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: 1-18-17

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: Ruth Vander Zee and Silvia Lopez

Contact info:

Date this form was submitted: 1-7-17

This group meets bi-weekly in the cafe of Books and Books – Coral Gables. Contact Ruth or Silvia for meeting times. 

Membership fluctuates, however, there are usually 4 – 10 people at meetings. 

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

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.​