Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

November Meet & Greets

Attention SCBWI members:

Happy November gatherings! Here are the Meet & Greets that are currently scheduled across New England for the month.

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

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

This is a list of the Meet & Greets currently scheduled in November. Look for a new listing of Meet & Greets at the end of the month.

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

We hope to see you at one of these events!
Shawn Anderson
Co-Regional Advisor SCBWI
Northern New England

Upper Valley, New Hampshire (West Lebanon, NH)
Date: Thursday, November 7
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Place: Kilton Library at 80 Main Street, West Lebanon, NH. This Meet & Greet will be in the CONFERENCE Room, not the Community Room due to a library program.
Theme: All are welcome to briefly discuss what’s been going on in their writing/illustrating lives. Anyone doingNaNoWriMo? Anyone meet any promising editors or agents? Around 7:15pm we’ll discuss the possibility of changing the library venue to a local bar or restaurant. If you have thoughts about this (or suggestions as to where to meet in the Upper Valley) please attend. 7:30-8:00 will be more small-group/one-on-one chats.
Food & Drink: Feel free to bring yourself a drink and a small snack to share
Contact: If you have questions, contact Emma at

Boston Metro North (Concord, MA)
Date: Friday, November 8
Time: 10:00am–12:00pm (Welcome to stay for lunch)
Place: Trail’s End Café, 97 Lowell Road, Concord, MA
Plenty of free parking spaces
Theme: We’ll write first, then socialize and critique (feel free to bring your project or work to share)
Contact: Please contact Anne Tong ( and Kathy Cryan-hicks ( for any questions.
**PLEASE NOTE: This is a recurring Meet & Greets that gathers on the 3rd Friday of each month (except for November and December), so mark your calendar and make this a regular event. The group will resume online critique sessions in January 2020. Stay tuned.**

New Haven, CT
Date: Wednesday, November 13
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Place: Book Trader Cafe,1140 Chapel St #4843, New Haven, CT 06511
Contact: If you have questions, please contact Joyce Johnson at

North Shore of Massachusetts (Salem, MA)
Date: Friday, November 15
Time: 7:00pm–9:00pm
Place: Tavern on the Green at Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970
Theme: Discussion on drafting and submitting queries, finding the right agents to submit queries to, and handling rejections.
Contact: Email Pamela at with any questions.

Greater Hartford Area (Glastonbury, CT)
Date: Wednesday, November 20
Time: 6:30pm–8:30pm
Theme: Join Eileen Washburn, Beth Vrabel, Jenna Grodzicki, Janet Lawler, and Jill Dailey to chat about tips/tricks and ways to energize author visits.
Place: River Bend Bookstore, 2217 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033
Contact: RSVP to Christy Yaros, so we can plan for space.

Northeast Kingdom & Central Vermont (Danville, VT)
Date: Thursday, November 21
Time: 6:00pm–8:00pm
Place: Goodfella’s Restaurant & Tavern, 59 Parker Rd., Danville, VT 05828 (right off Rt. 2)
Theme: This is an informal gathering to share publishing news, conference plans, and writing, illustrating, and NaNoWriMo progress.
Contact: Please RSVP to Shawn Anderson at or Marilyn McDowell at, so that we can plan for space.

Metro Boston Area (Cambridge, MA)
Date: Tuesday, November 26
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. PLEASE NOTE: This is a recurring Meet & Greet that usually gathers on the 4th Tuesday of each month, BUT the next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 17 (instead of December 24).