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January Meet & Greets for SCBWI New England

Attention SCBWI members:

Welcome 2020! And with it, a new listing of Meet & Greets held across New England for January. These are social gatherings where you can mix and mingle with other writers and illustrators. They are organized by sub-region: Northern (Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont), Central (Massachusetts), and Southern (Connecticut and Rhode Island).

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

NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND (Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont)
Central Vermont (Montpelier, VT)
Date: Friday, January 17
Time: 6:00pm–7:00pm (readings immediately following)
Place: Vermont College of Fine Arts — Cafe Anna
Theme: It’s residency time at VCFA and we’ve been invited to join in the festivities. We will meet at the on-campus cafe to gather and socialize, and then attendees are welcome to stay for faculty and guest readings from Deborah Marcero, Cori McCarthy, Jennifer Ziegler, Ann Dávila Cardinal, Charles R. Smith, Jr.
Contact: For questions and to RSVP, please email Shawn Anderson at or Ann Dávila Cardinal at

Metrowest South (Plainville, MA)
Date: Tuesday, January 14
Time: 5:00pm–6:30pm
Place: An Unlikely Story, 111 South St, Plainville, MA (either in the cafe OR on the 2nd story if it’s available when we arrive)
Theme: An informal gathering to meet with other children’s writers and/or illustrators, ask questions and exchange information. All levels welcome!
RSVP: Please RSVP to in order to plan for space

Metro North (Concord, MA)
Date: Friday, January 17
Time: 10:00am–12:00pm (Attendees are welcome to stay for lunch following the gathering.)
Place: Trail’s End Cafe, 97 Lowell Road, Concord, MA, 978-610-6633 — Plenty of free parking spaces
Contact Josephine for any questions. Cell: (949)-861-0271 or Email: PLEASE NOTE: Any last-minute event status change or cancellation (due to weather or any unforeseen emergency) will be posted at 8:00am on the day on Facebook at and Twitter at @WriterJJGow.

Northshore (Salem, MA)
Date: Friday, January 24
Time: 7:00pm–9:00pm
Place: Tavern on the Green at the Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970
Theme: Critique night! If participating, please drop your MS in the shared Google Drive folder one week before this meeting. If you don’t have access to this folder, please contact Pam Cyran at The deadline of one week prior to the meeting date to allow enough time for members to read/review each MS.

Metro Boston Area (Cambridge, MA)
Date: Tuesday, January 28
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.

SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND (Rhode Island and Connecticut)
West Port, CT
Date: Tuesday, January 14
Time: 6:30pm–8:00pm
Place: 190 Main, 190 Main Street, Westport CT (Across from TD Bank, next to Veteran’s Green)
Theme: This is a casual, social event open to all writers and illustrators at all levels.
Contact: Please feel free to invite others. For questions, please email Michaela at

Greater Hartford (Farmington, CT)
Date: Wednesday, January 22
Time: 6:00pm­­–8:30pm
Place: Farmington Public Library, 6 Monteith Dr, Farmington, CT 06032
Theme: Fire up your creative juices for the New Year with meditation to help open new pathways in your writing and energize you moving forward. Tobey Mintz, an instructor of Intuitive Meditation (, will lead our group through guided meditations with ample time for writing and sharing. Please bring your own writing materials. We will gather for a Meet and Greet in the Community Room of Farmington Public Library at 6 PM. The workshop will begin promptly at 6:30.
Contact: Christy Yaros at

Rhode Island (Providence, RI)
Date: Thursday, January 23
Time: 6:00pm–8:00pm
Place: Urban Greens Co-op, 93 Cranston Street, Providence, RI.
Contact: Please RSVP to Jacqueline at — also email if you need any help arranging transportation.