As a NOSCBWI member, you may
of this Yahoo Group Message
connects you with other writers/illustrators all over Ohio — from
Cleveland to Cincinnati and Youngstown to Toledo!
- Get up-to-date info on
and speakers events
- Learn about workshops,
- Find or start a critique
- Get updates on industry news
- Share triumphs and goals
writers and illustrators
To get started or if you are having difficulty with login, contact the Ohio
Online Critique Groups
Writers Critique group
The group is currently at capacity and unable to accept new members.
Its members are from all over Ohio. Moderated by Susan Collett.
Illustrations Critique on
Google Groups is limited to Children's Book Illustrations.
may post links to artwork hosted on other sites. There is no image
hosting on this site. Moderated by Anne Beekman.
In-Person Writing Critique
A group of writers and illustrators who are committed to children's
literature and want to share and network with like-minded people. We
welcome people who are interested in any genre, from books and stories
for babies through young adult.
Last Wednesday of the month
• 6:30 until 8:15pm • Ayres/West branch of the Akron
Karen Fabre • firstname.lastname@example.org
Meetings consist of sharing good news, a speaker or discussion on a
writing topic and optional critique of members' work. Guests are
welcome but continuing attendance requires SCBWI membership.
Third Wednesday of each
month • 7:00 to 9:00 p.m • Upper Arlington Library, Tremont
Contact: Andrea Hall • email@example.com
Meetings are held in various locations and new members are welcome.
Tuesday of each
month • Contact email address below for more information.
Nancy Parish • HBloss@aol.com •
A Dayton Area Critique Group was recently formed.
email address below for more information.
Contact: Liz Ball • firstname.lastname@example.org
The Eastside "Heights Writers" critique group is open to all genre of
children's writing & illustrating.
Meets monthly on the 3rd or
4th Saturday of the month • 9:30 a.m. • Shaker
Heights Main Library 2nd floor meeting room (corner of Van Aken Blvd.
& Lee Rd.)
Choi or Kevin McMahon
The Northeast Ohio Children's Writers, a group of mixed genre
children's writers and illustrators
Second Wednesday of each
month • 6:30 p.m. • Solon Library
Ryan • email@example.com
Solon - Middle Grades and Young Adult Authors
Manuscripts are e-mailed at the beginning of the month for review and
discussed at our meeting. We critique MG and YA only.
Last Monday of each month
• 6:00 p.m. • Borders Books, Kruse Drive, Solon
Van Sickler • firstname.lastname@example.org
This group is currently full and not able to take new
members. Thank you for your interest.
The group is currently accepting new, Toledo area, members.
Quarterly, operating as
an online group the remainder of the year.
Position is open.
To volunteer coordinating this group, please contact Victoria Selvaggio
read a chapter in a writing craft book each month, discuss our journey
and do critiques whenever members are ready. The group is currently
accepting new members.
Meetings: First Thursday of every month • 7-9 p.m. • Barnes & Noble Crocker Park in Westlake
Guidelines for successful
Select a time
and meeting place
- It will be impossible to
everyone, but a poll will reveal the day/time and location that is most
convenient for the largest number of participants.
- A meeting place that is
offers refreshments is most comfortable. The public library is ideal.
Many bookstores and coffee shops welcome small groups with advanced
notice. Meeting in private homes can be stressful on the
and causes problems for guests with allergies.
Form a group
- Set a maximum number of
members for the
group. Four to eight members is ideal. Groups over 10 may become
- Set a focus for members
interested in a specific genre, for example:
- Picture Books
- Middle Grades and Young Adults
- Keep an up-to-date list of
with phone numbers and emails. Make this available to all group
- Send emails and set up a
if meeting must be changed or canceled due to weather, holidays, etc.
- Draw on all members to help
out so all
the planning doesn't fall on one person.
& time limits
- Nametags relieve the
remembering names for those familiar faces
- Require posting of full
Anonymity breeds malicious comments without repercussions.
- Select a Moderator. This is
group coordinator, if they are present. The moderator must be prepared
to firmly stop conversations that are not in the spirit of constructive
criticism or go over the set time limit.
- Begin promptly at the
Allow for brief introductions with socialization time at the end.
- Use a timer. When the bell
discussion must move on to allow everyone a chance to have their work
discussed. A time limit of 5-10 minutes is usually sufficient for
discussion. If a topic is going over time,the moderator can request
that it can be carried on between individuals after the meeting.
Keep on Topic
- Critiques should be limited
Children's Books writing. Do not spend excessive time on questions that
can be found on other sites or better answered on other message boards,
such as about agents, contracts, or queries.
- Authors should indicate any
concerns or problems they would like addressed in critique. For
example, questions about pacing, word selection or character
- Unless it is an
writers should refrain from discussing artwork. In Children’s
Book publishing, unless someone is both author and
writers seldom have any say in the illustrations that will appear with
Giving a Critique
- Be honest, but polite. Your
should focus on the work, never on the author or artist.
- Give one or two concise
comments as to
not overwhelm the person being reviewed.
- Be specific and
constructive. If you
don't like something, explain why you don't think it is working and
offer a solution.
- Ask and be prepared for an
response and don't be defensive!
- You may not agree with
given. Accept them graciously or disregard them without retort and move
- Take notes so you can
remember what was
said when you are ready to make revisions.
- Thank the reviewers, even
don’t agree with them.
- Do not endlessly quote
Delete all but relevant portions of the previous message.
- Do not permit anonymous
- Moderators may reserve the
delete offensive or off topic comments.
- Screen for spammers. Set up
board so people must request an invitation to join. On Google Groups
you can choose to write a custom question that will appear on your
group's sign-up page.
Online Critiquing Resources
following resources are not
affiliated with the SCBWI. Inclusion here does not imply endorsement,
and all members are encouraged to seek the advise of legal council as
a Critique Group
by Mary Rosenblum
Give and Take of
by Linda Sue Park
by LeAnn Campbell
And Bolts of
by Tina Morgan
Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, or How to
Choose a Writers' Group
by Holly Lisle
©2010. Northern Ohio Society of
Children's Book Writers & Illustrators.
All images are property of the original artist/creator and may not be
reproduced without written permission of the owner.