Past Events: 2002 to 2007

This is where we will list SCBWI Philippines news and events. It will take some time for us to organize them, we hope they’ll all be here next time you drop by.

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2007 May 26, Saturday
A SCBWI Day with John Shelley
For those who illustrate, or want to illustrate, for children and young adults
British Council, 10F Taipan Place, Emerald Avenue, Pasig City

“Wonderful, wonderful speaker. John Shelley rocks!” (Jill Arwen Posadas)

Photo, left to right: British Council Director Andrew Picken giving the Welcome Remarks, SCBWI Regional Advisor Beaulah Taguiwalo standing by to introduce the SCBWI and John Shelley, Assistant Regional Advisor Dominique Torres (Nikki) manning the sign-up table (seated, extreme right). More pictures, and more participants’ comments, below. (All photos by Mark Taguiwalo).

More photos below: John’s slideshow, starting with his British roots and background. A display of John’s books. John and rapt listeners during the portfolio critique – (left to right) Beaulah, Liza, Nikki, Pepper, and Neni (seated). Karina engrossed in a quiet corner. John with St. Benilde students. John with his sketchbook, and with Robert. Various other shots taken during the character and story development session and the portfolio critiques.

We asked people what they liked best about the event, here’s what they said:

“Everything. It was very well planned and executed. Wonderful, wonderful speaker. John Shelley rocks!” (Jill Arwen Posadas)

“The portfolio critique was one of the highlights, whether it was shared or [just] my own. We learned so much!” (Mariel Vera Go)

“Interesting presentation – history of children’s illustrations; the venue; the hands-0n workshop session.” (Neni Sta. Romana Cruz)

“I enjoyed the whole event! The lecture part was very informative. The activity/workshop part was challenging – an effective way to get illustrators to create/write their own stories. The portfolio review was also very helpful – wonderful insights!” (Liza Flores)

“John Shelley was very obliging, and it was an honor to meet him.” (Christina Torres)

“The discussion of British illustration history… the best! I suddenly developed a fascination for ‘old style’ illustration.” (Wilford Almoro)

“The workshop gave me a clearer idea of the creative process that goes into illustrating and writing a children’s book. I’m a total newbie in the field, and I am leaving the workshop totally inspired. Totally worth the time and the trip!” (Monette Olivera Pangan)

“The challenge of putting together a storyboard was an adventure for me. The personal history plus illustrators history was an extreme delight. I appreciate what the organizers put together for this workshop. Thank you!” (Teresita Mapua)

About John Shelley:

Born in Birmingham (UK) and now based internationally, John Shelley is a widely published artist. He works internationally for publishers in both East and West and has knowledge and experience about illustration in Europe and Japan. He studied at Bournville School of Art, then illustration at Manchester Polytechnic under children’s illustrator Tony Ross.

He worked freelance in London from 1983, then moved to Tokyo in 1987 where he became established for commercial illustration. He also continued with children’s books. In fact, his first major picture book “The Secret in the Matchbox” (1988) was shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award and received a Parent’s Choice Award in the US.

His publishers include Tokuma Shoten, Hyoronsha, Fukuinkan Shoten, Front Street, Scholastic, Andersen Press, and others. He is a member of JAGDA (Japan Graphic Designer’s Association), PBAA (Picture Book Artists Association), and is a Board member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Visit his website at http://www.jshelley.com

John Shelley’s books include:

Nasty!
Michael Rosen, Author
John Shelley, Illustrator

Boat in the Tree
Tim Wynne-Jones, Author
John Shelley, Author/Illustrator

MVP: Magellan Voyage Project
Douglas Evans, Author
John Shelley, Illustrator

The Secret in the Matchbox
Val Willis, Author
John Shelley, Illustrator

The Mystery in the Bottle
Val Willis, Author
John Shelley, Illustrator

King Smelly Feet
Hiawyn Oram, Author
John Shelley, Illustrator

Bella Baxter and the Itchy Disaster
Jane B. Mason, Author
Sarah Hines Stephens, Author
John Shelley, Illustrator

Night Eyes
Peter Ward, Author
John Shelley, Illustrator

Bella Baxter and the Lighthouse Mystery
Jane B. Mason, Author
Sarah Hines Stephens, Author
John Shelley, Illustrator

Get Lavinia Goodbody!
Roger Collinson, Author
John Shelley, Illustrator

I Wish I Could Be a Ballerina
Rosie McCormick, Author
John Shelley, Illustrator

Fatbag: The Demon Vacuum Cleaner
Jeremy Strong, Author
John Shelley, Illustrator

And many others.

* Meet John Shelley http://www.jshelley.com/prof.html
* John’s children’s books http://www.jshelley.com/child.html
* John’s other artwork http://www.childrensillustrators.com/illustrator.cgi/John
* John’s homepage http://www.jshelley.com

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2006 November 11, Saturday
Joy Flies in the Philippines!
A writing workshop with Alice McLerran
Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati, Metro Manila

Photos, top to bottom: Alice and Beaulah signing copies of their new books.

Alice at one of the tables during the group critiques.

Nikki, Beaulah and Alice have a quick early morning meeting before everyone else arrives.

(Photos by Mark Taguiwalo).

Alice McLerran was in Asia on her way to China when she took a side trip to Manila to be our speaker and writing workshop facilitator.

Listening to Alice talk about her life and her career as a writer, some of us were happy to realize that we were bona fide writers even before someone one else told us we were. And not only that, some of us also realized that we already knew what publishing was, much earlier than we thought. We did it when we were children and wrote stories, drew pictures, made copies of what we created, and gave them  friends and family.

When we broke up into groups for writing exercises, Alice was generous with her time and attention. She made sure that she sat down with us, listened to what we talked about, told us what she thought, and answered our questions.

As our final session for the day , we had a book launching of Alice’s new books. They are the six Philippine language versions of her storyThe Mountain That Loved A Bird, previously illustrated by Eric Carle. The newly released versions are in English (Philippine edition), Filipino, Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, Iloko, and Cebuano. All six Philippine editions are illustrated by Beaulah Pedregosa Taguiwalo.

Dominique Garde Torres (Nikki) has more stories about this event here.

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2006 July 15, Saturday
Historical Fiction for Children and Young Adults
A writing workshop with Chris Eboch
Orchid Garden Hotel, Malate, Metro Manila

Read the report by Dominique Garde Torres here.

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2006 March 7, Saturday
A Gathering of Illustrators
Talk and portfolio critiques by NY art agent Mela Bolinao
Makati, Metro Manila

Photos, top to bottom: Mela talking about her work as an art agent in New York with Nikki taking notes at her left; Mela looking at portfolios; Mela giving comments to individual artists; Mela chatting with Beaulah. (Photos by Mark Taguiwalo)

Nikki wrote: On March 7, 2006, from 5:30 to 9:30 in the evening, the SCBWI hosted a Gathering of Illustrators. Our speaker for the evening was Mela Bolinao, a Filipino American who is also a New York based illustrators’ agent with 11 years experience, specializing in children’s books. She critiqued portfolios and gave a brief talk on the art and craft of putting together a portfolio.

“I finally understood a few things that I knew beforehand but only in theory. For example: have a distinct signature style,” says Beaulah. All the artists who were there were eager to hear what Mela had to say. We’ve heard it many times, and read it in numerous FAQs—the do’s and don’ts in preparing your portfolio. It was something else, however, to hear it again right there, face to face, from an honest to goodness artist agent.

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2005 March 5, Saturday
Writing for Teenagers & Young Adults
A writing workshop with Deborah Ellis
Museo Pambata Roxas Boulevard, Manila

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2004 April 30, Saturday
Focus on Picture Books
Writers, illustrators, book reviewers, publishers
RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue, Makati, Metro Manila

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2003 May 17, Saturday
Postmodern Picture Books
A seminar by Neni Sta. Romana Cruz
RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue, Makati, Metro Manila

Photo: Neni Sta. Romana Cruz, our resource speaker. She is, among other things, a children’s author, a book reviewer, a regular contributor to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and the Head of the Children’s Media Center at International School Manila.

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2002 November 16, Saturday
The Art & Business of Writing for Children & Young Adults
A writing workshop with Jen McVeity
International School Manila, Fort Bonifacio Global City

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2002 January 6, Saturday
Meet the author Jo Kittinger
AIM Conference Center, Makati, Metro Manila
Our very first SCBWI event in the Philippines!

Photo, seated left to right: Abi Goy, Liza Flores, Jo Kittinger. Standing, left to right: May Tobias, Fran Ng, Isa Saplala, a colleague whose name escapes us at the moment, Ani Almario, Ouie Badelles, SCBWI Regional Advisor Beaulah Pedregosa Taguiwalo, Lin Flores, Neni Sta. Romana Cruz, Anette Flores Garcia, Nikki Torres, Carla Pacis, and Krip Yuson. (If anyone can help us with the name of our colleague in the fourth row, fourth from the left, please email us at scbwiphilippines@gmail.com)

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