Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


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.

Inland Northwest SCBWI offers a number of resources to help members get feedback on their work. Click on the options below for more details. While some of our critique groups welcome non-members that are interested in learning more, we encourage joining the organization after 3 visits. These groups are a benefit to our members. If you would like to join SCBWI, click here.


Open Critique Groups

Anyone interested in writing and/or illustrating books or magazine articles for children can attend one of our Open Critique Groups to see how a critique group works. This is a great place to start if you want to learn more about critique groups and ask questions about the organization.


Members-Only Critique Groups

If you are a current member of INW SCBWI, you can request to join one of our members-only groups. Submit a request to join by sending an email to the leader of the group you are interested in.


Inland Northwest Critique Groups


Can’t find what you’re looking for?

If you are an SCBWI member but don’t see a group that fits your needs, please send the following information in an email to the Critique Group Facilitator, Carol Nelson.


Email Subject Line: Critique Groups

Your Name:

Email address:

Phone: (Optional)

Type of Critique Group your looking for (Illustration, PB, MG, YA, F, NF, Genre):

In Person or Online:

Location Preferred:

Would you be willing to start a new group? (no experience required):


If you would like to start a group at a time and location that fits your needs, request a Critique Group Jump-Start Packet. Carol will have you up and running in no time!


SCBWI Discussion Boards

The SCBWI “Blueboard” is a message board with discussion threads about children’s book publishing. Information about online critique group openings is posted regularly. Click here for the SCBWI Blueboard.


Professional Consultations

SCBWI Inland Northwest puts on multiple events throughout the year, including a biennial conference, craft intensives, and a retreat. Literary agents and Editors from major publishing houses are invited to present. One-on-one manuscript and portfolio consultations are often offered. To view our upcoming events, visit our home page. You’ll find the list below the Events Calendar.