Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

July 2016 Newsletter

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note for a few announcements.


1. New Illustrator Coordinator

I am extremely pleased to announce that Sanne Dufft, a very accomplished illustrator in her own right here in Germany has agreed to fill this very vital role for our region. Already, Sanne has been a huge help in setting up our upcoming Illustrator's Retreat next September (more about that below) and she will be a valued member to our Europolitan team for our upcoming Europolitan conference next spring. 

But enough about that, here's Sanne in her own words:



I'm Sanne. I spent my childhood in Darmstadt (Hessen), studied special needs education in Northern Ireland and art therapy in the South of Germany, stayed at home for some time so my husband could have a career and I could watch my three chldren grow up, and read lots of picture books to them. Until I realized that it was about time to do what I'd always dreamt of doing: To illustrate (and not stop reading picture books)! I was lucky to meet SCBWI, so here I am, working on my second picture book…

You can visit Sanne's website:  to get a closer look.

Please join me in welcoming Sanne to her new role here at SCBWI and to thank her for volunteering her precious time for us!



2. Illustrator Retreat with Jonas Lauströer

Registration is open for our third Illustrator Retreat. Don’t miss this opportunity to join other illustrators from the region for a weekend to focus on your craft. This retreat will be held in both German and English!


GEDICHTE und LIEDER Bilderbuch-Workshop 


„Lieder und Gedichte“ sind das Thema des diesjährigen SCBWI Illustratorenretreat. Wir freuen uns sehr, mit Jonas Lauströer auch in diesem Jahr einen sehr profilierten und erfahrenen Illustratoren zahlreicher Bilder- und auch Sachbücher als Dozenten gewonnen zu haben.

Der Wochenendworkshop findet in diesem Jahr vom 23. bis 25. September in Tübingen statt, wo wir in einem Atelier in  Zentrumsnähe gemeinsam in die künstlerische Arbeit eintauchen wollen.

Übernachtet wird in einem Gästehaus in unmittelbarer Nähe zum Atelier, das Frühstück ist in der Teilnahmegebühr inbegriffen. Für die übrigen Mahlzeiten steht im Gästehaus eine Selbstversorgerküche zur Verfügung. Einige gemütliche Studentenkneipen sind bequem zu Fuß erreichbar.

Anreise ist am Freitag, September 23 bis 18:00 Uhr. Dann wird es nach erstem Kennenlernen und einem gemeinsamen Abendessen einen Einstieg ins Workshopthema stattfinden.

Am Samstag wird dann am Vor- und Nachmittag, am Sonntag am Vormittag intensiv am Thema gearbeitet. In einem inspirierenden Arbeitsumfeld wollen wir gemeinsam gestalterische Ausdrucksmittel erkunden, von Jonas Lauströer und auch voneinander lernen.

Zur Vorbereitung wählen die Teilnehmenden ein Gedicht oder Lied aus, das sie illustrieren wollen, und fertigen drei kleinformatige Skizzen.

Während des Workshops werden dann zuerst mehrere großformatige Skizzen erarbeitet und abschließend eine fertige Illustration. Jonas Lauströer steht während dieser Zeit für Rückmeldung und Tips zur Verfügung.


Illustrator Retreat with Jonas Lauströer


Freitag, September 23 bis Sonntag September 25


"Songs and Poems" is the theme of this year's SCBWI Illustration retreat. We are very pleased to have Jonas Lauströer, a very distinguished and experienced illustrator of numerous picture and even nonfiction books, as faculty. 

The weekend workshop this year is from 23 to 25 September in Tübingen, where we will be immersed together in artistic work in a studio near the city center.

Accommodations will be in the guest house "Haus Albblick" close to the studio, breakfast is included in the registration fee. For the other meals, the guest house has a self-catering kitchen. Some cozy student pubs are within walking distance if wanted.

The retreat starts on Friday at 18:00 with a meet-n-greet followed by a dinner where Jonas will introduce the workshop topic.

All day Saturday and Sunday morning will be dedicated to intensive illustration work. In an inspiring working environment we want to jointly explore creative means of expression, of Jonas Lauströer and learn from each other.

In order to prepare for the workshop, the participants are encouraged to choose a poem or song with the intention to illustrate it and finish three small-format sketches.

During the workshop, several large-format sketches will then be first developed and then worked into a finished artwork. Jonas Lauströer will also be during this time for feedback and tips.


Illustrator's Retreat with Jonas Louströer


Friday September 23 to Sonntag September 25


For more information and to register visit the website:

Or email Sanne at



3. SCBWI Summer BBQ


This annual party is quickly coming up and if you are planning to go, please let us know right away by emailing Catherine at

What: SCBWI Summer BBQ

When: Saturday, August 6 from 3pm – 7pm

Where: Outside Stuttgart. More details will be given out after you contact Catherine

What to Bring: Food to grill and a dish to pass. Drinks will be provided by SCBWI.



I will be on a month-long visit to the US all of August so there won’t be a newsletter next month, but if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email either myself or Sanne.


Wishing you all a wonderful rest of the summer and hope you meet all of your creative goals.

See you in September!