Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

February Meet & Greets

Attention SCBWI members:

Mark your calendars! We already announced the Meet & Greets for this first week of February, but here is the complete list of gatherings that are scheduled for the month.

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


SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND (Rhode Island and Connecticut)

Western Connecticut (Bethel, CT)

THIS IS A NEW MEET & GREET — you’ve been asking and now we have an organizer!!!
Date: Wednesday, February 5
Time: 7:00pm–8:30pm
Place: Molten Java Coffee House, 213 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT.
Theme: No agenda. Just get to know each other! 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 Joyce at, so that we can plan for space.


NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND (Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont)

Upper Valley – New Hampshire (Lebanon, NH)

Date: Thursday, February 6
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: Let’s chat about any writing goals for 2020!
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.

Northeast Kingdom, Vermont (Danville, VT)
Date: Thursday, February 13
Time: 6:00pm–8:00pm
Place: Goodfella’s Restaurant & Tavern, 59 Parker Rd., Danville, VT 05828 (right off Rt. 2)
Theme: New year progress and pre-Valentine’s Day gathering
Contact: Please RSVP to Shawn Anderson at or Marilyn McDowell at, so that we can plan for space.

Southern Maine (Portland, ME)
Date: Monday, February, 24
Time: 5:00pm–7:00pm
Place: 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 North Boston (Concord, MA)
Date: Friday, February 14, 2020
Time: 9:45am–12:00pm (We start sharp at 10:00am.)
Place: Trail’s End Café, 97 Lowell Road, Concord, MA, 978-610-6633 — Plenty of free parking spaces
Contact: Call or email Josephine for any questions at (949)-861-0271 or
Please Note:  Any last-minute event status (change or cancellation due to weather or any unforeseen emergency) will be posted at 8 am of the day on Facebook and Twitter: @WriterJJGow
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Northshore (Salem, MA)
Date: Friday, February 21
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, February 25
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.