Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Pinellas County


To go ever-higher and reach lofty goals in our writing

Group leader: Monique L. Desir

Contact info: and cell 727-276-2914

Date this form was submitted: 6/3/2017

When, where, and how often the group meets: Saturdays, twice a month. That way, we will have time to work on our manuscripts in between. We can meet at Panera's Bardmoor 9-11. Eventually, we can meet at Largo Public Library.

Members in group: This group is just starting out and is actively seeking members.

Open to new members? Yes, please.

What to bring to meetings: Copies of your manuscript that you want critiqued, chapter outlines, and a pen/pencil.

Focus/Genres: Open to any; however, we focus primarily on fiction (MG and YA as well as New Adult genre)

Pen It Dunedin

Group leader: Joyce Stotts

Contact info:

Date this form was submitted: 1-6-17

When, where, and how often the group meets:  Once a month, on 3rd Wednesday @ 10:00 – Noon at the Dunedin Library

Members in group:  Three

Open to new members?  Yes

What to bring to meetings: Work that you would like to share by reading aloud.  The group will provide feedback.  

Focus/Genres: Open to all. 

Clearwater Critique Group

Contact person: Penny Taub,

Genres: Picture Books, early chapter books, short magazine arts, fiction and non-fiction

How often the group meets: First and third Wednesday of each month, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Number of members: Currently 3—open to having four.

Open to new members: YES! Open to adding one more member via manuscript submission/application. Contact Penny ( for more information.

New Middle Grade/Young Adult Group Forming

Penny Taub ( and another author are forming a new middle grade/young adult critique group. The group will meet once a month in the evenings, time and place to be determined. Looking for a group? Contact Penny for more information!

St. Petersburg SCBWI Critique Group

Group leader: Gail Lenhard

Contact info:  or 727-452-1752

Date this form was submitted:   January 5, 2017

When, where, and how often the group meets:   We try to meet once a month at the a local Public Library or in someone’s home – dates vary depending on everyone’s schedule

Members in group:  Right now, we have six in our group           

Open to new members?   Yes, but will cap the group to eight members.

What to bring to meetings:  Members are asked to bring several copies of what they want to share with the group.  During the meetings, we will critique each other’s work as well as discuss other topics of interest – contests, writing for magazines, websites, and other resources that are of interest.

Focus/Genres:   Our focus is to help and encourage each other in our writing. Our group has emailed each other stories for critiquing. We cover all genres – poetry, picture books, middle grade, and young adults. 

Skyway Writers

Group leader: Theodora “Teddie” Aggeles


Date this form was submitted: 1/18/2016

When, where, and how often the group meets: Every other Wednesday at 8:30 am until 1 pm. We alternate with one Wednesday a month at the 4th Street Panera in St. Petersburg and the other Wednesday each month at Peaches Restaurant in Ellenton. We take thirty minutes for breakfast and updates on publishing successes or near misses and information about upcoming SCBWI happenings. Then we spend four hours to read each manuscript aloud and talk about the critiques we’ve prewritten.

Members in group: We have 6 members in our group.

Open to new members? Not at this time. We spend four hours reading and critiquing and have found we cannot do this with more than 6 members.

* People can email to be placed on a waiting list should one of the present members leave the group.

What to bring to meetings: A prospective new member would send a sample of their writing and visit one meeting to be sure the critique process suited their style. 

Focus/Genres: Our members are writing a mix of YA and MG novels.