Getting feedback on your work is an important part of the creative process for both writers and illustrators. It helps you grow as an artist, improving your skills and confidence. Feedback helps in the revision process and prepares you for publication as a traditionally or independently published author and/or illustrator.
SCBWI Inland Northwest offers a number of resources to help members get feedback on their work. Please review the information below to discover how you can participate in peer and professional critique opportunities.
Join a Local Critique Group
SCBWI Inland Northwest has a few organized critique groups that meet on a regular basis. Please note: The pandemic has changed the way many groups are exchanging feedback. Some are meeting virtually on Zoom, others are exchanging work by email.
If you are a current Inland Northwest SCBWI member and you’re looking for a critique group, please send the following information in an email to inlandnw @ SCBWI.org (no spaces).
Email Subject Line: Critique Groups
Type of critique group you’re looking for (Illustration, PB, MG, YA, F, NF, Genre)
And whether or not you’d be willing to help organize a group (no experience required).
Oftentimes it just takes one person to take the lead. Then your group is off and running! Visit our Critique Resources page for more information.
Browse SCBWI Critique Options
The SCBWI “Blueboard” is a message board with discussion threads about children’s book publishing. Information about online critique exchanges and critique group openings can be found by clicking here for the SCBWI Blueboard.
Sign up for a Professional Critique
SCBWI Inland Northwest hosts events throughout the year. We sometimes offer critiques as part of a workshop or event. Virtual Consultations and Written Critiques with Published Authors, Literary Agents and Editors from major publishing houses are offered at least once a year. To find these opportunities, visit our Events page.