Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Critique Groups/Meet-Ups

Hello writers and illustrators,

We want to support you in your writing and illustrating. Critique groups are an essential way to improve your craft. They are also incredibly helpful for learning about the business of writing and illustrating for children.

SCBWI recommends virtual events through 2021.

We are asking all critique groups to meet virtually or online.

If you’d like to participate in a virtual/online critique group, please contact the group leader listed on this page.

If you’d like to LEAD a virtual/online critique group, please email

Many virtual/online critique groups work by exchanging emails. We’d also like to offer any new or exisitng groups that contain at least ONE SCBWI member the chance to use our Zoom platform to host their group meeting. This requires some familiarity with technology, so please email Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan directly if you’d like to use this option.

Members Looking for Groups:

Please email if you’re looking for a group or want to help build a group!


NEW GROUP! PB Critique Group- Mars/Cranberry/surrounding areas

Openings:      Yes
Day/Time:     New group- TBD after new member interest
Location:        Zoom- until in person meeting is able to resume
Genre/Ages:   Picture book writers
Contact:         Jen Helwig: jenhelwig[at]


Online YA Critique Group 

Openings: Limited

Contact: Jenny Birch (jennifersbirch at

Email exchange


Zoom North Hills Picture Book Critique Group

Openings: Yes

Day/Time: Third Thursdays from 6pm – 8pm – upcoming dates –  August 18, September 15, October 20

Location: Panera Bread, William Flinn Hwy, Allison Park, PA 15101

Genre/Ages: Bring Images and Dummy Books to be critiqued!

Contact: Julianna Zito –



Zoom North Hills Critique Group

Openings: Yes

Day/Time: Fluctuates – based on group poll in a Slack Group

Location: As of March 2020, meeting via Zoom.

Genre/Ages: Mostly PB, some magazine, some MG

Contact: Nicole M (manages scheduling)

Contact if interested in joining via Slack.



Online PA PB Critiques

Openings: Yes

Day/Time: Ongoing

Group Procedures: Manuscripts are due the 15th of each month via Google Docs and critiques are due by the 30th of each month.  This group is written feedback only, we don’t have Zoom meetings.

Contact Jeff Checcio – jcheccio[at]


Squirrel Hill Picture Book Illustrators

Openings: Yes

Day/Time: Postponed 

Location: Panera Bread

3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Genre/Ages: Bring Images and Dummy Books to be Critiqued

Contact: Brittany Ashcraft –


Bethel Park Picture Book Illustrators/Writers

Openings: Yes

Day/Time: Postponed

Location: Panera Bread South Park Shops
5243 Library Rd, Bethel Park PA 15102

Contact: Kris Sacco


Peters Township

Openings: No

Day/Time: Mondays, 7:00 to 9:00 pm;
Every other Wednesday, 10:00 am-Noon

Location: Peters Township Public Library

Virtual Option:  occasionally will meet virtually with Google hang out

Genre/Ages: PB to YA, fantasy, finction and NF

Mondays: David Amaditz



Openings: No

Day/Time: 3rd Saturday of the month, 1:00-3:00 pm


Genre/Ages: Middle Grade historical fiction / YA historical fiction / YA Scifi

Contact: Audrey Iacone



State College, PA: PennCraft

Openings: Yes

Day/Time: every other Thursday (from Aug 22, 2019)

Location: At the State College Wegmans at 7 pm

Contact: Megan Gregor