Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Critique Groups

Critique groups are a great way to meet like-minded people and improve your craft. We are happy to help connect you with others who are searching for critique groups or partners in the region.


SCBWI Sponsored Drop-In Critique Groups in Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah–Meets every fourth Wednesday at 7:00pm at the Millcreek Library (2266 E. Evergreen Ave, Salt Lake City, Utah 84109). Co-sponsored by the Salt Lake County Library System. All genres, age groups, and stages of writing and illustrating for children are welcome. For more information contact Bruce Luck.

Orem, Utah–Meets every 4th Thursday at 7:00pm at the Orem Public Library Media Room/Auditorium (58 N. State St. Orem, Utah). All genres, age groups, and stages of writing and illustrating for children are welcome. For more information, contact Travis Rawlings.

Ogden, Utah–Meets every 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in the Pleasant Valley Library Activity Room (5568 ADAMS AVE, OGDEN, UT). Each person brings a picture book or 5 pages to be critiqued. For more information, contact Christy Monson.

Logan, Utah–Meets every fourth Thursday at 7:00pm in the Old Juniper Meeting Room at the Logan Library (255 N Main Street, Logan, Utah). All genres, age groups, and stages of writing and illustrating for children are welcome. For more information contact Susan Haderlie.

Online–If there is not a critique group in your area, please visit the SCBWI member section of the SCBWI message boards which has an area for critique groups and manuscript exchanges as well as online critiques.

Events & Critique Groups in Southern Idaho

Boise, Idaho–Our Southern Idaho Volunteers, Rachel Scott and Jana Herbert, schedule critique groups and events in the Boise area. For information on upcoming meetings, please check our calendar on our home page or e-mail Rachel for details.

Rexburg, Idaho–Meets monthly at various locations. For more information, contact Annie Bailey.

Critique Groups For Illustrators 

We do not currently have any SCBWI sponsored critique groups for illustrators only.  We do encourage you to attend our drop-in critique groups, since authors and illustrators can learn much by critiquing each others’ work.

However, if you are searching for a critique group for children’s illustrators only, there is a well-established group meeting in northern Utah. Though not an SCBWI sponsored group, many of our members attend and we recommend it to anyone interested in pursuing a career in illustrating children’s books.  For more information, please contact Illustrator Coordinator Manelle Oliphant.

Finding Critique Groups or Starting Your Own

Our Critique Group Coordinators to help SCBWI members connect with others in their area. Both coordinators keep a current database of people who have expressed interest in a critique group, as well as other critique groups which may have openings. If you are an individual looking for a critique group or a group looking for a new member, please send us an e-mail.