SCBWI Canada East Google Groups

Our Google Groups offer members a way of talking to each other directly through an email distribution list or via an online forum. A lot of the chapter’s day-to-day life happens in these groups because this is where online discussions among our members occur. 

We have two Google Groups:

  • The Exchange is open to all Premium members of Canada East. Here, you’ll find peers to celebrate or commiserate with. Whether you are just starting out or have a well-established career, this is the place to share news of milestones and book launches, puzzle together over unexpected wrinkles in the book business, and build solidarity with other children's book creators. While our chapter's big announcements are e-mailed directly to all members, some small announcements, a sneak peek of an upcoming conference line-up, or an advance word of exciting new developments may reach the Exchange first.
  • PAL Shop Talk is open to all Premium PAL Members of the chapter interested in discussing life after publication, talking about the challenges that seasoned book creators face, and seeking solutions together.

Note that members are not automatically added to these when they join SCBWI. You must take a few extra steps to subscribe (see below). These Google Groups are open to all eligible members of Canada East and Canada West, as well as to all Canadian members of SCBWI living abroad who may currently belong to other chapters but would like to keep up with Canadian goings-on. 

Follow the link below to join the conversations, the sharing of knowledge, and the exchange of ideas! But first, please read through this page for some useful information.

How do I join?

Our Google Groups are easy to join. Simply send an email to Kelly Zhang. You do not need to use the same email address that you used when you joined SCBWI. However, the address you provide when signing up for the Google Group may affect how you interact with it. (See “How do I participate?” below.)

Please be sure to include the name of the group(s) you wish to join as well as your full name when you ask to join. We must confirm that you are an active member before approving your request, and your name may not be self evident from your email address.

How do I participate?

There are two ways to participate: by email, and via the Google Groups web interface.

● To participate by email, simply send a new email message to the group address. If you would like a copy to land in your own inbox, cc yourself. (Messages are delivered to every member of the Google Group except the sender, hence the cc.) The subject line for all messages coming from The Exchange will include the prefix "[SCBWI Canada East Exchange]".

You can also reply to a message that you have received. When replying to a message from the group, please remove all of the previous message(s) except for any portions necessary for your reply.

The email address for The Exchange is

The email address for PAL Shop Talk is

Important: Whether sending a new email message or replying to a message that you have received, please make sure that you are sending your message from the email account that you used to register for the group. If you have multiple email addresses and you are using auto-forward to a second email account, you will be able to receive mail at that second address, but you will not be able to send or reply using that address, as it is not a registered member of the group. To send messages or reply to messages, you must use the email address under which you registered for the group.

● To participate via the Google Groups interface, you might consider signing up for the group with a Gmail account. Google Groups allows participation using any email address; however, a Google ID is required to log in to the web interface.

If you have signed up using a Gmail address (Google ID), once you sign in online, you can post a message by clicking on the New Conversation button or search through the message threads and click on the Reply All icon for the appropriate thread. If you have added our group to your favourites list, "SCBWI Canada East" will appear in the left-hand Google Group menu under favourites, or you can access it by clicking on the My Groups

The URL for The Exchange is

The URL for PAL Shop Talk is

How can I search earlier conversations?

If you sign up using a Gmail address, you will be able to sign in and search previous Conversations. This will give you access to a wealth of information and discussions.

How do I make sure I don’t have problems receiving emails?

If you wish to avoid having emails from the group land in your spam folder, please add our Google Group email addresses, and to your contacts or your whitelist.

Who do I contact to change my email address for the group?

Contact Kelly Zhang if you wish to change the email address you are using for either of our Google Groups.. Please include your current email address, as well as your new email address.