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

UPDATE:  Shop Talk regulars are invited to participate in our Rotating Shop Talks which we are hosting through ZOOM beginning on July 13th, with our Utica co-facilitators Caitlyn Notaro and Alexandria Marie Compo. Additional Shop Talks hosted by facilitators in our other Shop Talk Networks are also scheduled. Please connect with your Shop Talk facilitator for access information. 


* 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.