Resources For Writers & Illustrators:

The Society For Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is the international, professional organization for—you guessed it!—children’s writers and illustrators. If you think you might like to write or illustrate for young people, I encourage you to join. Regional conferences and other SCBWI events happen all over the US and all over the world, and they’re a great place to get started.

The Writers’ Loft in Sherborn, MA is my primary writing community. They maintain a large, sunny writing space, and they offer critique groups, free Craft Chats, plus tons of events and classes. You do not have to be a member to attend or participate in The Loft.
A Room To Write in Wakefield, MA is another wonderful, local writing community, as is Grub Street in Boston.