Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Miami-Dade County

The Aventura Group

Group leader:  Stacy Davids

Contact info:

Date this form was submitted: 1-18-18

When, where, and how often the group meets:  The first Monday of each month.  7 – 9:30 PM.  Currently, we meet in North Miami Beach.  Email the group leader for specific location info.

Members in group:  6 to 10+ regularly attend.

Open to new members?  Yes.

What to bring to meetings:  Picture books: One manuscript.  Novels and other lengthy manuscripts: Up to 10 double-spaced pages.  Attendees may bring copies of their manuscripts for others to write on.

Focus/Genres:  To receive and provide feedback on manuscripts prior to submitting to agents and editors.  From Picture books to YA novels, including fiction and nonfiction.

Picture Book Writers’ Critique Group

Group leaders: Silvia Lopez and Marta Magellan

Contact info:   

Date this form was submitted: 10-13-18

This group meets bi-weekly in Coral Gables Congregational Church.

3010 De Soto Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Contact Marta or Silvia for meeting times.

Membership fluctuates, however, there are usually 10 people at meetings.

Open to anyone who is interested in writing picture books. (Must attend three meetings before having a manuscript critiqued).


Middle Grade and Chapter Book Writer’s Critique Group

Group Leaders: Paul Kurtz and Donna Kurtz

Contact Info:

Date this form was submitted: 2-21-19

When, where, and how often the group meets: alternate Mondays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Shenandoah Library, 2111 SW 19 St., Miami

Contact Paul for dates

Members in group: 10

Open to new members: Yes. Must visit two times as guest before reading

What to bring to meetings: Members bring 10 double-spaced pages of their manuscript

Focus/Genres: MG and Chapter Books

Crit Wits

We are open to new writers and committed to the success of each member….
Group leader: Nancy Lopez
Contact info:
Date this form was submitted: 3/13/17
When, where, and how often the group meets:   Monday nights,7:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble at 12405 SW 88th St., Miami
Members in group: 8
Open to new members?  Yes.  Must visit one time as a guest before reading to group
What to bring to meetings: Members bring 10 pages of their manuscript or whatever they would like to have critiqued by the group
Focus/Genres:  MG and YA
*We might request a sample of the first chapter, up to 15 pages in advance or until the end of that chapter just to get a feel for the story. That depends on how busy we are.​