Eastern PA Volunteer Announcements: Author Heather Pierce Stigall Joins the Team! by Virginia Law Manning

I love SCBWI! If you’ve met me, you probably already knew that. It’s been a whirlwind romance for me. I joined SCBWI in 2013 and immediately started attending events. A few months later, I met Kim Briggs at the Winter conference in NYC and expressed an interest in volunteering. First, Kim suggested I write an article for the blog. Then the team asked me to organize the Peer CAT at the Pocono Retreat. Soon after, I became the chapter’s critique group coordinator. In 2016, I had the pleasure of working with Adrienne Wright to plan illustrator events and started organizing bi-monthly meet & greets in Bucks County with author Anita Nolan. This is the way it works with non-profits. Get your foot in the door, do a good job and they’ll ask you to do more. (Seriously that’s the way it works!)

When I became the illustrator coordinator last fall, Heather Pierce Stigall became the chapter’s critique group coordinator. I know Heather is going to do a bang-up job because she and I have been in a critique group together since December 2014. Heather is everything a critique partner should be: dedicated, invested, ambitious, thorough, well-read, supportive, and kind. I hope you get a chance to meet her! If you’re not in a critique group already, definitely contact Heather and ask her about the advantages of sharing your work with others. I bet she’ll be mighty persuasive.

Critique groups offer writers and illustrators an opportunity to socialize with like-minded souls, but they’re not the only way to connect with members. We can also attend meet & greets. Meet & greets are free, casual events organized by a chapter member. They usually last about two hours and can be held in a coffee shop, ice cream parlor, bookstore, art center, or any place that is willing to have you. Meet & Greets are a lot of fun! Going forward, Heather will be the chapter’s Meet & Greet Liaison as well. (See how that works? Just like I said!)

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If you’d like to join or start a critique group or organize a Meet & Greet, please contact Heather Pierce Stigall at heatherstigallcm@aol.com. Leading a critique group or organizing a meet & greet is a great way to get your foot in the door!





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10 Responses to Eastern PA Volunteer Announcements: Author Heather Pierce Stigall Joins the Team! by Virginia Law Manning

  1. Wendy says:

    My critique partners are writing family–indispensable!

  2. fspoesy says:

    My Eastern PA SCBWI critique group (Delaware County) is the reason I finally have a picture book manuscript ready for submission. And soon will have a few more! Much thanks to my critique group, Virginia, Heather, and all the SCBWI volunteers!

  3. Chrissa Pedersen says:

    Thank you Virginia and Heather for keeping the wheels turning 🙂

  4. rosecappelli says:

    Congratulations, Heather! Everything Virginia said about Heather is true, and I am so lucky to be in a critique group with both of these wonderful ladies. It has been invaluable!

  5. Kristen C.S. says:

    Thanks for all of your hard work, Virginia and Heather! Your time and effort is greatly appreciated. =)

  6. Thank you everyone who commented! I’m glad so many of you love your critique groups!!! Best of luck to all!

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