Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Local Shop Talk Networks

If you’re looking to meet up with other children’s writers and illustrators in your area, check out the meetings below…!

 Official SCBWI Shop Talk Networks

Please note we are temporarily postponing our monthly Shop Talks 


* Syracuse/Dewitt Areas: Last Tuesday of the month (except December) 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Rd., Jamesville,NY 13078. We meet downstairs in Community Room #2.

Syracuse/Dewitt Contact: Brian Montanaro = bmontana(at)daemen(dot)edu.


Ithaca Area: First Monday of every month from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at  Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.  We meet on the first level in the BorgWarner East Room.

Ithaca Contacts: Sue Heavenrich = sueheaven(at)gmail(dot)com;  Clara MacCarald ~  cmm255(at)gmail(dot)com


*Utica Area: The Utica Shop Talk Network will meet the last Monday of every month. Check the monthly calendar on the home page of our website for details. Some locations include The Treehouse Reading and Arts Center in New York Mills, the Utica Public Library, and Barnes & Noble in New Hartford.

Utica Contacts: Caitlyn Notaro = cknepka6[at]gmail[dot]com; Alexandria Marie Compo = alexandriacompo[at]gmail[dot]com


* Buffalo/Rochester (Victor, NY) Areas:  Woo-Hoo! The Buffalo/Rochester Shop Talk launched in January in Rochester. The turnout was dazzling! For the time being, we will rotate our meetings between the two locations. Check out the monthly calendar on the home page of our website for details.

Buffalo/Rochester Contacts: Julia Garstecki = julia[at]juliagarstecki[dot]com; Jon Schnapp = jschnapp42[at]gmail[dot]com

* Watertown Area:  Watch for details.

.*Binghamton Area: Watch for details.