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.

ithaca shoptalk with date (1080 x 1980).jpg

Ithaca ShopTalk, December 11, 6:30 pm, Zoom

Dee Romito will discuss Chapter Books. Explore the different categories of children's books and what makes each one unique.


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.


We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 7:00 – 8:30 PM alternating between Ellicottville and Orchard Park. Carey and Patty can be reached at for more information. Join us!


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. Join us!

There is no ShopTalk in December. Our next meeting is in January.

Our Syracuse Facilitators

David Neuner
Kate Woodle
Author, Illustrator


The next Ithaca Shop Talk, on Monday, December 11, is open to everyone in the region. We are hosting very special guest author (and PAL member) Dee Romito to discuss Chapter Books.

Join Dee to explore the different categories of children's books and what makes each one unique. We'll dive a little deeper into writing chapter books and middle grade and learn some tips and tools that will help you learn to write in these categories or up your game if you're already writing them!

You can find out more about Dee on the “Published [PAL] Authors & Illustrators” page.

When: Monday, December 11 at 6:30 pm

When: on ZOOM. Please be respectful and mute your mic when you are not speaking.

ZOOM link: Contact Sue or Rowen for the link.

Ithaca Shop Talk facilitators:

Sue  sueheaven [at] frontiernet [dot] net

Rowen  cmm255 [at] gmail [dot] com

We will kick off our new year of Shop Talk meetings during the Lunar New Year on February 12, 2024. If you have a topic you'd like to discuss, please let us know!

We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Our winter meetings will be on zoom. Contact – Sue – sueheaven [at] gmail [dot] com ; and Rowen - cmm255 [at] gmail [dot] com for more information. Join us!

Our Ithaca Facilitators

Sue Heavenrich
Clara MacCarald