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

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, then we'd like to talk to you.

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 carolmunro.personal@gmail.com.


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 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: mpknowles85@gmail.com.

 

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. Priscilla@priscillaalpaugh.com.

 

MA - 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 - Brookline/Newton/Cambridge and Beyond:

A new critique group for Writers/Illustrators of picture books is now forming. (Only a writer? No problem.) Because many published souls gather with their critique partners frequently, this one will be scheduled to meet virtually twice a month, although exact dates and times will be determined by its 3-5 members. Focus is to be on giving feedback on work presented, but if time allows, the sharing of any industry information is encouraged, too. Prior experience with writing is needed (e.g. critique participation, publishing, or placement in contests, etc.). For further information, contact Sheila at skberenson@gmail.com.

 

MA - Cambridge:

This Middle Grade Writers Critique Group has met online every two weeks, Thursday at 6:30 since 2019.  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 BudandDha@gmail.com. Looking forward to working with you.

 

MA – Concord:

Walden Writers: We are a group of five, 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 some middle grade. If you are OK with reviewing all those genres--i.e. a mix, and whatever you would like to bring, of course--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 eugenehpool@gmail.com or Linda Booth Sweeney at lbsweeney@verizon.net.

 

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 and visit https://www.thewritersloft.org.

 

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 meet via Zoom once per month at 8:00 pm, generally on Thursdays. We submit any work we want critiqued before our meeting. We spend approximately 15 - 20 minutes per person, depending on how many people are at the session, there is room for six people total. Please contact Jessie Kravette at kravers@verizon.net for more details.

 

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- 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: info@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: https://www.theroomtowrite.org/about/the-room/critique.

 

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 nicolemarkel@comcast.net. [Currently not accepting new members]