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)


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.

New NESCBWI Critique Group forming in Midcoast Maine
Are you a MG/YA writer seeking feedback on your WIP in the Camden area? I am forming a brand new critique group of 6-8 writers to meet monthly on a Tuesday evening. We will begin meeting on Zoom and switch to in person when the time is right. I led a group in CT for 10+ years and I hope to find a similar longterm core who are positive and committed to helping one another through drafting and revision. Each month we will exchange up to 15 pages and receive oral feedback followed by emailed comments. I am planning our first meeting for January 11th at 6PM. Please, let me know if you are interested: