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.

We know that for many reasons, meeting in person with a critique group isn’t always possible. So we’d like to offer some ways to find a valuable critique group that don’t require an in-person meeting.

If you’d like to participate in a virtual/online critique group, please complete this survey:

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!

  • Beaver/Beaver Falls, PA
  • Erie, PA
  • Canonsburg, PA/Saint Clairsville, OH


Squirrel Hill Picture Book Illustrators

Openings: Yes

Day/Time: Postponed 

Location: Panera Bread

3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bring Images and Dummy Books to be Critiqued

Contact: Brittany Ashcraft –



North Hills Picture Book Illustrators

Openings: Yes

Day/Time: Fourth Fridays – from 6 – 9 pm –  Upcoming = March meeting Cancelled, April 24, May 22

Location: Panera Bread
4960 William Flinn Hwy, Allison Park, PA 15101

Bring Images and Dummy Books to be critiqued!

Contact: Julianna Zito –


Bethel Park Picture Book Illustrators/Writers

Openings: Yes

Day/Time: February 21, 2020 – canceled
6:00 – 8:00 pm

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

Contact: Kris Sacco


Peters Township

Openings: Yes

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

Location: Peters Township Public Library

Mondays: David Amaditz

Wednesdays: Stephanie Logue



Openings: Yes

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


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



North Hills

Openings: Yes

Day/Time: Fluctuates – based on group poll

Location: As of March 2020, meeting via Zoom.

Fluctuates! Usually a coffee shop.

Contact: Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan




Western PA SCBWI members interested in face-to-face manuscript critique groups
Western PA SCBWI members interested in online manuscript critique groups
Western PA SCBWI members interested in either face-to-face or online manuscript critique groups