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.


Nancy Karuzis, Central New England (MA)

Shannon Fitch, Northern New England (NH, ME, VT)

Tracy Newman, Southern New England (CT, RI)


CT – East Haddam/Connecticut River Valley (formerly Waterford)

A small critique group for picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels meets on zoom the second Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Additional outdoor critique meetups will be held at various historical and recreational locations in Connecticut during the summer months (TBD). Meeting signup is required for zoom and in person events. Participants will receive a reminder email before each meeting. Zoom link will be sent the morning of each meeting. Please respond only if you are writing in children's genre routinely or a published author looking to receive and give constructive criticism for manuscripts. For more information, please contact Susan R. Waide at or

CT – Fairfield County Picture yourself with a supportive group of PB creators! We take our craft seriously and have also developed a camaraderie that extends beyond the once-a-month meeting. We meet on the second Thursday of each month via Zoom to critique each other’s work, share industry news, and to give personal updates about submissions, contest entries, events, etc. People at all stages in their career, from pre-published to published, are welcome. If interested, please contact Pat Finnegan at

CT – Greenwich
Looking for children's book writers in and around Greenwich, CT (Fairfield County). YA and other manuscript formats welcome! The group focus is staying productive and asking the right questions of work to allow the best expression of your work. Group will meet via Google Meets or Zoom monthly according to interest and participation. Please contact Kathryn Merrifield at

CT - Glastonbury
The Glastonbury children's writing group welcomes all who write for children, picture books through YA. We meet in person at Barnes & Noble 175 Glastonbury Blvd on the third Thursday of the month from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Contact Connie Salmon at for more information.

CT - Guilford/Shoreline Area
The Shoreline Connecticut Writer's Group welcomes all who write for children, picture books through YA, and are interested in developing their craft. Our members range from first time writers to award winning published authors, and we offer constructive oral critique that meets each writer where they are. We meet in person on the first Wednesday of the month from 6-8pm at the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library in Madison. Please call the library first if weather or holidays may affect hours. We also have a bi-monthly newsletter that includes meeting information and other items of interest. Sign up for the newsletter by emailing at , or contact Laura at at  for more information.

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 - New Canaan
Hello Picture Book Writers of Lower Fairfield County! Jennifer Edwards is reviving the old picture book critique group that began at her house over ten years ago and then moved to Karen Jordan's but fizzled after she moved to California. Dust off your manuscripts and let's breathe life back into our great stories. Let's make our dreams come true. Contact Jennifer to get back on the monthly reminder. Meetings will be held in New Canaan, CT, right off the Merritt Parkway. We can adjust times and dates. Contact:

CT - South Windsor
We're forming a writer's critique group in South Windsor with a focus on Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction. Meetings will be monthly on the second Wednesday in the evening at the South Windsor public library. Our primary goal will be to give and get feedback so we can help each other prepare our best work for potential publication. Please contact Jim Johnson at to confirm meeting date and time. 

CT - Weston
Founded in 2010, the Westport-Weston Critique Group focuses on Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction, providing oral and written feedback for our members. Our goal is to share our writing, give and receive comments and support, and finesse our work to eventually submit for publication. We meet once a month on Tuesday evenings. Please contact Debbie McGinley at to inquire about potential openings in the group.