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 necritiquegroups@gmail.com.

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 necritiquegroups@gmail.com. You can also check back since this site is updated regularly.


Thanks!

Rajani LaRocca, Central New England (MA)

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

Tracy Newman, Southern New England (CT, RI)



Connecticut

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 Srwaide@cs.com or https://www.waidecommunications.com



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 kjmbny@gmail.com.


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 are currently meeting virtually, but looking forward to returning to in person meetings at the Guilford Community Center. We meet the first Wednesday of each month from 7 - 9:30 pm. Contact Laura at lgjackson06443@gmail.com for more information.


CT – Killingworth
Author/Illustrator John Himmelman is coordinating a 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 http://www.johnhimmelman.com and click “Children’s Book Critique Group” for more information or email me at jhimmel@comcast.net.


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 dsstewart@cox.net

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: j5tahoe@gmail.com

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 jimjceleb@aol.com 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 debbie@mcginley.us.com to inquire about potential openings in the group.