Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Summer Meet & Critique

Date(s) - 08/22/2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Register below to join our Summer Social!


Critique groups are closed. However, members can select the No Critique ticket by August 21 to join the party. We’ll host an open discussion on how your writing and/or illustrating projects are going this summer. And if they’re NOT going, we can talk about that too.

Critique Groups: Participants will be placed into small groups (3-5 ppl) based on the manuscript and/or illustrations they plan to share for critique. (Make your choice after selecting the Meet & Critique ticket.) We willl critique:


Picture Book Text (<1,000 words)

Picture Book Dummy (Manuscript + 5 illustrations)

Chapter Book (Up to 10 pages)

Nonfiction (Proposal or up to 10 manuscript pages)

Graphic Noel (5 manuscript pages + 3-5 illustrations)

Middle Grade Novel (Up to 10 pages)

Young Adult Novel (Up to 10 pages)

Illustration only (Up to 5 illustrations)


–Groups will receive an introductory email from SCBWI INW on  Friday, August 7th

–Each participant will email their work to their group members on or before Saturday, August 15.

–Each participant will have one week to read and critique each submission. Please make “track-changes” notes on the manuscript or type your comments into a separate document. 

–The Meet & Critique Zoom meeting will take place on August 22 at 10:00 AM. Groups will meet in individual breakout rooms.  

–Each manuscript and or illustration pack will be discussed in turn. Please use the critique sandwich method when offering feedback.

–After the Zoom meeting, each participant should email their critique notes to their fellow group members. Please be courteous and send your notes within 3 days.

Interested groups are encouraged to exchange information and form a continuing critique group. SCBWI INW offers regular Zoom meetings to any SCBWI critique group. We will also host a similar event in the fall if this session is appreciated by members.


If you are unable to participate in the live Zoom meeting on August 22, there is no need to register. Recording the small breakout rooms is not a current option with Zoom.  

Zoom invites will be emailed on August 21. If you have not received your invite by Noon on the 21st, please email