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 Stacy Mozer at You can also see a q&a with Stacy Mozer about critique groups on Anna Eleanor Jordan's Blog.

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, email Stacy Mozer. You can also check back since this site is updated regularly.


CT - Avon
The Avon/Farmington Group is for MG and YA authors. We meet at the library. Contact Meera at for more details.

CT - Bethel
Sunday Scribes welcomes writers of Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction who are working toward publication and are willing to give/receive honest constructive critiques. For more information, contact Diane at

CT - Glastonbury
We are open for story crafters! "Connecticut Writers' Group" meets in Glastonbury, CT two Tuesdays a month at Barnes and Noble, 630-830 pm. Visit web site for further info and inquiries.

CT - Granby
This group is for picture book writers of all levels.  We meet weekends, once a month at the Granby Public Library.  In addition to critiques, we discuss children’s publishing, conferences, networking and the craft itself.  Please respond only if you are writing or revising picture books routinely, or a published author looking to receive and give constructive feedback on manuscripts.  Please contact:  Mary at for more details.

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

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

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 and click “Children’s Book Critique Group” for more information or email me at

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

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 with 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: 

CT - Weston

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