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.


Rajani LaRocca, Central New England (MA)

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

Tracy Newman, Southern New England (CT, RI)


MA – Amherst/Northampton
Ongoing group that originally met at the Hatfield Library and Jones Library. They are now meeting at the Forbes Library in Northampton on the 3rdWednesday of the month from 6-8pm. Open to all writers and illustrators at every level of experience. Contact Carol at
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 - Boston/GBIG (Greater Boston Illustrator's Group)
The Greater Boston Illustrators' Group has limited availability for new members. Contact for more information.

MA - Boston - Jamaica Plain
Picture book writers, let's inspire each other to new creative heights! Join together with other Boston-based picture book writers and dreamers to provide each other with feedback, share prompts, industry knowledge and advice, and other inspiration. This group welcomes writers at all stages of their careers who desire to write and learn alongside others, and can commit to meeting online at least once a month. If interested, please email

MA- Greater Boston-North Shore
PB/Early Chapter Book Writers
New critique group forming that will meet at various locations around Lynnfield/Peabody/Burlington
Are you an experienced writer who has had your share of rejects but remain forever optimistic (yes, we know who we are!)? I’m looking for PB/Early Chapter Book creators who often intersect with cover letters and queries and pour over industry news. We can help each other locate that elusive editor!
Touch base with Paula at snowman10@yahoo
(Rest assured, chocolate will be provided!)

MA - Cambridge
A Middle Grade Writers Critique Group is starting up in Cambridge, MA. This group will
meet twice a month in the beginning until we get to know each other and everyone has gone
at least once.  Then we can decide if once a month is sufficient. The group will meet in
Cambridge, MA just outside Kendall Square at my home. Day and Time to be determined
by the members. The group is open to all levels of experience. The purpose will be to share
a work in progress and receive constructive feedback in a safe and caring environment.
Contact Mike Shaps at I look forward to working with you.

MA - Concord
We are a diverse group of aspiring and established writers and illustrators who seek to
support one another on our journey to successful writing and publishing. Participant projects
have ranged from picture books and story blogs through YA and NA. We share our discoveries
as well as exchange feedback on manuscripts, queries, and pitches. There are plans for a BETA reader subgroup to meet separately to review longer works. The group meets monthly,
generally on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 3-5 PM via Zoom. To draw inspiration
from the Concord writers of the transcendentalism period, we will meet in person, in Concord,
MA when safety allows. We would welcome one or two additional members. Contact Nancy
Karuzis at for more information.
MA – Franklin County and beyond
Calling writers of all types of children's books. We're an established group still open to new
members that meets in Sunderland Mass, accessible to southern NH and VT.  We meet
the fourth Tuesdays at the Sunderland Public Library, 6 - 8. Same group that met in
Greenfield and will return when the new library is finished. Contact Nell Wright at for more information.

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 gfishbone@gmail.comfor details.

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 – Newton
Critique group is seeking a few more members. We are a group of experienced published and pre-published writers focusing on Middle Grade and YA fiction. We meet monthly on the 4th Wednesday of the month at the Newton Free Library. We are looking for writers with good critique skills and dedication to coming to group regularly. For more information please contact Josh Roberts at
MA – Orleans (Cape Cod)
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 - 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 writersloftma@gmail.comand 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 Writers' Loft Picture Book Critique Group generally meets on various Wednesday mornings (10:30am-12:30pm) and Thursday evenings (7-9pm) periodically each month. The PBCG is a drop-in group, so there is no need to attend every meeting. Meetings are limited to four manuscripts per meeting. Membership at The Writers' Loft if not required. For more information, email The Loft at or 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 - South Shore/Hingham
Are you a serious children's book writer? We meet the last Tuesday of the month. Please contact
MA - Sturbridge
A small critique group focusing primarily on picture books is accepting 1-2 more members. We meet in Sturbridge on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8pm. If you are a serious author looking to give and receive feedback on manuscripts and queries, contact Daryl 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 - Wakefield
Writers at all levels (PB – YA) and of all genres are welcome. RSVP and submit a writing sample 3 weeks prior to each meeting. Writing will be distributed 2 weeks prior to each meeting. Please submit writing that is approximately 10-minutes or 10-pages in length to: The Writers Critique Group meets the 3rd Thursday of every month 7:00 - 9:00 pm in the Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield Location: Ground Floor of the Americal Civic Center, 467 Main Street, Wakefield, MA. For more information visit