SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Online Critique Groups


Online critique groups are forming now! If there isn’t an open group in your genre, send me a form and I’d be happy to help you start a new group.


Picture Book Groups


SCBWI Florida Online PB Critique group 

Group leader: Amy Moyer

Contact info: amymoyer47@gmail.com  772-919-2547

Date this form was submitted: Sept 18, 2020

When, where, and how often the group meets:

Facebook private group/ twice a month 1stor 15th subs due, critiques due on the 15th/1st

Members in group: 6

Open to new members? Yes (until we get 6)

What to bring to meetings: your PB manuscripts and lots of happy positive critiques. 🙂

Focus/Genres: PB


PB Critique Group

Group Leader: Ashley

Contact info: acongdon85@gmail.com

Date this form was submitted: 7/9/20

What do you send the group and how often do you submit? Any stage of a draft. Once a month.

When are critiques due? End of each month.

Do you submit via e-mail, forum, Facebook group, Yahoo, etc? Facebook group

Number of members in group: 4

Open to New Members? This group is currently full.

Focus/Genres: Fiction and Nonfiction picture books

Range of group’s experiences: Newbies to intermediate.


GetItWrite Critique Group

Group Leader: Taylor Girard (co-lead) and Melissa Hope (co-lead)

Contact info: Taylor Girard – taylorgirard@gmail.com and Melissa Hope – lissa.horne@hotmail.com

Date this form was submitted: 8-2-20

What do you send the group and how often do you submit? 1st submissions due 1st – 5th and 2nd submissions due 15th – 20th

When are critiques due?  1st critiques due by 15th and 2nd critique by end of the month

How do you submit? Facebook

Number of members in group: 4

Open to New Members? Not at the moment

Focus/Genres: Picture Books.

Range of group’s experiences: Intermediate


Online PB Critique Group

Group Leader: Sheila Fernley

Contact info: loves2writecbs@gmail.com

Date this form was submitted: June 3, 2020

What do you send the group and how often do you submit? This small and active PB writers critique group is for those who write regularly and want comradery and feedback more often than once a month. Your work in progress (WIP) that is up to 5 double-spaced pages (12 pt Times New Roman or Calibri) is to be emailed to each group member twice a month on the 1st and 15th.

When are critiques due? For WIPs that are sent to the group on the 1st of the month, critiques are due on or before the 15th. For WIPs that are sent to the group on the 15th of the month, critiques are due on or before the last day of the month. There will be an optional virtual Zoom meeting once a month to discuss WIPs submitted that month, share successes, and discuss challenges.

Do you submit via e-mail, forum, Facebook group, Yahoo, etc.? Submissions are to be e-mailed to group members.

Number of members in group: 4, including the group leader

Open to New Members? This group is currently full.

*If group is closed to new members, is there a way to be placed on a waiting list? Yes–for active SCBWI members

Focus/Genres: Picture Books

Range of group’s experiences: (can say something like newbies to published, intermediate, etc.): novice to published

 


Commitments

 

Group Leader: Michelle Ramirez

Contact info: mitch.ramirez8@gmail.com

Date this form was submitted: July 6, 2019

What do you send the group: WIP, submit from the first of the month to the 16th, then offer critiques to the end of the month.

When are critiques due? By the end of the month.

How do you submit? email

Number of members in group: 5

Open to New Members? This group is currently full.

Focus/Genres: picture books, fiction and non fiction

Range of group’s experiences: newbies, some published

 


Online Advanced Picture Book Critique Group

Group Leader: Angela Padron

Contact info: angela@angelapadron.com, 786-200-7784

Date this form was submitted: 7-13-2020

What do you send the group and how often do you submit? Picture book manuscripts (fiction / non-fiction / verse) – once a month on the first of the month

When are critiques due? By the 15th of the month

Do you submit via e-mail, forum, Facebook group, Yahoo, etc? Google folder

Number of members in group: 4

Open to New Members? No

*If group is closed to new members, is there a way to be placed on a waiting list? No – we will post on FB if we are seeking new members

Focus/Genres: Picture book manuscripts (fiction / non-fiction / verse)

Range of group’s experiences: PAL published or agented


My Best Picture Book

Group Leader: Julie Augensen

Contact info: Swivelskier@verizon.net

Date this form was submitted: June 10, 2020

What do you send the group and how often do you submit? All participants are submitting picture books. Fiction, nonfiction, rhyme, or prose. As long as it’s a picture book, it works.

We submit and critique two manuscripts a month. One during the first half of the month and the second during the last half.
To be a member, we prefer SCBWI members who have attended at least two conferences. Our current members are either agented or published.

When are critiques due? By the 15th and the last day of each month.

Do you submit via e-mail, forum, Facebook group, Yahoo, etc? We submit through a private Facebook group.

Number of members in group: As many as four with the group’s approval.

Open to New Members? We are closed to new members.

*If group is closed to new members, is there a way to be placed on a waiting list? At this point, we do not have a waiting list. When an opening occurs, we generally find a match within our writing community.

Focus/Genres: Anything picture book.

Range of group’s experiences: All members are agented and/or PAL published and active SCBWI members.


 

Chapter Books


Wild About Chapter Books

 

Group Leader:  Lorena Tejada

Contact Info:  lorena.tejada1@gmail.com or 229-460-0600

Date Submitted:  6 August 2020

Focus/Genre:  Chapter Books

Submission Guidelines:

  1. This group proposes TWICE a month submission: first submission on the 1st of the month, with critiques due by the 10th; second submission on the 15th of the month, with critiques due by the 25th.
  2. Each submission may be one chapter or up to 10 pages.
  3. Groups members will collaborate and adjust the above guidelines as needed.

Technology:  This group will conduct monthly sessions using an agreed upon virtual meeting platform, i.e., Zoom, Cisco Webex, FaceBook, FaceTime, etc.  The group will also agree upon the desired platform for submissions and critiques, i.e., email, FaceBook group, Google, etc.

Number of Members:  Maximum of 6

New Members:  If/when the group is closed to new members, the group leader will maintain a waiting list.

Invited Experts:  Guest speakers, experts and/or other SCBWI members may be invited to attend one or two sessions. Invited guests should possess recognized expertise that would benefit the group.  Individual group members may propose a guest attendee to the group for discussion and approval.

Range of Member Experience:  A diversity of member experience is desired:  novice writers to published, intermediate writers, those with prior critique group experience, attendance at a variety of SCBWI workshops and conferences, etc.


YA Groups


YA Writer Group

Group Leader: Amanda Whitaker

Contact info: amandagwhitaker@gmail.com

Date this form was submitted: 09-23-2018

What do you send the group and how often do you submit? Once a month send up to 3000 words.

When are critiques due? Due the first of every month

Do you submit via e-mail, forum, Facebook group, Yahoo, etc? Submit via email

Number of members in group: 5

Open to New Members? Yes

Focus/Genres: YA Fiction



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