Society of
Children's Book Writers
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November Meet & Greets!

Hello New England SCBWI members!

It’s time to start thinking about pumpkins, mums, and turkey! There’s a crispness creeping into the air, making it a great time for writing, reading, and gathering with other writers and illustrators. Here’s a list of the Meet & Greets assembling throughout New England this November.

*Please note, not every locale hosts an event every month. Many not scheduled this month with happen later in the fall. If you have questions, please contact the individual responsible for that specific event.

If you are interested in starting a Meet & Greet near you, please contact either Kris at or Shawn at

Unless specifically requested, RSVPs are not required. Contact information is provided primarily for questions.

Hope to see you at one of the Meet & Greets below.
Shawn Anderson
ARA SCBWI – Northern New England


Rhode Island (Warwick, RI)
Date: Thursday, November 8
Time: 6-9 pm
Place: Brewed Awakenings, 1316 Bald Hill Rd, Warwick, RI 02886
Theme: NANOWRIMO Writing Session
Bring your laptop, notebook, or whatever inspires you to create! First timers or seasoned writers, join us to get a jump on your word count. Electricity and WiFi are available, along with food and drink for purchase.
Contact: Please RSVP to Rachel at so I can hold a table!

Southern Maine (South Portland, ME)
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Venue: South Portland Main Library (482 Broadway, South Portland)
Theme: Speaker is Ellen Pyle, currently the Sales Representative for 45 independent bookstores in ME, NH, NY, and VT. Previously, she was a Sales Director in New York for Macmillan. She’s watched and been a part of the development and growth of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and Bloomsbury Children’s books. She’ll talk about the trends and needs in children’s lit that she sees and hears about as she visits bookstores.
Contact: Darlene Sigda Ivy at

Northeast Kingdom & Central Vermont (Danville, VT)
Date: Tuesday, November 13
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Venue: Goodfella’s Restaurant & Tavern, 59 Parker Rd., Danville, VT 05828 (right off Rt. 2)
Theme: This is a casual, social gathering for writers and illustrators of all levels and genres.
Contact: Please RSVP to Shawn Anderson at or Marilyn McDowell at, so that we can plan for space.

Greater Hartford, CT Area (West Hartford, CT)
Date: Thursday, November 15th
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Place: West Hartford CT, exact location will be announced later
Theme: Online presence: social media and blogging
Contact: Juliana Mills at
After: Noah Webster Library does not allow food in their meeting rooms, but they do allow covered beverages. For those staying afterwards, we can always move onto somewhere that serves food if people are hungry and continue the conversation over coffee or a glass of wine.

Boston Metro North (Concord, MA)
Date: November 16, 2018, Friday
Time: 9:30am–12:30pm
Place: Trail’s End Café, 97 Lowell Road, Concord, MA
Plenty of free parking spaces
Theme: We’ll write first then socialize from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Contact: Josephine at

North Metro West (Littleton, MA)
Date: Thursday, November 20th
Time: 7:30-8:30pm
Place: Tavern in the Square in Littleton, MA
Theme: This is a social gathering for writers and illustrators of all levels and genres
Contact: Kris Asselin,

Maine (Portland, ME)
Date: Monday, November 26
Time: 5:00pm–7:00pm
Venue: LFK, 188 State St. #A, Portland, ME
Contact: Please RSVP to Russ Cox at so he can plan for a big enough table.
Theme: This is a casual, social event open to all writers and illustrators at all levels.

Metro Boston Area (Cambridge, MA)
Date: Tuesday, November 27
Time: 9:30am–12:30pm
Place: Cornerstone Village Cohousing, 175 Harvey St., Cambridge, MA 02140
Contact: Jenise Aminoff,
Theme: This is a co-working meeting—we’ll spend the first half hour talking about our current work, then spend the rest of our time WORKING. Light refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring a lunch with you. If you’re not a Cambridge resident, a parking consideration will allow you to park on adjacent streets, but we are also on the bike path, very close to the Alewife T station