Upcoming Meet & Greets, by Heather Pierce Stigall


What is a Meet & Greet?

An SCBWI Meet & Greet is a gathering of kid lit writers and illustrators. Like-minded people come together to chat, network, share news and resources, socialize, and learn from one another. In short, it’s a no-pressure (free-of-charge) way to expand your tribe. Past Meet & Greets have included meet-ups at local coffee shops; gatherings after author visits and book festivals; and prearranged bookstore events, guest speaking events, and studio tours.

Where do I find out about upcoming Meet & Greets?

Check out our “Upcoming Events” tab on this blog, or go to EPA’s website and click on the “Meet & Greet” tab. Listings can also be found under “Events.” If you don’t see a Meet & Greet happening in your area, plan one!

Who plans Meet & Greets?

In short, YOU! Meet & Greets are planned by member volunteers. We highly encourage everyone to consider getting involved in our regional chapter, and planning a Meet & Greet is a great and simple way to do so.

How do I plan a Meet & Greet?

It’s really as simple as contacting me (HeatherStigallCM@aol.com) to let me know the place, date, and time of your event. Remember, these are intended to be free, no-pressure meet-ups. You don’t have to plan a specific agenda, but if you have something in mind, just let me know! If you are interested in planning a Meet & Greet, contact me to talk about ideas and to advertise your event on the EPA Meet & Greet web page.

When are the next Meet & Greets?

To welcome in 2019 we have three M&Gs planned so far, but keep checking the EPA website for new events as they are added:



WHEN: Friday, February 8, 2019, 12:30-2:00 p.m. (snow date 2/12)
WHERE: Seven Stones Cafe, 24 South Plum Street, Media, PA
RSVP: Berrie Torgan-Randall at berrietr@hotmail.com

Come to “Everyone’s Hometown” to sip and shop for Valentine’s Day on February 8th (snow date February 12th). Media has a bunch of independently owned shops, and I’m featuring Bevan’s Own Make Chocolate Shop for something sweet for your sweetheart.  We will gather at Seven Stones Cafe, 24 South Plum Street, Media, PA.

Seven Stones Cafe website: sevenstonescafe.com

Bevan’s Own Make Candy Shop website: bevansownmakecandy.com



WHEN: Sunday, February 10, 2019, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Bookery at the Bosler Library, 158 W High Street (intersection of High and West Streets), Carlisle, PA
RSVP: Melissa Sheperd at SheperdMAC@hotmail.com (RSVP requested but not required to plan for refreshments)

Come to the Historic Bookery at Bosler Library in Carlisle, PA (the crossroads of I-81 and the PA Turnpike) and meet other writers and illustrators in our community. There will be plenty of time for sharing, so if you would like, bring a poem, illustration, short written piece, or one of your favorite kid lit books or illustrations.

bosler-library-1024x680The Bookery is a bookstore run by the Friends of Bosler Library with hundreds of donated items coming in each week. You will have the opportunity to peruse the shelves for books, music, magazines, games, and media.

Light refreshments will be served.

Free on-street parking on Sundays or in the parking lot behind the Library, off of West Church Ave.



WHEN: March 8, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Books-a-Million, 100 Viewmont Mall, Scranton, PA
RSVP: Alison Green Myers at scbwiepa@gmail.com by 3/1/19

Meet & Greets are free, casual events that give members an opportunity to network and discuss children’s-book-related topics. Come drink coffee, browse books, and chat with fellow members about current works-in-progress. There will be an opportunity to share up to 500 words of a current work-in-progress during the get together.


I hope you’ll consider attending AND planning a Meet & Greet in your area!

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2 Responses to Upcoming Meet & Greets, by Heather Pierce Stigall

  1. I love these free EPA events! Three on the horizon…Yippeee!

  2. Rona Shirdan says:

    Thanks for the information, Heather. I’m looking forward to attending the one in my area!

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