Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Critique Groups/Meet-Ups

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


East End Group

Openings: FULL

Contacts: Leah Pileggi : or Joan Wagman

Day/Time: Every other week, 7-9pm

Location: East End, private home.

Our group is for writers of all children’s book genres. Some writing experience preferred.


North Hills Picture Book Illustrators

Openings: Yes

Day/Time: Fourth Fridays – from 6 – 9 pm –  Upcoming = Dec 27, Jan 24, Feb 28, Mar 27

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

Bring Images and Dummy Books to be critiqued!

Contact: Julianna Zito –


Picture Book Illustrators/Writers-  Bethel Park

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



Openings: Full

Day/Time: One Monday each month (week varies), 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Location: Marcy Canterna’s home

Contact: Marcy Canterna


Online – Making Room for Rhyme

An online critique group community for rhymers only.

Openings: Yes

Day/Time:We meet monthly via Skype in 4-6 ppl groups. Times vary. Our members are throughout the US and globe!

Location: Facebook Group (This is a Closed group, please request to join.)

Contact: Debbie Vidovich

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: 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