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! For more information, contact Vicki Sansum, our chapter Regional Advisor and acting Critique Group Coordinator.



SCBWI-Houston Monthly Critique Sessions

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


NEW! CityCentre Group

Genre: Picture Books and Middle Grade

When: 2nd Tuesdays @ 7:00 – 9:00 (6:30 pm dinner + social)  (Sept 11, Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11)

Where: La Madeleine Town & Country, 770 W Sam Houston PKWY N, Suite 100

Contact: Sarah Choi

Requested Requirements:
1. In serious pursuit of publishing your work via traditional routes (Agent or editor submission).
2. A solid working draft or submission-ready children’s book manuscript for critique – picture book and middle grade.

1.Pages 37-40 of SCBWI: The Book – on setting up a critique group and sage advice from Linda Sue Park!:
2. Best practices and tips for critique:

1. Several hard copies of the first 1,000 words (double-spaced) of your manuscript. PBs under 1000w – please bring entire manuscript.
2. Pen/pencil for notes
3. A positive attitude! 🙂

Katy Area Critique

When: Fridays 12:00-2:30 pm

Where: Cinco Ranch Library

Contact: Maria Ashworth


North Houston / South Montgomery County Critique Group

When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays @ 5:00 – 7:00, Building “G” / Room G 114

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




An e-critique group focused on Picturebooks

When: Group to be launched in January 2014
Contact: Theresa Boutette