind in Australia.
The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)
IBBY is a non-profit organization which helps to build bridges to international understanding through children’s books. IBBY is committed to the principles of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by the United Nations in 1990.
The Lu Rees Archives
The Lu Rees Archives is a comprehensive collection of books and other resources about authors, illustrators, publishers and their creative works. The collection includes over 25,000 books, with some 3000 of these in overseas translations in 53 languages, over 420 research files, and significant collections of authors’, illustrators’ and publishers’ papers, manuscripts and artwork. The resources are publicly available, and visitors are welcome during opening hours.
Some other Author/Illustrator websites to visit