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Meet & Greet

December 18, 2017:

Join us for a festive time at Harrington's Pub in Wakefield, MA on Monday, December 18th for some holiday cheer with your fellow writers and illustrators. Writers and illustrators of all genres and abilities are encouraged to get festive with us starting at 6:30 pm in Harrington's Pub located at 17 Water Street, Wakefield, Ma.

Connect with other local writers and illustrators while you enjoy coffee, tea and something sweet or help yourself to a spirit at the bar. This is a festive event with a friendly group of people for writers and illustrators at all levels and all genres to meet each other.

If you have a favorite holiday-themed poem, paragraph or illustration feel free to bring it along to share but do not feel obligated. What is most important is to enjoy being in the company of other artists and to get to know each other.

This Meet & Greet is sponsored by The Room to Write and located in space being generously provided by Harrington's Pub with thanks to local artist Alice Gardner for the accompanying image. Contact Colleen Getty at or (781)621-8056 with questions or to let us know you will attend. Visit: for more information.


September 18, 2017:

September's Meet & Greet hosted by The Room to Write at the Albion Cultural Exchange in Wakefield welcomed an enthusiastic group of writers and illustrators who live in Wakefield as well as the neighboring towns of Melrose, Lynnfield, Winchester, Burlington, Bedford, Watertown, Beverly and Salem. The event was a casual way to connect, get motivated and be inspired by other local writers and illustrators while enjoying coffee, tea and something sweet. 

In addition to having the opportunity to meet other writers and illustrators, attendees had opportunities to network and learn about some local resources available to them. Roberta Hung was in attendance representing the Massachusetts State Poetry Society that has some local chapters that meet in Beverly and Winthrop. Information was also provided about the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Wakefield Community Access Television, the Wakefield Cultural Council, the Arts Collaborative of Wakefield, as well as a flier to inform people of the Community Conversation organized by Senator Jason Lewis being held Tuesday, September 26th at the Stoneham Theatre titled "Investing in Arts and Culture to Strengthen Our Local Economies." 

Writers and illustrators also received information about the Writers' Critique Group that meets every 3rd Thursday of the month and writing hours on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield. Additionally, this was the first opportunity to introduce the idea of a collaboration between The Room to Write (TRtW) and Wakefield Cable Access Television (WCAT) to share the tangible and intangible journey of writing and publishing in a documentary-style program. 

This Meet & Greet was sponsored by The Room to Write and located in space being generously provided by the Town of Wakefield’s Albion Cultural Exchange with thanks to Committee Member Doug Henning for helping with setup and breakdown of the event and illustrator Rebekah Bonner for use of her art on the flier and advertisements. If you would like more information about TRtW or anything mentioned above, please contact Colleen Getty at or (781)621-8056. 

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June 5, 2017:

The Writers and Illustrators Meet & Greet held on Monday, June 5th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, in the Wakefield Community Access Television (WCAT) Studios was a great opportunity to see what a wonderful resource we have here in Wakefield as well as to connect with some new faces. 

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Six writers gathered--four of which had published books and one with a book going to the printer--to enjoy a sense of community among other writers as well as to talk about their books and the journey a book takes from idea to finished product. We enjoyed a tour of the studio space and were able to meet the staff at WCAT who so graciously allowed us to utilize their conference room for our meeting. 

The group discussed some ways in which we could celebrate and present the written word on screen. There was talk of one-on-one interviews with authors, round table author discussions, interviews conducted by student writers, as well as the idea of walking the audience through writing a book by showing the process through revealing the drafts that are written and demonstrating how an idea will start in one place and journey to a very different destination based on various leads as well as a sort of stream-of-consciousness process. 

There was also the idea of discussing some of the older and cherished books contained in public libraries as well as the various ways that a writer can publish their work: self-publishing, independent publishing, traditional, online, and on and on.

This event was sponsored by The Room to Write with support from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and located in space generously provided by Wakefield Community Access Television (WCAT)

Thank you to Rebekah Bonner for use of her illustration from the book From the Heart by Rafaela Atkinson. 

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April 3, 2017:

The Writers and Illustrators Meet & Greet held in The Savings Bank’s Community Room on Monday, April 3rd drew another healthy batch of writers and illustrators. The Room to Write is grateful for the support of the many talented individuals in attendance as well as to The SavingsBank and to SCBWI for supporting these outreach efforts. To get the creativity flowing we included a simple writing exercise during this meet and greet where each participant took a few minutes to free-write with a humble fruit or vegetable as their inspiration. It is amazing how ordinary objects can be seen for the first time and transformed by our imaginations.

This event was sponsored by The Room to Write with support from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and was held in a beautiful Community Room generously provided by The Savings Bank.

Thank you to illustrator Antonio DeLeo for the image below.


February 20, 2017:

The Writers and Illustrators Meet & Greet held in the Teen Room at the Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield on Monday, February 20th was a refreshingly casual and cordial opportunity to meet some local artists. The Room to Write would like to extend a thank you to all the talented artists in attendance as well as to the Boys & Girls Club ofWakefield and to SCBWI for their support. There was a wonderful mix of writers and illustrators already established or published as well as writers whose talents have lain dormant while starting families and working to pay the bills. Connecting in person remains an invaluable exercise—a source of both inspiration and motivation. There was even mention of notebooks being unearthed from closets and dusted off, reminding us that we can only go so long before something begins to gnaw at us until we can no longer ignore it and realize we need to nourish our minds, bodies and that sleeping giant within—our souls.

This event was sponsored by The Room to Write with encouragement from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and was held in meeting space generously provided by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham and Wakefield. The event was free of charge but attendees were asked to bring a children’s book to donate to the Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield’s member library. The writers and illustrators who gathered brought with them nearly 40 books, two that were signed by the authors and illustrators who created them, that will be enjoyed by the young people who benefit from the Wakefield Club as a home away from home. There are few greater gifts than that of words and a comfortable, safe place within which to read them.

Thank you to local illustrator Sarah Lynne Reul for the image below.