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 and Idaho

Boise, Idaho–Meets every third Tuesday of the month. For information on upcoming meetings, contact Shirley Richey for details.

Logan, Utah–Meets every fourth Thursday at 7:00pm at the North Logan Library (475 E. S 2500 North, North Logan, Utah). All genres, age groups, and stages of writing and illustrating for children are welcome. For more information, contact Laura Nielsen.

Orem, Utah–Meets every 4th Thursday at 7:00pm. All genres, age groups, and stages of writing and illustrating for children are welcome. For more information, contact Travis Rawlings.

Salt Lake City, Utah–Meets every third Thursday at 7:00pm at the Kearns Library (4275 West 5345 South – Kearns, UT 84118). 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 Mattie Noall  

Online Critique Groups

Online Group 1–Meets every second Tuesday and the fourth Wednesday. For more information, contact Christy Monson.

Online Group 2–Meets every third Wednesday on Zoom, though we post manuscripts on Google Drive the week prior to give time for comments. To participate or for more information, contact Bruce Luck.


Critique Groups For Illustrators 

Coming soon.

We do not currently have any SCBWI sponsored critique groups for illustrators only.  You’re encouraged 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 help SCBWI members connect with others in their area. We 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.