SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Online Critique Groups


We hope you’ll find a great group here! If there isn’t an open group in your genre, fill out this form and we’d be happy to help you find or start a new group.


Picture Book Groups


Miami Picture Book Critique Group

Name of contact person for the group
Silvia Lopez
Email address
silvialopez1026@gmail.com
What is the focus of the group?
Picture Books
How many members are currently in the group?
28
Do you have openings for new members at this time?
Yes
When, where, and how often does the group meet?
Every other Thursday, 7 pm
What is the process for new members to become part of the group?
Must attend once before reading own manuscript
Do you have any additional group info you would like to include?
A great group. Very talented and very, very supportive

Grupo Crítica Literatura Infantil y Juvenil

Name of contact person for the group
Nydia Buch
Email address
nydia.buch@gmail.com
What is the focus of the group?
Picture Books
How many members are currently in the group?
11
Do you have openings for new members at this time?
Yes
When, where, and how often does the group meet?
Every other Thursday at 6:00 PM. Estern Time, via Zoom.
What is the process for new members to become part of the group?
To join the group, please contact:

 Nydia.buch@gmail.com (or) Cristinakeller56@gmail.com

Do you have any additional group info you would like to include?

Spanish Language


Ready Set Write {Full}

Name of contact person for the group
Julia Ruschmann and Ana Kelly 
Email address
jrrusch6@gmail.com,anakellyinla@gmail.com
What is the focus of the group?
Picture Books
How many members are currently in the group?
6
Do you have openings for new members at this time? 
No

If not, do you have a waitlist for potential members?

Yes

When, where, and how often does the group meet?
We meet the first Monday of the month at 7pm EST via ZOOM. Manuscripts are due via email to members the second Monday of the month. Critiques are due to individual members by the fourth Monday of the month. Members revise their manuscript and present it at the meeting.
What is the process for new members to become part of the group?
Send an email to Julia or Ana expressing your interest in joining our group. If we have an opening, we will invite you to attend our next meeting to meet our members and get a feel for how we run our group. This gives current group members a chance to see if you will mesh with the rest of the group. If everyone agrees, you can join the group and submit a manuscript for critique for the next month.
Do you have any additional group info you would like to include?
Our group members try to give meaningful, actionable feedback to each other. This requires a level of trust and time commitment from each member.

StoryStellars {Full}

Name of contact person for the group
Michelle Ramirez
Email address
mitch.ramirez8@gmail.com
What is the focus of the group?
Picture Books
How many members are currently in the group?
5
Do you have openings for new members at this time?
No
If not, do you have a waitlist for potential members?
No
When, where, and how often does the group meet?
Occasionally social zoom calls but critiques are all done through google docs and our private FB page.
What is the process for new members to become part of the group?
Simply need to show interest.
Do you have any additional group info you would like to include?
Manuscript submissions due by 15th every month and critiques due by end of same month. One ms submission per member per month max.

Sunshine Scribblers {Full}

Name of contact person for the group
Kim Nolan
Email address
kidlit@kimwnolan.com
Are you a current SCBWI member?
Yes
Does your group have a co-leader?
Yes
Name of co-leader
Liz Greaser
Co-leader email address
lgreaser@gmail.com
What is the focus of the group?
Picture Books, Illustration
How many members are currently in the group?
5
Do you have openings for new members at this time?
No
If not, do you have a waitlist for potential members?
Yes
When, where, and how often does the group meet?
We meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month on zoom from 7pm-8:30pm
What is the process for new members to become part of the group?
Send an email to group leaders, Kim or Liz expressing your interest. Include a link to your portfolio and a short bio. If we have an opening, the group will vote. If we think you’re a good fit, we’ll invite you to a meeting and you can decide if you want to join us.
Do you have any additional group info you would like to include?
This is an intermediate-advanced group of illustrators. You don’t need to be published but you must already have a background in illustration.

Yes, We Can! {Full}

Name of contact person for the group
Ruth Folit
Email address
rfolit@gmail.com
What is the focus of the group?
Picture Books
How many members are currently in the group?
5
Do you have openings for new members at this time?
No
When, where, and how often does the group meet?
Once a month at 6:30 pm usually on the third Monday of the month, using zoom.
What is the process for new members to become part of the group?
Contact me a the above address, or Alexis Hernandez-Hons at ahernandez.hons@gmail.com
Do you have any additional group info you would like to include?

We are a new group as of April, 2022


Online PB Critique Group {Full}

Name of contact person for the group
Sheila Herrera
Email address
SheilaAnnHerrera@gmail.com
What is the focus of the group?
Picture Books
How many members are currently in the group?
4
Do you have openings for new members at this time?
No
If not, do you have a waitlist for potential members?
Yes
When, where, and how often does the group meet?
We meet one evening a month via Zoom.
What is the process for new members to become part of the group?
Contact the host, Sheila Herrera, to discuss your expectations and to review the format and expectations of the group.
Do you have any additional group info you would like to include?
At this time, our group, which is limited to four (4) members meets once a month via Zoom. Each member reads one of his/her picture book manuscripts or may ask that another member read the manuscript. Members provide verbal feedback. Line edits can be requested from time to time, if needed. There is usually at least one person willing to do this. We are here to support each other in our writing journeys.

Get It Write {Full}

Name of contact person for the group
Taylor Girard
Email address
taylorgirard@gmail.com
Does your group have a co-leader?
Yes
Name of co-leader
Melissa Hope
Co-leader email address
lissa.horne@hotmail.com
What is the focus of the group?
Picture Books
How many members are currently in the group?
4
Do you have openings for new members at this time?
No
If not, do you have a waitlist for potential members?
No
When, where, and how often does the group meet?
Once per month via Zoom.
What is the process for new members to become part of the group?
If the group does decide on adopting a new member, we would request a writing sample, vote, and proceed from there.
Do you have any additional group info you would like to include?
All critique groups are different and finding one that gels with you while offering growth to you and you returning that favor can be tough. It’s out there though and if you don’t find it here, keep trying! You’ll find it/them!

PB and Young Readers {Full}

Name of contact person for the group
Thornton Blease
Email address
tblease@gm.slc.edu
Does your group have a co-leader?
Yes
Name of co-leader
Glorienne Polacheck
Co-leader email address
gloripgmp@gmail.com
What is the focus of the group?
Picture Books
How many members are currently in the group?
4
Do you have openings for new members at this time?
No
If not, do you have a waitlist for potential members?
Yes
When, where, and how often does the group meet?
Monthly on Zoom
What is the process for new members to become part of the group?
Send an email with a PB writing sample.

PB Groups for Author/Illustrators



Chapter Books


 


PB/MG/YA Groups


Plantation SCBWI Writer’s Critique Group

Name of contact person for the group
Elisa Becher
Email address

elisabecher@yahoo.com

What is the focus of the group?
Picture Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade Books
How many members are currently in the group?
7
Do you have openings for new members at this time?
Yes
When, where, and how often does the group meet?
First Sunday of the Month 12:30-3:00
What is the process for new members to become part of the group?
To be invited to meet the group to get acquainted.
Do you have any additional group info you would like to include?
We like to see if a perspective member is a good fit for the group, as well as for them. We are a very dedicated and loyal group cheering each other’s success’ on.

Palm Beach Gardens Critique Group

Name of contact person for the group
Jill Ross Nadler
Email address
JillRossNadler@gmail.com
What is the focus of the group?
Picture Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade Books, Young Adult Books, Nonfiction
How many members are currently in the group?
15
Do you have openings for new members at this time?
Yes
When, where, and how often does the group meet?
The fourth Wednesday of the month at 6PM via Zoom.
What is the process for new members to become part of the group?
Email JillRossNadler@gmail.com and you will be added to the list. We ask that new members don’t read at their first meeting so they can get a feel for our group.


Aventura Group

Name of contact person for the group
Stacy B Davids
Email address
drdavids@bellsouth.net
What is the focus of the group?
Picture Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade Books, Young Adult Books, Nonfiction, Illustration, Board Books
How many members are currently in the group?
10
Do you have openings for new members at this time?
Yes
When, where, and how often does the group meet?
We email 1 pb ms or 10 pages of a novel ONCE A MONTH, anytime during the month.
What is the process for new members to become part of the group?
Email the critique group leader your request to join the group, incl. brief background info about yourself and your area of writing interest or genre. Must have attended at least one SCBWI conference or have been a part of a critique group in the past. Must already have knowledge of writing for the genre you’re interested in, e.g. have read about how to write a publishable picture book or novel and understand the basic structure.
Do you have any additional group info you would like to include?
Members must be able to handle honest, constructive feedback. Process: Member emails ms pages to whole group, the other members reply with feedback to only the author usually within one week.

Midnight Muses {Full}

Name of contact person for the group
Jill Watson
Email address
JLW326@aol.com
What is the focus of the group?
Picture Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade Books, Young Adult Books
How many members are currently in the group?
4
Do you have openings for new members at this time?
No
If not, do you have a waitlist for potential members?
No
What is the process for new members to become part of the group?
Submit on the 1st, return critiques within a week or two, resubmit with revised and meet via Zoom towards the end of the month.
Do you have any additional group info you would like to include?
Limited to four members to allow for higher word count per submission

Novel Groups


Miami Prose

Name of contact person for the group
Marta Magellan
Email address
marta.magellan@gmail.com
Does your group have a co-leader?
Yes
Name of co-leader
Silvia Lopez
Co-leader email address
silvialopez1026@gmail.com
What is the focus of the group?
Middle Grade Books, Young Adult Books, Chapter Books, Nonfiction
How many members are currently in the group?
8
Do you have openings for new members at this time?
Yes
When, where, and how often does the group meet?
Every other Tuesday, 6 PM EST on Zoom
What is the process for new members to become part of the group?
They must attend the first meeting without submitting.
Do you have any additional group info you would like to include?
Although based in Miami, we have members from all over.

MG Masterminds {Full}

Name of contact person for the group

Debra Getts
Email address
debragetts@gmail.com
What is the focus of the group?
Middle Grade Books
How many members are currently in the group?
4
Do you have openings for new members at this time?
No
When, where, and how often does the group meet?
Sub and crits monthly; several times a year meet by Zoom, and 1x to 2x per year meet in-person hangout
What is the process for new members to become part of the group?
Must be an SCBWI member. Submit 3000 words sample pages for audition to debragetts@gmail.com and crit one page of each existing member’s wip.
Do you have any additional group info you would like to include?
Our goal is to help each other’s writing and stories flourish and to traditionally publish. Members must be agented or pre-published highly advanced (e.g., highly edcuated in craft, awards for wip, agent ms requests). Must join InkedVoices.com as that is where we sub and crit. Must meet deadlines, be responsive to group communications, professional, friendly, sense of humor, thoughtful critiques given, acceptance of critiques received (with full discretion to apply or not to wip, of course), committed to writing, committed to enriching children’s lives with books.

 


Wild About Chapter Books {Full}

Name of contact person for the group
Lorena Tejada
Email address
lorena.tejada1@gmail.com
What is the focus of the group?
Chapter Books, Middle Grade Books
How many members are currently in the group?
5
Do you have openings for new members at this time?
No
If not, do you have a waitlist for potential members?
No
When, where, and how often does the group meet?
Once a month via zoom
What is the process for new members to become part of the group?
Submit short synopsis and first 10 pages of a CB or MG story for group critique
Do you have any additional group info you would like to include?
We are an active & supportive group of children’s literature and illustration.