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Jeanette Murray of Corning Inc. (front right) presenting check to Colleen Getty, Director of TRtW, (front left) and Kerri Leonard, Board Member of TRtW, (back right) for Young Writers and Illustrators Meet, Greet and Create! event also sponsored by Whitelam Books. Liz Whitelam and Jeanne Borawski of Whitelam Books (back left)

Young Writers and illustrators 

Meet, Greet & create!

Tuesday, March 12th - 6:00-8:30pm

Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield, 

467 Main Street, Wakefield

A celebration of words, creativity--and hot cocoa! 😜

Download & Print or Share Event Flier HERE!

The Young Writers and Illustrators Meet, Greet & Create! night is one of our favorite events with three of our favorite community partners: Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield & Stoneham, Whitelam Books in Reading, and Follow Your Art Community Studios in Melrose

This is an event for all youth: Toddlers to Teens!

(Thanks to local illustrator Katia Wish: for the illustration.) 

We are so excited to bring this event back from its post-pandemic hibernation welcoming TWELVE local authors with 100 BOOKS for all ages to give away for FREE thanks to an Employee Vibrant Community Grant from Corning Incorporated. We will have picture books, early reader/chapter books, middle grade novels and young adult novels (which includes one graphic novel:) to give away for FREE!

The authors and artists will introduce themselves, answer questions, sign books, and have fun celebrating all the ways kids can be creative. We will have hot cocoa and sweet treats along with some typewriters, writing activities, and art supplies. 

Click on the images below to learn about the books we're giving away and the talented authors behind them.

[Genres below: PB=Picture Book, CB=Chapter Book/Young Reader, MG=Middle Grade, YA=Young Adult, & GN=Graphic Novel]

Janet Costa Bates (CB)

Rebecca Caprara (YA)

Carol Gordon Ekster (PB)

Betsy Ellor (PB)

Fred Gracely (MG)

Samantha Lewis (CB)

Kari Percival (PB)

Shawn Peters (MG)

Lisa Stringfellow (MG)

Susan Tan (CB)

Dirk Tiede (YA/GN)

Kip Wilson (YA)

Thanks to local artist Joy Schilling for the accompanying image above. This 2'x4' acrylic painting was part of Creatures & Critters, the Arts Collaborative's fall exhibit at the Albion Cultural Exchange.

Writers and Illustrators Meet & Greet 

Thursday, January 18th  

8:00am to 10:00am 

Brothers Deli - Restaurant

404 Main Street, Wakefield, MA

We started the year and the day off in a creative direction at our quarterly Meet & Greet. Adult writers and illustrators of all genres and levels were invited to meet up and share goals, ideas, and information with each other. Read our blog recap of the event here:)

This was our first-ever early-bird timeslot, so attendees stopped by for a muffin, cup of coffee, and some creative inspiration for the journey! 

If you have anything you’d like to share: a published book, a poem written on a napkin, an art portfolio, sample of your creative work in any form, a flier for an upcoming event—be sure to bring it along to share and celebrate. If you do not have any of those things or do not wish to share, just show up! 

Another Great Local Author Fair

This is the second year in a row the Wakefield Library, The Room to Write and Whitelam Books came together to support local authors and readers alike. This year fifteen different authors were available selling and signing their books as well as answering questions from readers. 

Click here to read more and see photos from this year's fair.

There was a little of everything, from picture books for the youngest among us, to middle grade and young adult novels, as well as a variety of fiction for adults.

It was a wonderful opportunity for readers to connect with authors, but also for authors to connect with each other!

Link to the authors: Margarita Barresi, JR Giuliano, Regina Mouradian, Christine Ricci-McNamee, Taylor Tyng, Kerry Crisley, Ali Kaden, Tim O'Leary, Lisa Stringfellow, Kip Wilson, Karin Gertsche, Gail Lowe, Sarah Lynne Reul, Doughlas L. Heath & Alison C. Simcox.

Past Events from The Room?

Writers and Illustrators Meet & Greet: Click the link to the left to see photos and follow-up from meet & greets held on: 

Writers' Critique Group: Click the link to find out about our monthly critique groups.

Festival by the Lake: Click the link to the left for recaps on all the fun we've had at the festival. Festival by the Lake is an annual festival held in June in Wakefield with crafters, nonprofits, food, music and fun!

Write After Dinner Series: Click the link to the left to see photos and follow-up from events held on:

If you have an idea, please contact The Room to Write.

For more information about all the wonderful things happening in Wakefield check out the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, the Albion Cultural Exchange and the Events Planning Committee websites.