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)


VT – Brattleboro
Do you live in Southern VT or Southern NH and wonder where all the children's writers are? We are an MG/PIX Book group that meets on Thursday's. We welcome you and your work. We provide critique and support and share information as we work towards publication. Critiques are not required. Writers can choose critique partners or bring something to the whole group. Writing prompts may pop up from time-to-time. Please contact Mara Berkley at for details. Put nescbwi in the subject! Newbies be not afraid. Look forward to hearing from you!

VT - Burlington (South)
We are a small critique group that meets every three weeks to share MG-YA fiction. If you are interested in joining or being paired with a beta-reader, please send a short sample of your writing to

VT - Mid-state Vermont (near Hanover, NH & White River Junction, VT, in Fairlee, VT)
Writers and illustrators welcome to crit and discuss work (PB, other welcome) experience with the process preferred. Monthly meeting. Contact

VT - Wilmington
Please join us for the Southern Vermont SCBWI critique group. The group will meet at 6:30 pm on the Third Thursday of each month in a tiny cottage on a beautiful parcel in picturesque Wilmington, Vermont. Organized by C.C Fogel a rogue poet turned children book author, the group will be open mic style. The primary focus of the critique group will be writing for children- all levels are welcome.  E-Mail for more information.