Originally Published: July 24, 2011
By Bridget Casey
On June 28, 2011, SCBWI NY-Metro kicked off the summer with the chapter’s first Metro Mixer at The Galway Hooker, an Irish pub in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan. While darts, ring toss, and a pool table were tempting, schmoozing about books was the main event for the fifty or so SCBWI members and friends who attended. New members to SCBWI commented that the informal setting of the event made them feel welcome to the organization and less intimidated of the industry. Besides schmoozing, there was an ARC Swap and a raffle with items donated by authors and illustrators. Almost half the room went home with prizes, thanks to the generous donations! Attendees were introduced to some of the volunteers who run the Metro NY Chapter.
In addition to writers and illustrators, other friends of children’s literature attended the event, including publishing professionals, librarians, teachers, and photographers. Plans are already underway for future Metro Mixers including an event for members who live on Long Island, and a second Manhattan event. Details about upcoming Metro Mixers will be posted on our Web site as they become available.
The chapter is open to suggestions and welcomes any questions or comments regarding Metro Mixers. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback, or if you would like to find out about volunteering at upcoming Metro Mixers. Happy summer!