SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Miami-Dade County


The Aventura Group

Group leader:  Stacy Davids

Contact info: drdavids@bellsouth.net

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.


Miami Critique Group: Writing for Children

Group leaders:  Silvia Lopez and Marta Magellan

Contact info:

PB-only group (including short early readers): silvialopez1026@gmail.com

PB-MG group: marta.magellan@gmail.com

Date this form was submitted: July 5, 2019

Picture Book to Middle Grade group meets bi-weekly on Tuesdays at 10:30 AM Location: West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way
Miami, FL 33165

PB only group meets bi-weekly on Wednesdays at 7 PM   Location: Coral Gables Congregational Church  3010 De Soto Blvd

Contact Marta or Silvia.

Membership fluctuates

Open to anyone who is interested in writing for children from Picture Books (PB) to Middle Grade (MG), both fiction and nonfiction. Must attend two meetings before having a manuscript critiqued.


Middle Grade and Chapter Book Writer’s Critique Group

Group Leaders: Paul Kurtz and Donna Kurtz

Contact Info: paulkurtz@bellsouth.net

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


Spanish Critique Group

Group leaders: Nydia Buch / Cristina Keller

Contact info: nydia.buch@gmail.com / cristinakeller56@gmail.com

Date this form was submitted: January 21st, 2019

When, where, and how often the group meets: The 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Coral Gables Congregational Church–3010 De Soto Blvd  Coral Gables, Fl 33134

Members in group: 8

Open to new members? Yes

What to bring to meetings: persons who are reading bring 6 copies; persons who are displaying illustrations, bring the illustrations.

Focus/Genres: We are open to all fiction and nonfiction picture book writers and illustrators.


Crit Wits

We are open to new writers and committed to the success of each member….
Group leader: Nancy Lopez
Contact info: Islancy@aol.com
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.​