Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Sarasota County

Sarasota-Venice Critique Group

Group leader: Amy Brown

Contact info:

Date this form was submitted: Jan 11, 2018

When, where, and how often the group meets: Twice monthly, Thursdays, 10:30am-12pm, at members’ homes or community function rooms

Members in group: Six

Open to new members? Yes

What to bring to meetings: Members present a work in progress, on rotating basis, up to 10 pages. Members should read and write notes on the text prior to meeting as well as present critique at the meeting.

Focus/Genres: Children’s picture books, chapter books, middle grade and YA, all types of fiction as well as poetry.

Sarasota Scribblers

Group leader: Andrea Bevill


Contact info:


Date this form was submitted: 3/12/2016


When, where, and how often the group meets:

Barnes and Noble (4010 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231) the second Saturday of every month, 2-4pm


Members in group: 7


Open to new members? Currently putting people on a wait list. Will start a second group if enough people are interested.


What to bring to meetings: 5 – 10 pages of an MG or YA or a full PB manuscript. 4-6 copies.


Focus/Genres: PB, MG, YA

Monthly PAL Critique Group

Sylvia Whitman and Ryan Van Cleave have started a monthly PALS critique group at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota and welcome participants until they reach their max, which they think will be about 6.  If you’re interested, please email Sylvia at, and she will keep you in the loop.


Dates/time/place: 1st Monday of the month (at least to start), 7-9pm, Ringling College space TBD. The first three meetings will be 4/4, 5/2, and 6/6.


Format:  All genres from PB to YA welcome, but at least to start, we’ll look at novels only in small hunks.  Three participants will be eligible for critiques each month, but we can negotiate the logistics at our first couple of meetings.  Submit no more than 10 pages to the group 1 week in advance. First half hour we’ll talk market and writing biz, and then we’ll allot a half hour to each submission. Ringling is launching a BFA in creative writing in fall 2016, so we’re hoping to piggyback on all the great speakers and writing energy that will accompany that program.