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)


Looking for Co-leaders:

The Amherst/Northampton (Massachusetts) crit group, currently managed by Carol Munro and Mary Cleary, is looking for experienced, knowledgeable writers or illustrators to help co-lead the monthly group meetings. If you:

• have leadership skills,

• can lead meetings on Zoom,

• are dependable,

• and can be available on the evenings of the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Co-leaders share hosting responsibility (four leaders would mean you'd lead three meetings per year). Please let us know of your interest by emailing Carol at  

MA – Amherst/Northampton:

This group currently meets on Zoom on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7-9 p.m. except in November when we meet outside the Thanksgiving holiday week. 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, or virtually via Zoom. Find out more about some of our members at our group blog, Writers’ Rumpus ( Please contact Marianne Knowles to confirm meeting date and time, and to receive group guidelines:

MA - Boston/GBIG (Greater Boston Illustrator's Group):

The Greater Boston Illustrators’ Group meets in person the second Wednesday of each month from 6:45 - 9:00 pm at The Weston Public Library in Weston, MA. Contact Priscilla for more information.

MA- Boston/North Shore:

A critique group is meeting either at Barnes and Noble in Peabody or Burlington. Looking for experienced writers of board/picture books and/or early chapter books. Let's drink coffee or tea or whatever and inspire each other! Muffins will always be waiting for you! Get in touch with Paula at


MA - Brookline/Newton/Cambridge and Beyond:

A small critique group for experienced picture book writers** meets every two weeks on Thursdays, late afternoon, and primarily online. (Writer/illustrators may ask for their art to be reviewed, as well). Every 6-8 weeks, the group meets in person in Needham. The focus is on the critique, but if time allows, the group may also move into industry news.  At this time, 1-2 slots are open. (** “Experienced picture book writers" is defined as writers who have been published in a traditional house, have placed in a major writing competition, have attended semester-long writing classes, etc.) For further information, contact Sheila at


MA - Cambridge:

This middle grade writers critique group meets online every two weeks, Thursday at 6 o’clock.  We are currently looking for new members. The group is open to all levels of experience. Our purpose is to share 2 works in progress and receive constructive feedback in a safe and caring environment. We are not a drop-in group but are looking for more people who want to commit to these biweekly meetings.  When we reach our limit, we can start a waitlist. We are open to people outside of Massachusetts. Please contact Mike Shaps at Looking forward to working with you.


MA – Cape Cod/ Hyannis:

Cape Cod Critique Group is now forming. Writers and writer-illustrators of all levels and genres are welcome. We will meet the second Tuesday of the month from 6-7 at the Barnes and Noble in Hyannis, MA. Bring up to 6 pages of your work in progress, each member will be given an allotted time for a critique of their work. For more information please contact Kate Lynch at


MA – Concord:

Walden Writers: We are a group of writers, all of whom have published, submitting regularly to agents and publishers. We are a mix of picture book, YA nonfiction and fiction, science writing, and middle grade. We are open to new members who are actively writing, submitting, and who are willing and interested in reviewing a variety of genres. We meet the first Saturday of each month in Concord at the Concord Library. and would love to have you come for a visit and see if our group is a fit for you and us. Please email Eugene Pool at or Linda Booth Sweeney at


MA - Hudson:

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 and visit


MA – Sharon:

We have openings for two authors in our picture book critique group. All levels are welcome. We meet via Zoom once per month at 8:00 pm on Thursdays. We submit any work that we want critiqued before our meeting and we spend approximately 15 - 20 per person giving feedback and discussing. (Amount of time spent depends on how many people have work and attend. The full group will be six people). We follow both self-published and traditionally published tracks. One of the members is also an illustrator. Please contact Jessie Kravette at for more details.

MA - Sturbridge:

A small critique group focusing on picture books is accepting 1-2 more members. We meet virtually for now 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- Wakefield:

KidLit writers of picture book through young adult, all levels. 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 KidLit Critique Group meets the 2nd Tuesday 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:

MA- Wakefield:

Writers at all levels 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:

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 group 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 [Currently not accepting new members]