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. Please review the options below for more information.


Our Critique Groups

SCBWI Inland Northwest has a few organized critique groups that meet on a regular basis. Review the list of groups below to find an in-person or online group that suits you. Contact the organizer if you would like to join a meeting.

Inland Northwest Critique Groups

Please note, while some of our critique groups welcome non-members interested in learning more, we encourage participants to join SCBWI after 3 visits. To join today, click here.


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 at

Email Subject Line: Critique Groups

Your Name:

Email address:

Phone: (Optional)

Type of critique group you’re looking for (Illustration, PB, MG, YA, F, NF, Genre):

Whether you’d prefer an in-person or online group:

Your location:

And whether 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!  Simply pick a time and location that fits your schedule. An SCBWI volunteer will  connect you with members looking for a similar group. Visit our Critique Resources page for more information.


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 hosts 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 Events page.