New England members get their local information from the longest continuously-running regional website in all of SCBWI. In 1998, Regional Coordinator Linda Crotta Brennan approached Jan Kozlowski about starting a website for our region. Jan had received her Website Design Certificate in 1996 and agreed to set up a basic site so that members of the region would be able to find information, communicate effectively, and in general, make even better use of their SCBWI memberships.
The website went into development in August 1998 and was launched on January 26, 1999. It was designed using HTML and was a simple two-column style that featured pages for Announcements, Critique Groups, Illustrators, the Regional Newsletter, Links, Regional Events, a NE-SCBWI Contact List, and individual pages for retreats and conferences. The website proved to be a popular resource, and Jan continued to add features and links.
In September 2000, after following some of the early web logs by Moira Allen and Crawford Killian, Jan Kozlowski decided to begin NE-SCBWI Web Log: Jan’s Internet Tidbits, Writing Links and Miscellaneous Items of Interest. (At that time, the word “blog” didn’t exist.) Since there was no blogging software available, each time Jan posted an entry she had to update the HTML code on the website.
In October 2001, Greg Fishbone presented Jan and the RAs with a proposal to update and expand the website. Since Greg’s educational background and knowledge of new software applications and technologies far surpassed Jan’s skills, she was happy to pass the torch to someone who could take the website into the twenty-first century.
Greg officially became the Webmaster in January 2002 and continued in that position until 2018. During Greg’s tenure, Greg redesigned the website several times. By 2009, keeping the site current had become such an important and time-consuming task that Anindita Basu Sempere stepped in to assist Greg with updating and maintaining the site.
In 2013, the New England regional web pages moved to their current home in the newengland subdomain of the worldwide SCBWI.org website.
Shirley Pearson took over the webmaster position in 2018.
- Jan Kozlowski 1998-2001
- Greg Fishbone 2002-2018
- Shirley Pearson 2018-