Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

**NEW DATE** Online Meet-up: An Interview on Two Paths to Publishing

Date(s) - 27/01/2021
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


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Join us on Wednesday, January 27 at 19:30 for an interview with SCBWI Benelux members Ruth Erica and Hollis Kurman, who both recently celebrated their debut book releases.

Hear about their individual journeys from idea to publication, how they are approaching publicity in a pandemic, and other words of advice they can offer to their fellow writers.

This online event is free for members and non-members, but registration is required. You will receive a link to the Zoom event closer to the event.


Hollis Kurman

Hollis is a children’s writer and poet. Her debut picture book, Hello! A Counting Book of Kindnesses (Otter-Barry Books, UK)/ Iedereen Telt Mee! (Rubinstein, NL) will be published in eight countries in 2020-21. The book is illustrated by Barroux and endorsed by Amnesty International.

Her poems, one nominated for a Pushcart Prize, have been published in multiple journals.  Among other roles, Hollis is also contributing Editor on the Board of Barrow Street Books and member of the Board of Trustees of Save the Children NL. Originally from New York, Hollis lives in Amsterdam.  Website:; Instagram: holliskurman_writer; Twitter @HollisKurman


Ruth Erica

As a child, Ruth wanted to write about Africa. On August 28, her dream came true. Her debut De boom met de bittere bladeren (The Tree with Bitter Leaves) was published by Lemniscaat.

This YA novel is set in Rwanda and deals with the genocide and the fine line between perpetrators and victims. The story is told from the view of 17-year-old Maridadi, who was very young when these events took place. For this story, Ruth was inspired by her study of cultural anthropology, and many trips to Africa for her work in development cooperation. She has frequently blogged about her journey from idea to book at You can also find Ruth at: and