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.


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 - Portland
Portland area children’s picture book writers and illustrators, are you ready to do this? As a professional, the best thing that you can do for your writing career is get into a good critique group! Join us twice a month to share manuscripts and/or illustrations and shape works in progress. Our goal is to support each other with constructive, specific feedback that will help each of us present our best works for publication. We will also share experiences, knowledge, and information about the world of children’s publishing. Interested? Please email me at     

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.