Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI Canada East Listserv

What is a listserv?

A listserv is an application that distributes messages to subscribers on an electronic mailing list.  Sounds exciting, right? Well, maybe not yet, but it can be!

The Canada East listserv, hosted on Google Groups, offers members a way of talking to each other directly. It is open to all members of Canada East and Canada West, as well as to all Canadian members of SCBWI living abroad who may currently belong to other chapters but would like to keep up with Canadian goings-on. Follow the link to join the conversation, the sharing of knowledge, and the exchange of ideas! But first, please read through this page for some useful information.


How do I join?

The listserv (which was moved from Yahoo Groups to Google Groups in October 2019) is easy to join. Simply send an email to the SCBWI Canada East ARA. You do not need to use the same email address that you used when you joined SCBWI. However the address you provide when signing up for the listserv may affect how you interact with it. (See “How do I participate?” below.)

Please be sure to include your full name in your request to join the listserv. We must confirm that you are an active member before approving your request to join the listserv, and your name may not be self-evident from your email address.

Once your membership has been confirmed, you will receive an invitation to join the listserv. Please click on the “Accept this invitation” button at the bottom of the email invitation in order to activate your membership in the group. You must accept the invitation within 7 days or it will expire, and you will have to request a new invitation.


How do I participate?

Once you have accepted your invitation, there are two ways to participate: by email, and via the Google Groups web interface.

To participate by email, simply send a new email message to and cc yourself.  The message will go out to every member of the Google Group (except the sender, hence the cc).

You can also reply to a message that you have received. When replying to a message from the group, please remove all of the previous message(s) except for any portions that are necessary for your reply.

To participate via the Google Groups interface, you might sign up for the listserv with a Gmail account. Google Groups allows participation in groups using any email address, but to log in only, they require a Google ID.

If you have signed up using a Gmail address (Google ID), once you sign in online, you can post a message by clicking on the New Conversation button or search through the message threads and click on the Reply All icon for the appropriate thread. (These appear as New Topic and Post Reply if you are still using the old interface.) If you have added our group to your favourites list, SCBWI Canada East will appear in the left-hand Google Group menu under favourites, or you can access it by clicking on the My Groups. The URL for our group is!forum/scbwi-canadaeast.


How can I search previous conversations?

If you sign up for the listserv using a Gmail address, you will also be able to sign in and search previous Conversations (Oct. 2019 to the present). This will give you access to a wealth of information and discussions.


How do I make sure I don’t have problems receiving the emails?

If you wish to avoid having emails from the listserv land in your spam folder, please add our listserv email address,, to your whitelist.

For additional information related to problems receiving SCBWI email, head for our FAQ page and see if the steps outlined under “I don’t seem to be receiving emails from SCBWI. What should I do?” solve the problem.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions!