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)

New Hampshire

NH – Montague/Greenfield Area
Calling writers of all types of children's books. Join us in the Montague/Greenfield area, accessible to southern NH and VT. We are meeting on the third Tuesday of the month at Carnegie Library in Turners Falls. Contact Nell Wright at

NH - Portsmouth
A Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Critique Group is starting up in Portsmouth NH for picture book creators.  This group will meet once a month (at a yet-to-be-determined location) in Portsmouth on Thursday evenings from 6-8 pm.  The group is open to all serious and aspiring writers and illustrators of children¹s picture books.  The purpose will be to share a work in progress and receive constructive feedback in a safe and caring environment. Contact Cindy Matthews at

NH - Souhegan Valley - Milford

SCBWI critique group meets the fourth Friday of the month at the Wadleigh Library in Milford, NH, usually in the A-V room. Open to all genres  picture books, middle grade or ya (fiction or non-fiction) and all levels of experience. We have one evening satellite group that is presently closed, and would like to start another for those who cannot attend during the day. Contact Sally Wilkins at for more information.