New England was home to the first-ever SCBWI critique group, and still hosts the world’s longest continually-running SCBWI critique group. SCBWI Critique Groups are held, usually on a monthly basis, in communities throughout each region. Some groups meet in libraries; others, in homes. Each group is unique, shaped by the talents of the Critique Group Representative and the participants. An online list of SCBWI Critique Groups is updated frequently, and the New England Critique Groups Coordinator is available to help and advise prospective representatives on adding new critique groups to our network. New England SCBWI Critique Groups may also apply for grants to run small, local programs. Please send your questions or suggestions to our New England Critique Group Coordinators:
Rajani LaRocca, Central New England (MA)
Sally Wilkins, Northern New England (NH, ME, VT)
Cindy Rodriguez, Southern New England (CT, RI)
The New England SCBWI Listserv is a great way to keep in touch with other members who have similar interests. It’s also a great way to network, to find out about upcoming events and opportunities and changes in both SCBWI and the publishing industry in general. The New England SCBWI Listserv is available to SCBWI members from anywhere in the world. Most announcements are about events in New England, but in our discussions we value the experience of all writers and illustrators for children. An email list, or listserv, is a way of communicating with a group of people via email. Instead of sending an email to one person and then seeing his or her reply, you can send an email to every member of the mailing list at once. These messages will be seen or received only by other members of the group–in this case, only SCBWI members who have subscribed.
The New England NEWS, the bi-monthly newsletter of our three regions, is the longest continually-published SCBWI regional newsletter. For more about the history of The NEWS, click here. Each issue of The New England NEWS carries pertinent articles, announcements of classes, art shows, competitions, publishers needs and activities throughout the area. The achievements of our members are also highlighted, and your contributions are welcomed and encouraged. In an often lonely and isolating business, The NEWS is a lamp of encouragement, hope, and support. If you are serious about your career, it is the key that can unlock many doors. We’re excited to report that The NEWS, available previously available only by subscription in a printed format, has moved to online distribution, free to New England SCBWI members through the SCBWI website.
Annual Regional Conference
New England SCBWI offers an annual conference in the spring. Expect a great mix of presentations and workshops designed to assist the novice and encourage the established professional. Members receive reduced conference tuition. Each year, some of the best conference workshops are repeated at an Encore! event in the fall.
Workshops and Events
In addition to the annual conference, New England SCBWI organizes smaller events and workshops for writers and illustrators. Each New England region occasionally sponsors area workshops that give members opportunities to learn and to network with peers. These get-togethers range in scope from workshops on one aspect of producing children’s books, to day tours, to “teas” hosted by bookstores for published New England SCBWI members.
Your Regional Advisors (RAs) are great sources of information for events taking place in your area:
Memory Fund & Scholarships
In July 2005, we lost two friends and passionate contributors to children’s literature: Illustrator Ann Barrow and Writer Ruth Landers Glass. This loss inspired New England SCBWI to begin thinking about ways to honor these and other lost friends. Because SCBWI was so important to both Ann and Ruth, we have decided the best way to remember these two remarkable people would be to continue their passion for helping other writers and illustrators by offering a scholarship in each of their names that would allow a writer and an illustrator to attend the New England event of their choice in the next calendar year for free.
Ann Barrow, an important member of SCBWI New England, illustrated over 20 children’s books including Big Blue, published by Charlesbridge in 2004, Butterflies in My Garden, published by Mondo in 2003 and Growing up Abenaki, written by Joseph Bruchec, published by Rigby in 2003. Her career began in 1977 and included book jackets, children’s magazines, greeting cards, giftware and portraiture. We lost her in a tragic accident. Ruth Landers Glass was an active member in NESCBWI who nurtured aspiring writers. She was an artist, writer and founding member of two Newton, Massachusetts, critique groups which helped many writers move toward publication.
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