New England SCBWI Critique Groups

NESCBWI Critique Groups are held, usually on a monthly basis, in communities throughout all the New England states. Each group is unique, shaped by the talents of the Critique Group Leader and the participants.

On this site you will see a list of the currently open critique groups in each state. If you have any questions, contact your local coordinator at necritiquegroups@gmail.com.

Don't see a group in your area? Fill out our critique group request form and we will contact you if a group becomes available. If you would be interested in starting a group, send a request to necritiquegroups@gmail.com. You can also check back since this site is updated regularly.


Thanks!

Rajani LaRocca, Central New England (MA)

Sally Wilkins, Northern New England (NH, ME, VT)

Cindy Rodriguez, Southern New England (CT, RI)



Connecticut

CT - Avon
The Avon/Farmington Group is for MG and YA authors. We are closed for now but may be adding new members soon. Contact Meera at meera7777@yahoo.com for more details.

CT - Berlin
Looking for picture book writers to start a critique group in or near Berlin, CT. This group is welcome to writers who are published or have a serious goal of becoming published. I would love to have rhyming picture book writers, but it is not a requirement. The group will meet once or twice a month. depending on what the group decides, at a time and place within 20 minutes of Berlin, CT. Contact: colleenomurphy@gmail.com

CT – Greenwich
Looking for Young Adult/Adult writers in Greenwich, CT. The group focus is staying productive and asking the right questions while providing meaningful feedback about a fellow writer’s work. Other manuscript formats - middle grade and picture book manuscripts - will be considered outside of the critique group space among writers and authors who fiddle around with multi-format work (I do!) and would like to exchange other works. The group will meet at the main Greenwich Library once per month. Please contact Kathryn Merrifield at kjmbny@gmail.com.

CT - Guilford/Shoreline Area
Once Upon a Shoreline Writer’s Group welcomes all and orally critiques any material (manuscript or portfolio) aimed at the children’s market. We draw from an area stretching from New Haven, CT east through Lyme and inland to Middletown and, in twenty-five years, our members have popped champagne corks 157 times for new contracts signed. The group currently meets at Guilford Community Center on the first Wednesday of every month from 7:00-10:00pm. Contact KathKud@aol.com

CT – Killingworth
Author/Illustrator John Himmelman is coordinating a critique group for writers and/or illustrators – focusing on picture books through middle grade. You don’t have to be published to join! We will discuss market news, submission success and failures, and everyone will have the opportunity to read his or her stories for constructive, honest feedback. Visit http://www.johnhimmelman.com and click “Children’s Book Critique Group” for more information or email me at jhimmel@comcast.net.

CT - Manchester
The Manchester Children’s Writers Critique Group welcomes authors writing for children in any type of genre with the goal of publication. We meet on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30-9:00pm. Please contact D. Scott Stewart at the email address above with inquiries, including potential openings in the group and updates in meeting locations and times. Contact dsstewart@cox.net

CT - Mystic
A small critique group for picture books and middle grade novels will be meeting at the Mystic and Noank Library monthly in Mystic, CT one weekday morning each month. Please respond only if you are writing in the children's genre routinely or a published author looking to receive and give constructive criticism for manuscripts. Please contact me at debadamson@comcast.netwith interest.

CT - Stamford
Looking for picture book writers to start a critique group in Stamford, CT. This group is welcome to writers with the goal of becoming published and those who would like feedback and support along the way. Group will meet once a month at a time and place agreed upon by the group. Contact: porsino41@gmail.com 

CT - Weston
The Weston Group is for MG/YA authors. We meet once a month on a Wednesday night. Contact Chris Friden at cfriden@optonline.netfor more details.