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SCBWI-IL Critique Groups Resource Page




Welcome to SCBWI-IL Critique Groups
Resource Page

 

If you are an SCBWI-IL MEMBER
looking for a critique group and wishing to be posted on this page, log in and
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If you are a CRITIQUE GROUP or SCBWI-IL NETWORK THAT CRITIQUES
and are open to additional members and wishing to be posted on this page, log in and

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ABOUT THE SCBWI-IL CRITIQUES GROUPS RESOURCE PAGE
—Posting to this page is an SCBWI Member benefit, BUT Not-Yet members may query Group Contacts for openings, unless noted otherwise.
—All participants, regardless of member status, agree to abide by the SCBWI Anti-harassment Policy and additional policies listed here. SCBWI has a zero-tolerance policy against harassment of any kind. Any violation of this policy is actionable.
—Individuals and Groups are listed separately by type, format and then alphabetically.
—Individuals may query Group Contacts and Group Contacts may query Individuals to find a Critique Group fit.
—Like individuals may query one another to create their own group! Click on a name to email query.
—For MORE INFORMATION about successful critique groups, see “Starting a Critique Group,” THE BOOK, page 33 (2021 edition). Members must log in to their MEMBER PROFILE to access link.
—Want to know more about a potential critique group partner? Want to see their portfolio or read their bio?  Use the SCBWI Member Search function,
—Illinois NETWORKS that critique are listed under GROUPS  Networks are free and open to all! To find an Illinois Network near you, click Illinois Networks.
—Email Deborah Topolski with questions.

 

Updated within a week of request; Please email Co-RA if you do not receive an email confirming your listing within 7 days.  LAST UPDATE: 2021/ 03 / 04


INDIVIDUALS



ILLUSTRATORS

ILLUSTRATION

Heather Bell

Kimberly Carter

Carrie Carlson

Jenny Mannis

 




WRITER-ILLUSTRATORS

MULTIPLE FORMATS


PICTURE BOOK

   
      


WRITERS 

 

EASY READERS / CHAPTER BOOKS

 

   

 

MAGAZINE & OTHER MEDIA

Magazine Fiction / Non-Fiction

SHORT STORY
Adam Schwartz

 


MIDDLE GRADE GENRES


Middle Grade 

Jordan Celement

Laura Wruck


Middle Grade / Fantasy

 


MULTIPLE FORMATS

 

Middle Grade / Young Adult

Kelly Garcia 

 

Adam Schwartz


Middle Grade / Picture Book

   


Picture Book / Young Adult 

   
 

 



PICTURE BOOK GENRES

Picture Book

 Deborah Chalmers

   
   
  
 
 
    

Kathryn Grindley

 

Julie Lerczak

 
 
 

Dana Miroballi
Shauna Sacco
Cheryl Simon

Tricia Vold

 


Picture Book / Non-Fiction

Julie Hansen

 


Picture Book / Poetry 

 
 


YOUNG ADULT GENRES

Young Adult

 

Mary-Terese Cozzola 


Young Adult / Fantasy 

 


Young Adult / Romance

 



GROUPS

INDEPENDENT GROUPS

 

 

GROUP
GROUP CONTACT: Anita Loomis
WHEN:Once monthly
WHERE: Online; Email Group Contact for more information.
FORMATS / GENRES: picutrebooks, middle grade novels/series writers
TRIAL PERIOD: None
Additional Requirements:Structured critique group meeting monthly or bi-monthly

 

 

GROUP: Virtual Illustrator & Author-Illustrator Critique Group
GROUP CONTACT: Jenny Mannis
WHEN:Once monthly
WHERE: Online; Email Group Contact for more information.
FORMATS / GENRES:For illustrators & author/illustrators – all genres welcome!
TRIAL PERIOD: None
Additional Requirements: Illinois member critique group for illustrators and author/illustrators. We will meet virtually via zoom.

 

GROUP: Black Authors Critique Group
GROUP CONTACT: Erica Thomas
WHEN:Once monthly, variable meet date.
WHERE: Online; Email Group Contact for more information.
FORMATS / GENRES: Open to writers and illustrators of all genres and formats but group is initially going to focus on writing.
TRIAL PERIOD: None

 



SCBWI-IL NETWORKS THAT CRITIQUE: 
 SCBWI-IL Networks are free and open to all.

 

 

NETWORK: Chicago Network
NETWORK REPRESENTATIVE: Jane Hertenstein
WHEN: See Networks Page for schedule
WHERE: Online; Email Network Representative for Zoom Link
This is a SCBWI-IL Network that critiques and is free and open to all.
FORMATS / GENRES: All
TRIAL PERIOD: None

 

NETWORK: Far Northern Suburbs
NETWORK REPRESENTATIVES:Kim Oclon & Nicole Hewitt
WHEN: Monthly, First Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 9 PM CST
WHERE: Online; Email Network Representative for Zoom Link
This is a SCBWI-IL Network that critiques and is free and open to all.
FORMATS / GENRES: Middle Grade / Picture Books / Young Adult
TRIAL PERIOD: None
REQUIREMENTS: While this network invites speakers and hosts activities on occasion, we often do critiques of one another’s work. If you’d like to share, please bring no more than five double-spaced pages or a picture book manuscript.

 

NETWORK: Geneva Network
NETWORK REPRESENTATIVES:Janet Riehecky
WHEN: Monthly, first Wednesday and the fourth Tuesday
WHERE: Online; Email Network Representative for Zoom Link
This is a SCBWI-IL Network that critiques and is free and open to all.
FORMATS / GENRES: All
TRIAL PERIOD: None

NETWORK: North Suburban Network (locale: Schaumburg, IL Area)
NETWORK REPRESENTATIVE: Veronica Rundell
WHEN: Monthly, Third Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 9 PM CST
WHERE: Online; Email Network Representative for Zoom Link
This is a SCBWI-IL Network that critiques and is free and open to all.
FORMATS / GENRES: All
TRIAL PERIOD: None

 

NETWORK: Oak Park Network
NETWORK REPRESENTATIVE: Sallie Wolf
WHEN: Even-numbered months, 2nd Thursday, 7-9 PM CST
WHERE: Online; Email Network Representative for Zoom Link
This is a SCBWI-IL Network that critiques and is free and open to all.
FORMATS / GENRES: All
TRIAL PERIOD: None
REQUIREMENTS:To have your work critiqued you must be present for the whole meeting and critique the work of others. People who attend our network regularly will be given first consideration, but all are welcome to attend and participate.

 

NETWORK: Springfield Area Network
NETWORK REPRESENTATIVE: Debra Daugherty
WHEN: Monthly, first Monday of every month, except on holidays
WHERE: Online; Email Network Representative for Zoom Link
This is a SCBWI-IL Network that critiques and is free and open to all.
FORMATS / GENRES: Middle Grade / Picture Books / Young Adult / Illustration
TRIAL PERIOD: None
REQUIREMENTS:We critique 3-5 pages of a manuscript. When meeting in person, members bring copies of their pages to pass out. Since meeting online, members are asked to email their pages to the other members a week prior to our meeting, and to return the pages with suggestions/edits close to the meeting date. Email Debra Daugherty for more information.

NETWORK: West Dundee 
NETWORK REPRESENTATIVE: Jennifer Wagh
WHEN: Monthly, 2nd Wednesday
WHERE: Online; Email Network Representative for Zoom Link
This is a SCBWI-IL Network that critiques and is free and open to all.
FORMATS / GENRES: Board book through Young Adult writers & Illustrators welcome.
TRIAL PERIOD: None
REQUIREMENTS: Kidlit is a warm and nurturing environment for all. We ask that attendees agree to
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