Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Critique Groups

Many writers find a group of their peers the ideal forum in which to share ideas and techniques, to exchange constructive criticism, or simply to have an intense discussion about literature. Meeting with a critique group can be an invaluable step in readying your work for publication.

In-person Critique Groups

If you are a Canada East member, contact those listed below to find a group near you. If you don’t see a group listed for your area, consider starting a new one. We can help. E-mail Alma Fullerton to find out how to get started.


• Ottawa area: Michelle Jodoin provides assistance to members looking for critique groups in the Ottawa area.
• Toronto (The Beach): Ann Marie Meyers

On-line Critique Groups

SCBWI Canada East and SCBWI Canada West also offer on-line critique groups. These groups are coordinated by Alma Fullerton (SCBWI Canada East Regional Advisor). When any given group fills up, a waiting list is started. When that gets long enough, a new group is created.

On-line critique groups are available in the following categories:

• Picture Book (writing only)
• Middle Grade
• Middle Grade / Young Adult
• Young Adult
• Author/Illustrator Group

Please contact Alma Fullerton if you are interested in joining one of these groups.