Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

New and Needed Meet & Greets

News from Shawn Anderson, ARA North.

You asked, and we listened!

Based on email responses to Meet & Greet emails and Facebook posts, we have some new locations prepping to host SCBWI social gatherings later in the summer and into early fall. In addition to the regular events that reoccur across our region (please note: some of your favorites are on hiatus until September), here’s a sneak peek at what’s on the horizon for new Meet & Greets in New England:

The Upper Valley Region of New Hampshire

We have an organizer. We have secured a venue. We’re working on dates and times. Look for more information regarding this Meet & Greet in late August. It will likely launch in September.

Western Connecticut, finally!

Connecticut has one of the most active Meet & Greet communities in New England with multiple reoccurring gatherings. However, we get numerous monthly emails requesting meetings on the western side of the state. I’m happy to announce that we have an organizer in place and we are working on nailing down the logistics.

North Shore of Massachusetts

We recently had Meet & Greets in Rockport and Salem. We are looking to continue to grow engagement in this area, so look for new meetings coming in the future.

North Country/Littleton, New Hampshire

A new member has stepped up to take this on as a project, and together, we are actively looking for the right spot to host it. Stay tuned for more details.

There are still some corners of New England that we are trying to better serve. Based on feedback, we currently looking for organizers in the following areas:

Maine (beyond the Portland area; preferably midcoast)
Tilton/Laconia and Concord in New Hampshire
Keene NH/Brattleboro VT/Western MA area

Opportunities to relaunch popular Meet & Greets

In the past, we’ve had wonderful Meet & Greets in Northampton, MA and Portsmouth, NH. We still get emails from members asking when these will start back up. To get these reinstated, we need volunteers to help organize them. A new, exciting opportunity!

We recently had Blue Bunny Books/Mocha Java Expresso Bar and Café contact us, expressing interest in being a location for future Meet & Greets in Dedham, MA. All that we need is someone to say YES to organizing it and working with the bookstore/café to get it off the ground. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with a fabulous indie bookstore. Any takers?

Are you interested hosting or attending any of these, or a Meet & Greet of your own? Contact Shawn at, and we can help get you started.