Betsy is an active member of the Society of Children's Bookwriters and Illustrators and a two-time selectee for the One-on-One Conference held by the Rutgers University Council on Children's Literature.
She is the co-founder of Kate's Kid Book Bash, a children's book festival that honors the memory of author Kate Dopirak and benefits Reading Is FUNdamental Pittsburgh. In its first year, the festival was featured in Publishers Weekly and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. A date for the next Book Bash will be announced in 2021.
Betsy serves on the steering committee for the Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books, a new literary festival being planned for the city. She also serves on the 2021 Panel of Judges for the Kate Dopirak Craft and Community Award, which each year provides SCBWI conference tuition to children's writers dedicated to their craft and writing community.
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