Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators



The critique groups listed below are open to children’s writers of all levels. Bring several copies of your manuscript (up to five pages) and join us! If you have never participated in a group – feel free to sit in for a session or two. Round out your characters, round out your plot, round out your social life—
Join a critique group OR START one!


In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Houston SCBWI Regional Team is requesting that all in-person critique groups move to online meetings in the short term. Some great platforms include Skype, Google Documents, Facebook live-streaming, and conference calls. Thank you for doing your part in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19!


SCBWI-Houston Monthly Critique Sessions (On Hold Until Further Notice)

When: Before the monthly SCBWI meeting, from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Where: Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter, Houston, TX 77042. 713-266-8193.

Contact: Arno Bommer


YA Novel – Zoom Critique Group Closed  (Updated: 11/2020)

When: Evenings or weekends, Time TBD after group forms

Where: Online via Zoom  Looking for authors serious about publishing traditionally and committed to meeting weekly or twice a month. Seeking two to three more authors with completed manuscript(s) or nearly completed manuscript to join. 



Middle Grade – Zoom Critique Group (Open) (Updated: 11/2020)

When: Tuesdays at 6:30

Where: Online via Zoom

Looking for authors serious about publishing traditionally and committed to meeting weekly. Seeking authors with completed manuscript(s) or working manuscripts ready for critique.  

Contact: Kay Marc-Charles at


Inner Loop Critique (Closed)

When: Wednesday, 9:30-12 noon

Where: Vanderbilt Square Barnes & Noble, 3003 W. Holcombe Blvd, Houston TX 77025 in the Starbucks area

PB’s, CB’s and MG manuscripts.

Contact: Ellen Leventhal (

 Katy Area Critique

When: Wednesdays 2 pm

Where: Zoom/Virtual

Contact: Maria  Boucher


North Houston / South Montgomery County Critique Group

When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays @ 5:00 – 7:00, Building “G” / Room G 112

Where: Lone Star College – Montgomery.

Contact: Charles Trevino


290/1960 Critique Group

When: Wednesday after the first Monday of the month @ 4:30 pm

Where: Panera Bread on 1960 and Eldridge

Contact: Karen Welsh