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Full List of SCBWI Meet & Greets for December

Attention SCBWI members:

Earlier this month, I sent Meet & Greets for the first days of December. Here is the complete list for Meet & Greets across New England for December (Please scroll down the list to the bottom for newly added gatherings).

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

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

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

Boston IBPOC Meet & Greet (Boston, MA)
Date: Thursday, December 5
Time: 7:00pm–9:00pm
Place: Trident Booksellers and Café 338 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02115
Theme: This is a casual meetup for children’s writers and/or illustrators who identify as Indigenous, Black, and/or People of Color (IBPOC). Other IBPOC children’s literature professionals are invited and welcome as well, though this will not be a pitching event.
Contact: For questions, please email Amitha Knight at

Upper Valley – New Hampshire (Lebanon, NH)
Date: Thursday, December 5
Time: 6:30pm–8:00pm
Place: Lebanon Salt Hill (in the Galway Room or in the main pub), 2 W Park St, Lebanon, NH 03766
Theme: This is a casual social gathering to discuss all things writing, illustrating, and publishing. Feel free to spread the word to all writers and illustrators in the area.
Contact: Please RSVP to Emma at, so that we can plan for space.

Rhode Island (Providence, RI)
Date: Thursday, December 5
Time: 6:00pm–8:00pm
Place: Urban Greens Co-op, 93 Cranston Street, Providence, RI.
Contact: Please RSVP to Jacqueline at

Boston Metro North (Concord, MA)
Date: Friday, December 6
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.**

Metro Boston Area (Cambridge, MA)
Date: Tuesday, December 17
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.

NEW MEET & GREETS for the rest of the month!
North of Boston (Salem, MA)
Date: Friday, December 13
Time: 7:00pm–9:00pm
Location: Tavern on the Green at the Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970
Theme: Come share your goals for 2020 or just relax and have a drink with your writer and illustrator neighbors.

Greater Hartford (Simsbury, CT)
Date: Wednesday, December 18
Time: 6:00pm–9:30pm
Place: The Storyteller’s Cottage, 750 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury CT
Theme: Join us for some food, drinks, a book swap, and great company! Please bring a wrapped book that you love to swap. You may also bring appetizers, desserts, and drinks to share.
Contact: Christy Yaros at for any questions.

North of Boston (Reading, MA)
Date: Monday, December 30
Time: 6:30pm–8:30pm
Place: Bunratty Tavern, 620 Main St, Reading, MA
Theme: Writers and Illustrators of all genres and levels are invited to meet up, get motivated and make more room for writing and art in the new year! We will be raffling off some literary-inspired 2020 calendars created by Cindy Adelle Richard at to those in attendance. Stop in for a pint and make it a point to write and create in 2020!
Contact: Colleen Getty of The Room to Write at for any questions. RSVPs are always welcome but not required. Hope to see you there!