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!

Nancy Karuzis, Central New England (MA)

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

Tracy Newman, Southern New England (CT, RI)



Massachusetts

MA – Amherst/Northampton:

This group currently meets on Zoom on the third Wednesday of each month from 7-9 p.m. Open to all writers and illustrators at every level of experience. Contact Carol at carolmunro.personal@gmail.com.

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 (http://writersrumpus.com). Please contact Marianne Knowles to confirm meeting date and time, and to receive group guidelines. Contact mpknowles85@gmail.com.

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

The Greater Boston Illustrators' Group has limited availability for new members. Contact Priscilla@PriscillaAlpaugh.com for more information.

MA- Greater Boston-North Shore

PB/Early Chapter Book Writers: New critique group forming that will meet at various locations around Lynnfield/Peabody/Burlington area. 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 snowman910@yahoo.com (Rest assured, chocolate will be provided!)


Boston Area - Jamaica Plain:

Our critique group focuses on the craft and writing of picture books, with the goal of publication. We meet monthly to provide each other with feedback, share industry knowledge, and other inspiration. The current meeting format is virtual but we plan to meet up in person again as soon as it is safe to do so. New members will be asked to submit a writing sample. Please contact lynn.holmgren@gmail.com

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 BudandDha@gmail.com. I look forward to working with you. 

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 near Sunderland Mass, accessible to southern NH and VT.  We meet at various locations on fourth Tuesdays. We will move back to the Sunderland Public Library when the librarians can open the building to public groups. Contact Nell Wright at nellwright79@gmail.com 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.com for details.

MA - Hudson:

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 pre-submitted critique at every other meeting. For more information contact writersloftma@gmail.com and visit www.thewritersloft.org

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 writersloftma@gmail.com or visit www.thewritersloft.org.

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 pdturco@msn.com.


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: siwanisziw@yahoo.com.

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 jmw414@comcast.net.


MA – Sharon:

We have openings for two more people in our picture book critique group. We would like one to be an illustrator. All levels are welcome. We’ll meet via Zoom once per month at 8:00 pm. We’ll submit any work we want critiqued before our meeting.  (We’re planning on having a Google Drive for sharing our documents ahead of time.) We’ll spend approximately 15 minutes per person, but don’t want to go super late so will probably only have time for 4 - 5 people per meet-up. Please contact Jessie Kravette at kravers@verizon.net for more details.


MA - South Shore/Hingham:

Are you a serious children's book writer? We meet every month. Please contact lisa@howlpress.com


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 edengott@sbcglobal.net .

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 nicolemarkel@comcast.net .


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: critique@theroomtowrite.org. 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 www.theroomtowrite.org/the-room/critique .