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)


ME - Biddeford/Saco
I’m forming a small critique group for authors, illustrators and author/illustrators of children’s literature who work in picture book and/or middle grade genres.  I’m looking for dedicated kidlit creators who are serious about improving their craft and are willing to give and receive constructive, critical, and positive feedback for manuscripts,  illustrations — or both! We’ll meet once a month in the Biddeford/Saco, Maine area, and also offer critiques online, as needed. We'll be sure to have fun as well as keep each other posted about kidlit events. Please note that our group will follow the scbwi Code of Conduct, so please be sure to read that. ( If interested in joining, please email me at

ME - Portland
This Portland-area picture book writer and author/illustrator critique group will meet on the first Wednesday evening of each month from 6-8pm. We are a group of both published and hoping-to-be published members. We look forward to helping each other become the best writers and illustrators we can be. Please contact for more information.

ME - York/Kittery
This group meets on the first Saturday of the month from 9:30-11:30 at the Roast & Crumb coffee house on Route 1 off I-95.  Members are primarily interested in picture book writing and illustrating, but are happy to discuss all aspects of Children's literature and publishing. For more information, please email the group coordinator Melanie Kyer (  We are currently accepting new members.