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ShopTalk Around the Region

ShopTalk allows our members to meet other children's writers and illustrators in our vast SCBWI West/Central Upstate NY region.

ShopTalk Events

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CANCELLED - Syracuse Shop Talk - June 25

The June Syracuse Area ShopTalk is Cencelled


An Evening with Brian Yanish

BUFFALO-SOUTHTOWNS ShopTalk had an exciting and informative Evening with author/illustrator BRIAN YANISH on Wednesday, June 14th. Brian is the author/illustrator of the popular SHARK AND BOT SERIES of Graphic Novels for Young Readers.


Buffalo Central Library

Buffalo-Southtowns ShopTalkers visited rare books at the Buffalo Central Library.


Alice Ever After Books

Buffalo-Southtowns ShopTalkers visited a children's book store in Buffalo.

Our meetings/events include informational discussions/presentations from craft to publishing, guest author/illustrator speakers, and social gatherings. Members and invited guests connect in-person locally and via ZOOM regionally. Contact your local ShopTalk facilitator for more information.


The June monthly ShopTalk meeting is cancelled.

We meet on the last Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:00 PM with in-person and Zoom hybrid sessions at the DeWitt Library, 5110 Jamesville Rd. in Jamesville. Contact Kate - woodle1 [at] verizon [dot] net ; and David - daven71 [at] gmail [dot] com for more information adn the Zoom link. Join us!


Next Ithaca Shop Talk - June 10 at 6 pm, in person, in the BorgWarner East room of Tompkins County Public Library (Ithaca Library).

TOPIC: Analyzing First Pages of a novel. Our very own Hope Grietzer will present an exercise to help us become better at writing our own first pages by analyzing the first pages of published MG novels. Once we’ve got the hang of it, we’ll use the same technique to examine our own first pages. If you’re working on a novel (Chapter book, MG, YA) please bring the First Page to your Work in Progress.

Tompkins County Public Library is located at 101 East Green Street in Ithaca. There is Street Parking : Hourly Rate is $1.50/hr. and there is a 2 Hour Limit; free parking after 6 pm.

There are three parking garages close to the library - hourly rate is $1/hour for Green Street Garage, Seneca Street Garage, and Cayuga Street Garage. for more parking info, visit City of Ithaca website.

You MAY bring drinks in closed containers, and non-messy snacks. This is an in-person meeting. The library is not set up for hybrid Zoom meetings at this time. Tompkins County Public Library is located at 101 East Green Street in Ithaca

How to contact our fearless ShopTalk leaders:

Sue: sueheaven [AT}] frontiernet [DOT] net 

Rowen: cmm255 [AT] gmail [DOT] com

Our Ithaca Facilitators

Sue Heavenrich
Assistant Regional Advisor
C. Rowen MacCarald

Our Syracuse Facilitators

David Neuner
Kate Woodle
Author, Illustrator

Banner artwork by Kate Woodle,