Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Zoom Socials

New England SCBWI 2021

Virtual Voyage: Finding Joy in the Journey

Friday, April 30, 2021 – Sunday, May 2, 2021 (EST)

Socials Breakout Rooms

Zoom Client Information

Throughout Saturday, May 1, the conference will have a dedicated meet-up Zoom, with break-out rooms for social mingling between attendees.

The link to the Social was sent to all registered attendees. You can also find it in Attendee Packet (Zoom Links and Handouts).

The Mingles main room will also double as our event reception area, so if you have questions please stop by and check in with the Zoom hosts.

Individual breakout rooms will not be moderated. By joining you agree to follow the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. Please contact the Zoom Host if any issues arise in a breakout room.



Socials Breakout Rooms

Rooms will include:
New Members, Picture Books, Middle Grade, YA, Illustrators, BIPOC, and by state rooms, as well as open-themed spaces such as Shirley’s Coffee Shop, the MVP Pub, the Spaceport, the Witch’s Brew Teahouse, the Ball Pit, and the Dragon’s Lair.

Attendees are welcome to drop in anytime! Come and ask questions, meet new friends, plan a time to catch up with old friends, or use these spaces to carry on chat box discussions from the workshops.

There will also be a number of scheduled meet-ups:

  • Saturday May 1, 2:00–2:30pm: Picture Books, Middle Grade, YA, Illustrators
  • Saturday May 1, 2:30–3:00pm: By state
  • Saturday May 1, 3:00–3:30pm: BIPOC and an opportunity to chat to the New England Equity & Inclusion Committee



Zoom Client

You MUST have the Zoom client downloaded and updated to the newest version (5.6.4) to get the full experience of the socials. Picking your own breakout room does not work if you log in through your browser. If you choose to join without downloading, you will have to wait for a moderator to put you in the room you want. You can download here. You can see how to check what version you have here.

You can test your camera and audio by going here.

Zoom also has excellent technical support and can help you figure out any issues you may be having. Conference volunteers will not have a lot of time to help with personal technical issues during the conference.


Another great feature with the Zoom client is the ability to add contacts and chat in the app.

Zoom client chat feature

So if you get the email address a friend uses to log into Zoom, you can add them as a contact.


You can even make channels with groups of people.

Zoom channels

Then you can chat and hop into Zoom meetings with your contacts or channels. No need to wait for a social!