Palm Beach County

Wellington Group

Group leader: Gail Shepherd and Stacie Ramey
Contact info:
Date this form was submitted: 2/21/16
When, where, and how often the group meets: 1st Thursday of month from 6:00-9:00 at Wellington Barnes and Noble–but always check the Facebook group for updates:…/
Members in group: 6-10
Open to new members?Yes
What to bring to meetings: up to 8 pages of double spaced manuscript, MG, YA or one picture book manuscript. Copies of the pages if you want written critique for your work. Please contact Gail or Stacie if you're interested in joining this group.  
Focus/Genres: PB, MG, and YA

The Wednesday Group—Palm Beach Gardens

Group leaders:  Donna Gephart, Linda Marlow

Contact info: ,

Date this form was submitted:  1-18-16

When:  4th Wednesday of each month (In November and December we meet on the 3rd Wednesday)

Where:   Palm Beach Gardens Branch Library, Palm Beach Gardens

How often the group meets:  Once a month

Members in group: 15 +

Open to new members? yes

What to bring to meetings:   We ask those interested in joining us to wait until their second meeting to share (read) work. This gives one an opportunity to observe our critique style and etiquette.

Focus/Genres: We are a group of published and unpublished writers and illustrators who specialize in creating stories, poems, and articles for children (we don't read work written for adults). Our goal is to share and receive honest, constructive criticism in a positive, supportive atmosphere. We seek those who are serious about their craft.

West Palm Beach SCBWI Critique Group


Group leader:  Sylvia Andrews
Contact info:
Date this form was submitted:  1/18/2017
We meet on 2nd Saturday of each month, 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Village of Palm Springs Public Library at 217 Cypress Lane, Palm Springs (access from Davis Rd. off 10th Ave. N., Lake Worth) 
Members in group:  10-15
Open to new members?  Yes
What to bring to meetings:  Contact Sylvia Andrews for our Group Guidelines before attending.
Focus/Genres:  Our members range from those who are inexperienced in writing/illustrating to those who have many books published.  We meet to critique members’ work in all children’s genres, Picture Book to YA.  We also share publishing news and workshop opportunities.  

West Boca Critique Group

Group leader: Adriane Pirro

Contact info:

Date this form was submitted: 1-18-17

When, where, and how often the group meets:  Second Wednesday of the month, West Boca Library; 441 between Yamato Rd. & Clint Moore Blvd., 6:30 – 9:00pm. The date sometime changes because of room availability. E-mail Adriane to confirm the date and possible change to another Boca location.  

Members in group: 8

Open to new members? There is one opening. Please contact Adriane for more info.

What to bring to meetings: one picture book (you can bring a second picture book in case there’s time to read and critique both) or up to 10 double spaced pages of a chapter book, MG, or YA and enough copies for everyone.

Focus: The focus covers all kidlit, from picture books through YA, and includes illustrators, too. Besides critiques, we also share market info and celebrate good news. 

Boca Raton Book & Market Discussion Group

Group leader: Stephanie

Contact info:

Date this form was submitted: April 11, 2014

When, where, and how often the group meets: Monthly  

Members in group: Just starting

Open to new members? Yes

What to bring to meetings: Book under discussion, if possible

Focus: Structured around books we pick to discuss; also, sharing news (less specifically for critiques)