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.


MA - Amherst
Ongoing group that originally met at the Hatfield Library and Jones Library. They are now meeting at the Eric Carle Museum on the last Tuesday of the month from 6-8pm. Open to all writers and illustrators at every level of experience. Contact

MA - Andover
The group meets the second or third Wednesday of the month from 7-9 PM at The Memorial Hall Library Activity Room in Andover. Find out more about some of our members at our group blog, Writer’s Rumpus ( Please contact Marianne Knowles to confirm meeting date and time, and to receive group guidelines. Contact

MA - Belmont/Newton/Watertown Area
Are you interested in getting published? Come join like-minded children's authors and illustrators in our now established critique group. We are mostly picture book writers, a few illustrators, and some of us write up through middle grade. There is periodic turnover and I'm happy to bring you in as space becomes available. Contact Drew Dyer at if interested.

MA - Berkshires
Do you live in the Berkshires and wonder where all the children's writers are? We did too, so we have started a group that meets at the Lee Library on the first Thursday of the month. On snow days we critique via email. PB, chapter book, MG, or YA, we welcome you and your work. We provide critique and support and share information as we work towards publication. Please contact Barbara Sinopoli at for details.

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

MA – Cape Cod
The Cape Cod Children’s Writers are a group of picture book, MG and YA writers dedicated to improving each other’s manuscripts and working toward varying paths to publication. We are also associated with the Cape Cod Writer's Center. We are currently closed to new members, but are compiling a waitlist. For more information go

MA - Concord
We are the Walden Writers, a children's group that meets once a month in Concord, MA. We are looking for a new member to join our group. We are a mix of authors and author/illustrators tending to lean towards picture books, non-fiction, and poetry for children and adolescents. We meet on the first Saturday of the month at the Concord Public Library.

We are particularly interested in finding a new member who is already writing and submitting. If you are a published author--or if you have a drawer full of rejection notices--we welcome you. Please contact Linda Booth Sweeney or Eugene Pool

MA - Groton
Our ongoing critique group meets on or around the third Wednesday of the month in Groton. We're looking for serious authors with a focus on middle-grade and YA fiction, although occasional side trips may be made into nonfiction and picture book projects. Current members have projects in historical fiction, science fiction, and paranormal genres. Contact for details.

MA - Lexington
Looking for picture books, especially those who focus on rhyming. I am looking for serious authors that are willing to give and receive good feedback for their manuscripts. We’ll meet in Lexington and also offer critiques online. Should you be interested, please email me at

MA - Martha's Vineyard
Martha’s Vineyard children’s writers unite! Join us twice a month to share manuscripts. Our primary goal will be to give and get feedback so we can help each other send off our best work for publication. We will also share knowledge about publishers, marketing, agents, and any other information we may have or find about children’s publishing. We are still looking for a few new members. Contact Deb at

MA – Montague/Greenfield Area
Calling writers of all types of children's books. We're an established group still open to new members that meets in the Montague/Greenfield area, accessible to southern NH and VT. Contact Nell Wright at for more information.

MA - Newburyport
We are a group of eager writers in children’s literature. We focus our writing in MG and YA fiction in various genres. We support each other through online critique exchange and monthly Saturday critique meetings, where we rotate responsibility to research and lead discussion on aspects of writing important to the group. All members hope to bring our works to publication. We welcome contact by writers with similar goals. Contact Paulette Turco at

MA - North Attleboro
Looking to start a critique group in North Attleboro primarily for middle grade writers who are interested in getting published. YA and children’s book writers also welcome. For more information, please contact Sue Jelley at 

MA - Orleans
We meet at the Chocolate Sparrow in Orleans, MA on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from noon to 2 pm. There is a strong focus on picture books (several members are published) but some of us write chapter books and juvenile novels that are in various stages of composition and pitching. We would like to invite one or to new members available during the winter months for a tryout. Please email:

MA - Peabody
Small critique group meets in Peabody but is currently on hiatus for about a month.  We will be seeking new members after April 1. We are open to, and eager to read, all children's genres.  Please contact Joan Williams at

MA – Reading
Looking for MG and YA writers to join a critique group based north of Boston. Please contact Laura Wilson at for more details. 

MA - Sharon
Looking for writers and illustrators of picture books. All levels welcome. Please contact Jessie Kravette at for more details.

MA - Sherborn
The Middle Grade Critique Group at The Writer's Loft is held on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7pm and the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 10am. We will be alternating between spontaneous critique and presubmitted critique at every other meeting. For more information contact and visit

MA - Sherborn
The YA Think Tank at The Writer's Loft is designed to help YA writers at any stage of the writing process. Our goal is to help fully develop material from conception to the final draft. We'll workshop problematic scenes, troubleshoot character development, work through big picture issues, assist in brainstorming for that new concept, and review your submission package. The group meets the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10am - 12pm. For more information contact and visit

MA - Sherborn
The Picture Book Critique Group at The Writer's Loft meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7pm. We read aloud each manuscript and offer feedback in a friendly discussion-based forum. Limit to 4 manuscripts per meeting to ensure they are all given the proper time and care. Open to all on a drop in basis with priority for critiques given to those who attend more frequently. For more information contact and visit

MA - Sherborn
Have you ever wanted to write work-for-hire but don't know how to get in the door? Are you writing a memoir or some other type of nonfiction project? Join us in the Nonfiction Think Tank at The Writer's Loft. We meet the first Friday of each month at 10am. For more information contact and visit

MA- Somerville
Our established critique group has an opening for a new member! We meet once a month on a Sunday in Davis Square. Our members write everything from picture books to YA, and we work to support one another throughout the writing and submission process. We write across genres, including non-fiction, fantasy, and poetry. We are looking for someone interested in a long-term commitment to the group, who is willing to give and receive constructive criticism. For more information, contact Sarah at

MA - South Shore/Hingdam
Are you a serious children's book writer? We meet the last Tuesday of the month. Please contact

MA - Springfield
Looking for Springfield area writers, picture books through YA authors.  Meetings will be held twice a month to critique manuscripts and share knowledge about publishers, marketing, agents, and other information about children’s publishing. Meeting location/schedule will be determined by member consensus. Contact Cicily Corbett at

MA – Western Mass
Do you dream in 32 page spreads?  Do you rattle off daily routines in rhyme?  Do you live and breathe to construct the perfect query letter?  Do you dig writing picture books? Do you fiddle with metered verse? If you answered yes to any of the above, this is the group for you.  Take the plunge towards the golden ticket of publication and join our new group beginning in the Westfield/Southwick area (close ride for Northern CT).   This is a strictly picture book group for all writers serious about their craft. Please be willing to share and read others' work and provide/accept support and constructive criticism. All members hope to bring our works to publication. We welcome contact by writers with similar goals.  Meeting location/schedule will be determined by member consensus.  The potential for online critique will also be discussed.
Contact Nicole Markel at

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

MA - Western Worcester County
Looking for writers of YA and MG. The group will provide critiquing opportunities, writing prompts and exercises, information on how to get your work published, support when you are stuck and more. Please e-mail Jenn Grybowski at for more information. 

MA - Worcester Writers and Illustrators

Worcester group for writers and illustrators meets on scheduled Saturdays at the Worcester Public Library at 3pm. Open to PB, MG, and YA. Will meet monthly and email critiques in between. Contact Brook at for more details.