Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

ShopTalk Meetings

Shop Talk — Local Meetings in Your Area
You are not alone!

While writing and illustrating for children’s books is often a solitary art, many SCBWI members enjoy getting together with like-minded individuals. Shop Talk is where such meetings begin.

Whether you want to hear the latest “inside scoop” on editors or you just want talk to others who understand what you’re going through, attend a “Shop Talk” session near you. Members and non-members alike are welcome (unless otherwise noted below) and attendance is always free.

Because of Covid-19, for the foreseeable future, we will be hosting Shoptalks for the whole region online. If you are interested in joining in, but are not yet a SCBWI member, email the Regional Advisor at

Check our Google Calendar for meeting times and dates.


Meeting Locations
Listed below are “Shop Talk” sessions that we are aware of, including contact information for group leader(s). If you head a “Shop Talk” session (or would like to), please send me e-mail such that I can update this Web page. Thank you.

NORTH COUNTRY: Meet at Panera’s in Plattsburgh at 6:30pm on the first Wednesday of every month. Click here to e-mail Jaramy Conners for more information.

CAPITAL DISTRICT: Meetings are  6:30-8:45pm on the first (or last) Monday of each month, October through May. Meetings are held at the Guilderland Public Library (2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland, New York). Feel free to email Lois Huey and Nancy Castaldo for more information.

MID-HUDSON: Meet at the Adriance Library in Poughkeepsie, 10 am-12:00pm, on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to email either Kimberly Sabatini or Linda Hanlon for more information.

ORANGE/ROCKLAND:  Come join our Orange/Rockland Shoptalk discussion held at the New City Library on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

Check our Google Calendar for meeting times and dates.