SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Monthly Critique Groups

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 SoCal Writers meet every fourth Sunday of the month.

Inland Empire Writers meet every third Saturday of the month.

Bilingual Writers meet every second Tuesday of the month.

Author Illustrators meet every 3 months. This is a book dummy crtique only. Illustrators meet every second Saturday of the month.

 


Jump Here: SoCal Writers

Welcome SoCal Writers!

To support your writing, you’re welcome to join other PB, MG, and YA writers to get feedback on your pages.

WHEN:

SoCal writers critique groups meet at 2:00 p.m. after our main meet-ups on the fourth Sunday of each month. Our next meetings are scheduled for June 26, July 24, August 28, September 18, October 23, and November 20.

For June, please submit your pages to Bev Plass at socal-ra@scbwi.org by midnight on June 17 for our meeting on June 26.

Submissions for critiques are due via email by midnight on the Friday 0f the week before our meeting. For future meetings, please submit to Christine Henderson at cmhwrites@aol.com. The next due dates for submissions are July 15, August 19, September 9, October 14, and November 11.

WHAT:

We break into subgroups by type of writing–picture book, mid-grade, young adult–then read the submissions aloud to one another and then provide feedback.  We ask that if you would like to receive a critique, please participate by providing critiques to others.

Submission Guidelines:
 
  Picture Book (PB) Middle Grade (MG) / Young Adult (YA)
Submit to Submit to Christine Henderson at cmhwrites@aol.com

In the email subject line, write “PB Manuscript, (date of meeting).”

Submit to Christine Henderson at cmhwrites@aol.com
Submission deadline The Friday midnight a week before the meeting. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you miss the deadline, you can re-submit for the following monthly meeting. The Friday midnight a week before the meeting. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you miss the deadline, you can re-submit for the following monthly meeting.
Submission length Send in one manuscript. 1,000 words or less. Send in five pages (double spaced.)
Document type Word document (NOT Pages or PDF.) Word document (NOT Pages or PDF.)
Document name GENRE (PB), LAST NAME, FIRST, TITLE GENRE (MG/YA), LAST NAME, FIRST, TITLE
Document formatting Size 12 font, Times New Roman. Double spaced. 1 inch margin on all sides. Size 12 font, Times New Roman. Double spaced. 1 inch margin on all sides.
Document header Title/author last name (on the far left) and page numbers (on the far right) Title/author last name (on the far left) and page numbers (on the far right)
Example document Click here to download an example of an MG/YA submission.

 

MG/YA writers: If you are submitting a chapter that is later in the novel (not chapter 1), it is helpful to provide a “here’s what has happened so far” summary.  It is also helpful to the critiquer if you include a complete synopsis of the novel so they can judge the excerpt within the entire context of the novel. These are merely suggestions, not requirements, to help you maximize the quality of the feedback from your group.

First-time submissions: It is highly recommended you attend a  meeting once before participating in a critique group. That way, you will know the process we follow. It is important you know the process as this is a moment of vulnerability for members of the group. We want to guide and inspire, not crush our aspiring writers.

For more complete information on genre and guidelines, please check out this article.

WHERE:

Zoom meeting

A link will be provided via email prior to the event. If you are a SCBWI SoCal member, you are already on our email list. If you’d like to be added to our list, please email Bev Plass at socal-ra@scbwi.org


 Jump Here; Inland Empire Writers

Welcome Inland Empire Writers!

Come join other Inland Empire Writers of PB, MG, and YA  to discuss writing and publishing and critique our work.

WHEN:

Inland Empire critique groups are usually held the third Saturday of the month from 9:00 am to 1:00 am. Our next meetings will be held on June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, and November 19.

Pages for critique are due via email the second Friday of the month at midnight, unless otherwise noted. Please submit to: Carlene Griffith at cgriffith7338@gmail.com. The next due dates are July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14, and November 11.

WHAT:

A typical agenda involves announcements, discussions about query letters or submission guidelines, and critiques. Picture book, middle grade, and young adult submissions are welcome for critique. We read the submissions aloud to one another and then provide feedback. We also email critiques to one another. We ask that if you would like to receive a critique, please participate by providing critiques to others.
 
Submission guidelines:  12-point font, double-spaced, and between 4-5 pages. Occasionally there are expectations. Each entry should include the intended genre: YA, PB, or MG, author’s name, and a contact email at the top (header).

WHERE:

Zoom meeting

For more information or to attend, email Carlene Griffith at cgriffith7338@gmail.com

 

 

 


Jump Here: Bilingual Writers

Welcome Bilingual Writers!

Come join other bilingual Latinx writers to discuss writing and publishing and critique our work.

WHEN:

The Bilingual Critique Group meets virtually the second Tuesday of the month from 6:00-8:00pm. Our next meetings are scheduled for June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13.

WHAT:

Meetings are held in English. Latinx writers share their stories and experiences and offer written critiques.

We share all manuscripts via Google Docs for feedback. Email Nydia Armendia (the group organizer) ahead of time to let her know you’ll be sharing your MS. She will send an email with the names/emails of those participating, and you will then share your MS with those participants. Add your feedback to the doc, save, and send back to its author.

If you submit a manuscript and receive written feedback, don’t forget to reciprocate feedback. If you don’t have a manuscript to submit, but would still like to participate in Zoom meetings, you are welcome to. Do not feel obligated to provide written feedback, but you can if you would like.

Submission guidelines: We ask that manuscripts be no more than 4 pages long, Times New Roman, 12 inch font, double spaced, and with 1 inch margins on all sides. For MG and YA, feel free to include a paragraph at the top of your MS with background/setting/storyline, etc. All manuscripts will be sent via Google Docs.

WHERE: 

Zoom meeting 

For more information or to attend, email Nydia Armendia at narmendia33@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 


 Jump Here: Author Illustrators

Welcome Author Illustrators!

This critique group is specifically for people who both write and illustrate and have a goal to create dummies that can be submitted to publishers and/or agents. The purpose of this group is for writer/illustrators to have their dummies critiqued by fellow writer/illustrators. Those who write and illustrate meet quarterly, and it’s hosted by Samantha Winkler.

WHEN: 

Meetings are held four times a year on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Picture Book and Graphic Novel Dummies for critique are due two Sundays before the meetin via Dropbox. For more information, contact Samantha Winkler at sjwinkler@gmail.com. Our next meetings will be:

Saturday, August 27, 2022 (Submit work by Sunday 8/14)

Saturday, December 3, 2022 (Submit work by Sunday 11/13)

WHAT:

We will be meeting via Zoom with Breakout rooms of no more than 5 to a group.

After introductions, we will split into groups of Picture Book & Graphic Novel creators.

Spend time to create these stores that you can bring to the meeting. A book dummy is needed for the most positive participation. It can be line work, rough sketches with some color samples but please submit something to get the most out of the group. If you are a member of the group and you do not have something ready for the meeting you can still participate. The more feedback the better.

What should be critiqued? Placement of text from the manuscript, illustration elements and principles, pacing of the story, page turns etc. (the dummy as a whole).

Each member will have roughly 25 minutes for his/her work to be critiqued. Any additional comments can be placed in the CHAT.

Submission guidelines: The dummy should be submitted as a word doc or pdf to the Dropbox link provided.

Here are some helpful tips on creating a dummy:

https://taralazar.com/tag/how-to-make-a-picture-book-dummy-in-9-easy-steps/

https://taralazar.com/2009/02/22/picture-book-construction-know-your-layout/

WHERE:

Zoom meeting 

If you would like to be added to the group, please contact Samantha at sjwinklerart@gmail.com. Don’t be bashful.

 

 

 


Jump Here: Illustrators

Welcome Illustrators!

 

We critique illustrations during out monthly meeting.

Illustrations We Critique:

Monthly prompt – Prompt will be announced one month before the meeting

Portfolio hot seat – Illustrator can submit their portfolio to be reviewed by the group. You can ask once a year.

Any kidlit related Illustrations – Deadline for submitting to Shiho (socal-ic@scbwi.org) is one week before the meeting so we can prepare notes before the meeting. 

WHEN:

Every second Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Our next meetings will be held on September 10, November 12, and December 10.

WHERE:

For the time being we are meeting only via Zoom

Please email Shiho Pate at socal-ic@scbwi.org to receive the zoom link

 


 

 

Happy critiquing!

Art by Steve Bjorkman