Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Regional Conferences History


Kelly Fineman, Jo Knowles, Kevin Slattery, Laura Hamor, and Laura Jaques take time out from the 2009 conference for a quick shot.

Jane Yolen was the force behind the New England Region’s annual children’s literature conference from 1973 to 1981. The event included a keynote speaker, panels of authors, and a presentation by an illustrator. At lunch, each table was presided over by a published author, illustrator, or editor, so that every attendee could have a personal conversation with an established member of the publishing industry. Today, SCBWI groups all around the globe have adopted this practice, which Jane first instituted.

In 1982, with input from Jane Yolen, Masha Rudman of UMASS, Amherst’s School of Education planned the first Perspectives in Children’s Literature Conference, which was geared toward educators. The UMASS Perspectives in Children’s Literature conference continued until Masha’s retirement in 2007.

In 1987, Margaret Ribaroff and other SCBW volunteers organized an all-day conference at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. The SCBW(I) New England Conference has continued to be offered annually ever since. Today, the weekend-long event serves approximately five hundred attendees, making it one of the largest SCBWI conferences run by volunteers.

Year Coordinator Theme/Program Location
1987 Margaret Ribaroff Getting Your Children’s Book Published Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
1988 Susan Aller Children’s Books: The Creative Process Hartford College for Women, Hartford, CT
1989 Ellen C. Kenney Fact, Fantasy, Fiction Springfield College, Springfield, MA
1990 Betsy Hanscom The Working Life Lewiston-Auburn College, Lewisaton, ME
1991 Eileen Pettingil Listening to a Different Drummer New Hampshire Technical Center, Concord, NH
1992 Mary Brigid Barrett Drawing from the Child Within Dean Junior College, Franklin, MA
1993 Don Gallo Changing Voices: Influences & Inspirations Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
1994 Jessie Haas Are We There Yet? The Creative Journey Brattleboro Union High School, Brattleboro, VT
1995 Kathi Benner Duble Put It in Writing Masconomet Regional High School, Topsfield, MA
1996 Laurie Smith Murphy Listen to the Children Coventry High School, Coventry, RI
1997 Jennifer A. Ericsson Balancing Our Many Roles The Center of New Hampshire, Manchester, NH
1998 Marilyn Salerno Celebrating Our Common Wealth Sheraton Tara, Framingham, MA
1999 Pegi Dietz Shea Nuts & Bolts; Books Everlasting Quality Inn Conference Center, Vernon, CT
2000 Toni Buzzeo The Artist’s Life Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland, ME
2001 J.L. Bell Nuts & Bolts; To Market, To Market Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, MA
2002 Linda Crotta Brennan Tilting at Windmills: The Quest for Excellence Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, MA
2003 Jenn Costas Nuts & Bolts; Drawing for Childhood
Crowne Plaza, Nashua, NH
2004 J.L. Bell Vision and Revision; Novel Revision Retreat


Crowne Plaza, Nashua, NH
2005 Sally Riley, Melissa Stewart Nuts & Bolts; Home Is Where You Start From: Writing and Illustrating from your Core; A New Way of Seeing: A Picture Book Retreat Crowne Plaza, Nashua, NH
2006 Melissa Stewart, Sally Riley, Janet Arden A Work in Progress: Honing Your Craft; Finding True North: A Retreat
Crowne Plaza, Nashua, NH
2007 Marilyn Salerno, Francine Puckly Magic of Words and Pictures


Crowne Plaza, Nashua, NH
2008 Francine Puckly, Anna Boll, Janet Arden
Stretch Your Wings
Crowne Plaza, Nashua, NH
2009 Anna Boll, Anindita Basu Sempere
Many Voices
Crowne Plaza, Nashua, NH
2010 Anindita Basu Sempere, Greg Fishbone
Moments of Change Courtyard Marriott, Fitchburg, MA
2011 Greg Fishbone, Marilyn Salerno, Kathryn Hulick
Celebrating Milestones
Courtyard Marriott, Fitchburg, MA
2012 Kathryn Hulick, Joyce Shor Johnson, Marilyn
Keeping It Real
Sheraton Monarch Place, Springfield, MA
2013 Joyce Shor Johnson, Kristine Carlson Asselin, Marilyn Salerno
Word by Word: The Art of Craft
Sheraton Monarch Place, Springfield, MA
2014 Kristine Carlson Asselin, Natasha Sass, Marilyn Salerno
Create Bravely: Make Your Mark
Sheraton Monarch Place, Springfield, MA
2015 Natasha Sass, Heather Kelly, Marilyn Salerno
Think Outside the Crayon Box!
Sheraton Monarch Place, Springfield, MA
2016 Heather Kelly, Josh Funk, Marilyn Salerno
Sheraton Monarch Place, Springfield, MA
2017 Josh Funk, Sera Rivers, Marilyn Salerno
Expand & Diversify Your Portfolio
Sheraton Monarch Place, Springfield, MA
2018 Sera Rivers, Loretta Kapinos, Marilyn Salerno
Dream. Explore. Create.
Sheraton Monarch Place, Springfield, MA