SCBWI Online Critiques report from Coordinator Margaret Roc

We started with a couple of groups in May 2015 and we now have 26 critique groups operating at the moment with a total of 142 members.  

The groups are made up as follows:

PB Writers                                       10 groups                                           62 members

PB Writers/Illus                               6 groups                                             30 members

PB Illus only                                      2 groups                                             9 members

JF                                                      4 groups                                             25 members

Middle Grade/YA                          1 group                                               4 members

YA                                                     2 Groups                                            7 members

Illus Only                                           1 Group                                              5 members

Total               26 Groups                  Total              142 members            

We have had great success resulting from our critique groups, so maybe you’d like to think of joining one.


Have you been thinking of getting into your writing and/or illustrating and WHOOPS! It’s suddenly the end of the year and you haven’t produced that masterpiece or even started?

Don’t despair. Hope is at hand.

Join one of our enthusiastic, supportive and amazingly helpful SCBWI Online Critique Groups to encourage and guide you to the completion of your dream.

There is nothing that gives me a greater thrill than hearing good luck stories from our Online Critique Group members such as Katrina McKelvey’s picture book  ‘Isla’s Family Tree’ Success Story in November SCBWI Newsletter and the exciting news from Jude Tynan who emailed me recently:


Hello Margaret

I wanted to let you know that my novel ‘First to Base is Ace’ is going to be published by Shooting Star Press next year. They are a small press, and only very new.

I wanted to tell you because I think being in the critique Group made all the difference.

Thank you for finding that group for me.

Jude Tynan


Check out the Online Critique Group information on the SCBWI website. If you are interested and you are prepared to commit to submitting your work and critiquing the work of others on a regular basis why not apply to be placed in a group to start off the New Year.


After each promotion there is a small flurry of applications from new members. However, often applicants have to wait a few weeks and in some cases a few months to get placed in a group or until we have enough members to start a new group.