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)

Rhode Island

RI – Providence
We are a small critique group that welcomes authors writing for children (PB, MG, YA, GN) in any genre with the goal of publication. We focus on giving and receiving supportive constructive criticism and feedback, affording each member equal time to share their work. Full manuscript critiques can be planned a month or two in advance. Meetings are held monthly on the third Tuesday in the evening (still over Zoom for now but looking forward to meeting in person again soon). Please contact Marie at with interest.

RI - Smithfield
THE SATURDAY CLUB (inspired by the Saturday club of authors that used to meet at The Parker Hotel in Boston) is an all day intensive writing group and gathering. It is located at THE STORY EMPORIUM in The Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main Street - Suite 8216, Pawtucket RI. It is open for all chidren's writers for networking and critique. It is once a month. Contact

RI - Westerly
I am forming a new, small group of picture book writers and writers/illustrators. I am looking for serious writers willing to give and receive feedback! We will share our work and use the "sandwich" method: positive feedback, constructive feedback, finish with a positive note. If interested, please contact Karen at ; our initial meeting will mostly likely be "Zoom" to discuss the details.