Critique Groups

Welcome to the SCBWI-IL Critique Groups Page!  Individuals and Groups are listed separately by type and then alphabetically. Individuals may query group contacts and group contacts may query individuals to find a Critique Group fit.  Query using the MESSAGES function through your Member Profile.  If an email is provided, you may query using that email. Page Updated August 2016.

 

INDIVIDUALS

 

Author/Illustrators Looking for a Critique Group

Name: Janie Baskin Contact via SCBWI Messages              
Type: Picture Books  (experienced writers only)
Preferred Location: Northshore Chicago- Northbrook, Glenview, Highland Park, Glencoe, Wilmette, Arlington Heights area



Illustrators Looking for an Illustration Critique Group

Name: Rosario Carrillo Contact via SCBWI Messages
Preferred Location: Western Suburbs or open

Name: Doug Cenko Contact via SCBWI Messages
Preferred Location: Chicago—Northwest side



Writers looking for an Online Critique Group

Name: Jenna Feldman jenninghana@yahoo.com
Type: Picture Book/Non-fiction ages 2-5 years

Name: Rebecca Dolence rebecca_dolence@yahoo.com
Type: YA/Fantasy

Name: Amy Potts-Ostrowski Contact via SCBWI Messages
Type:YA (primary focus) and MG Fiction

Name: Shanah Salter shanah.salter@gmail.com
Type: Early Reader/Chapter Books

Name: Beatrice Watson bwatson@ja-wa.biz
Type: Young Adult & Adult / Fiction: Suspense, Paranormal, Relationships,Inspirational, Historical & Coming of Age

 

 



Writers looking for a Critique Group

Name Miata Boayue miataboayue@gmail.com
Type: MG Fantasy
Preferred Location: all Chicago (Lakeview and Lincoln Park most convenient)

Name Robin Corelitz rmcoreliyz@gmail.com
Type: YA Fiction
Preferred Location: Park Ridge or Northern/Northwest Suburbs

Name: Rebecca Dolence rebecca_dolence@yahoo.com
Type: YA Fantasy
Preferred Location: Burbonnais

Name: Jenna Feldman jenninghana@yahoo.com
Type: Picture Book/Non-Fiction ages 2-5 years
Preferred Location: Lincoln Park

Name:John Levine  jclevine@sbcglobal.net or
Type: MG
Preferred Location: Northern suburbs

Name:Barb Ostapina, barb@InfoMattersResource.com
Type: Picture Book/Fiction and Non-Fiction
Preferred Location:Oswego or Chicago West Suburbs

Name: Amy Potts-Ostrowski Contact via SCBWI Messages
Type:YA (primary focus) and MG Fiction
Preferred Location:Western Suburbs

Name: Shanah Salter shanah.salter@gmail.com
Type: Early Reader/Chapter Books
Preferred Location: Winnetka or North Shore

Name: Beatrice Watson bwatson@ja-wa.biz
Type: Young Adult & Adult / Fiction: Suspense, Paranormal, Relationships,Inspirational, Historical & Coming of Age
Preferred Location: Hyde Park to Near North Side preferred

 





GROUPS


Online Critique Groups

Critique group contact person: B.A. Binns atcol@babinns.com  or via website contact form: http://www.babinns.com/contact-me/
Critique group name: N/A
Acceptable genres/formats: Any with the exception of Picture Book
Meeting regularity:Online–1st and 3rd week of the month on Saturday (Note: Current members are discussing possibility of a change of schedule.)
Any additional critique member requirements: We exchange documents via email. Also, we cap membership at six  Currently there are three members.
Trial Period (if applicable):Provisional membership for the first three online meetings to let everyone determine if this will be a good fit.
 

FULL: Not taking new members
Critique group contact person: Emily Elliff Tindill emy43@family-net.net 
Critique group name: Obits
Acceptable genres/formats: MG & YA Fiction
Meeting regularity: Online–Submit on Sunday, critiques due in the following Saturday
Any additional critique member requirements: We exchange documents via email, so there is time to read and begin analysis prior to the meeting. Also, we cap membership at six so there is time for everyone to give/get critiques at meetings. Currently there are three members.
Trial Period (if applicable):No trial period needed if you're the right fit forthe group.
 


Writing Critique Groups Looking for New Members

Critique group contact person: B.A. Binns atcol@babinns.com  or via website contact form: http://www.babinns.com/contact-me/
Critique group name: N/A
Acceptable genres/formats: Any with the exception of Picture Book
Meeting regularity: 1st and 3rd week of the month on Saturday (Note: Current members are discussing possibility of a change of schedule.)
Meeting location and time: Arlington Heights
Any additional critique member requirements: We exchange documents via email, so there is time to read and begin analysis prior to the meeting. Also, we cap membership at six so there is time for everyone to give/get critiques at meetings. Currently there are three members.
Trial Period (if applicable):Provisional membership for the first three meetings to let everyone determine if this will be a good fit.

Critique Group Contact Person: Nancy F. Goodfellow ngoodfellow2000@yahoo.com
Critique group name: Fresh Eyes
Acceptable genres, formats: MG, YA Fiction
Meeting regularity : 2nd and 4th Mondays Monthly
Meeting location and time: Naperville – 7pm on 2nd Monday, 10:30am on 4th Monday
Any additional Critique Member Requirements: Prefer someone who is actively participating in SCBWI events, workshops, etc. and any other classes to hone their craft
Trial period: 2 meetings

Critique group contact person: BJ Marshall Contact via SCBWI Messages
Critique group name (if applicable): Uniting in Writing
Acceptable genres, formats: Picture Books, MG, YA
Meeting regularity : 1-2 meetings per month, Weekdays between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Meeting location and time: Lemont
Any additional critique member requirements: Some experience preferred, but not required
Trial Period:One session



SCBWI-IL Networks that Primarily Critique
SCBWI-IL Networks are free and open to all. For further information, see http://illinois.scbwi.org/illinois-networks/  and additional critique requirements, below:
 
Network Representative Contact Person: Janet Riehecky janet.riehecky@gmail.com
Illinois Network: Geneva Network
Acceptable genres, Any
Meeting regularity : 1st Wednesday and 4th Tuesday
Meeting location and time: 7PM; Barnes & Noble Cafe, Randall Road, Geneva
Any additional critique member requirements: None
Trial Period: None