Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Local Critique Groups

Critique groups are an important way to improve your craft. We offer a few of ways 405426_237074696376527_1697945193_nfor you to meet other members and join or form critique groups, whether for in-person meetings or online meetings.

First, at many county meetings, there will be a sign up sheet. You will then receive an email all those that signed up at that meeting from our critique coordinator.

The second way is to use our automated googledoc listing board called CRITCONNECT. Email and you will be sent an automated response outlining the rules and etiquette of the board and how to list, and also a link to the googledoc.

The third way is to post your critique group/member interest on our Facebook page and Twitter @SCBWISFNEB


The additional way is that we will hold occasional CRITIQUE CAFE’s – informal critique meetings at local cafe’s, libraries, or meeting rooms. In order to hold these meetings, we need the help of volunteers. If would like to help organize a critique cafe, please contact us.

It is your responsibility to follow up with colleagues to see if your writing and/or illustrating interests are aligned. Additionally, you are responsible for removing your name from the CRITCONNECT googledoc once you have joined a critique group.

Our Critconnect/Critique Group Information Coordinator, Nanette Heffernan, is happy to answer your questions about critique groups and CritConnect. She does not match you to a group or help you find members, as that is a personal endeavor based on your needs, writing, category, interest, location, timing, etc. But she can guide on how to use critconnect, let you know about groups that might forming, how to set up a critique group, what to look for and much more. Be sure to read The Give and Take of Critique Groups by Linda Sue Park.

Happy Critiquing!