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

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 You can also check back since this site is updated regularly.


Rajani LaRocca, Central New England (MA)

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

Cindy Rodriguez, Southern New England (CT, RI)


NESCBWI is looking to list illustrator and author illustrator groups in the New England area. If you have a group you would like to have listed, or if you would like to learn more about finding or forming a group in your area, please contact our illustrator coordinator Denise Ortakales at

CT – Hartford Area
A brand new critique group is forming for Illustrators and Writer/Illustrators for children in any type of genre with the goal of publication. Initial dates and structure to be determined by group consensus. Please contact Aileen Casey at for more details.

CT – Killingworth
Author/Illustrator John Himmelman is coordinating a new 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

MA – Amherst/Northampton
Ongoing group that originally met at the Hatfield Library and Jones Library. They are now meeting at the Forbes Library in North Hampton on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6-8pm. Open to all writers and illustrators at every level of experience. Contact

MA - Boston/GBIG (Greater Boston Illustrator's Group)
The Greater Boston Illustrators' Group has limited ability for new members. Contact for more information.

MA - Westhampton
ILLUSTRATOR SUNDAY- A critique group open to illustrators and author/illustrators. Meetings are held once a month on Sundays. New location in Westhampton. Contact Emily Wayne emilyrwayne@hotmail to get on mailing list for date and time. Co-leader Ruth Sanderson

RI – Providence
Looking to start a critique group for picture book writers and illustrators, though open to everyone. Manuscripts, illustrations, work-in-progress feedback. Anyone interested please email me and we can work out suitable location and time. I look forward to meeting you and sharing ideas! Kim Fleming,

VT - Mid-state Vermont (near Hanover, NH & White River Junction, VT, in Fairlee, VT)
Writers and illustrators welcome to crit and discuss work (PB, other welcome) experience with the process preferred. Monthly meeting.



  1. I am desperately interested in starting a critique group for writers/illustrators in New Hampshire around the Concord area. Anybody from around there? Anybody at all? Hello?

    1. I apologize, I thought my contact info would appear automatically! Sonika Schroeder or Thanks!