Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 2, 2012

Critique Group List

One of the most important things you can do to develop as a writer is to get into the right critique group. Below are the writers who were interested in starting a critique group.

I hope it helps some of you out there. If anyone missed sending there info in, I will add it to this post. I will keep it going if people want me to do that.

Here’s the list:

Critique Group Genre: Picture Books (Prose and/or Poetry)

Critique Group Type: – in person or online: In person if near Basking Ridge, NJ; otherwise online

When: Where: How often: If meeting in person, I prefer daytime, in Morris/ Somerset area. Place TBD. Once a month.

Critique Group level: Beginner, Mid-level, Advanced, Well Published : Mid level

Critique Group Person Limit: Five

Critique Group Goal: polishing work; getting published

Name: Carol Jones

Contact Info: or


Critique Group Genre: Picture Books and Flash Fiction

Critique Group Type – in person or online: Either, or both depending on schedules

How often? twice a month, Hobcaw Cafe, Verona, NJ

Critique Group level: Beginner to Mid-Level

Critique Group Person Limit: 6

Critique Group Goal: Give feedback, offer constructive criticism, share leads/contests/blog hops & fests for creative writing exercises

Name: Tracy Bermeo

Contact Info:
Note:– my own schedule is best for day time meetings once school starts.


New Group Forming in the New Jersey Ramsey, Mahwah, Allendale, Upper Saddle River, and Vicinity

Critique Group Genre: Picture Books

Critique Group Type: IN Person

Critique Group level:  Beginners and up.

When: Thursday 7:30 PM (every two weeks)

Where: Ramsey Free Public Library

Contact: Debbie at


Critique Group Genre: Picture Book
Critique Group Type:  in person or online: Online or in person if in 
Where:  If in personKnoxville, Tn area.

When:  Sunday afternoons.

How often:  Once or twice a month.
Critique Group level:  Minium mid level up to advanced.
Critique Group Person Limit: 6
Critique Group Goal: Overall feedback, constructive critiques to help correct grammatical issues or character/plot weaknesses. Sharing of industry news, contests, blog hops or other pertinent writing information as necessary.
Name: Donna L Martin
Contact Info:


Critique Group Genre: Picture Book: writers/illustrators
Critique Group Type – in personor online:In Person
When? Where? How often? Once a month, @ coffeehouse in central valley(Modesto,Ceres, Turlock),California
Critique Group level: Beginner
Critique Group Person Limit:10
Critique Group Goal: To get published
Name: Sandie Sing
Contact Info: Facebook or

New YA or Middle Grade Group Forming in NYC

Aspiring YA writer is looking for other YA or middle-grade writers to form a critique group in NYC. Ideally, the group will meet at least once a month. Potential members should be open to reading others’ work, and ONLY give constructive feedback. Any other kind of feedback is unncessary. Interested writers should email


Critique Group Genre:  MG/YA group.

Critique Group Type: in person or online

Critique Group level: Beginner to Mid Level

Where:  If in-person – southern NJ, close to where Atlantic, Cumberland & Gloucester counties converge.

How Often:  Meeting once a month

How Many:  small group (no more than 7) would be ideal

Little About me:  I’ve participated in critique groups during NJ SCBWI events in the past and have been lucky enough to work with experienced writers. This is how I know that I belong in the beginner to mid level catagory. I’m anxious to improve my critiquing skills, so I’m hoping to join a group with a mixed bag of skill levels.

I learn quickly and play well with others–as long as they aren’t bossy people or ego-maniacs.

My ideal group would consist of supportive writers with a genuine interest in helping one another wring the very best out of their work through honest, yet positive feedback and suggestions. Having someone to bounce ideas off of would be excellent, too.

Name:  Eileen Balesteri

Contact Info:


Critique Group Genre:  Children’s middle grade and young adult

Critique Group Type: in person or online

Critique Group level: Advanced to Published

Where: If in-person –  Savannah, Georgia in person

When: Mornings are flexible

How Often: Twice a month

Critique Group Limit:  4-6
Critique Group Goals: Read entire novel and critique as well as shorter pieces in person or online (flexible) for the enjoyment of writing and publication
Name:  Bebe Willoughby
A Little About Me:  I was a children’s book editor for over fifteen years in New York (Random House, Simon & Schuster) and have written and published four books.


Critique Group Genre: *** Middle Grade Fiction (Novels – Short Stories)

Critique Group Type: *** On-line

How often? *** One chapter a week (unless the chapters are very short)

Critique Group level: *** Beginner – Mid-level

Critique Group Person Limit: *** Five Max

Critique Group Goal: *** Critique and comment on writing

Your Name: *** Don Nelson

Contact Info: ***

Talk Tomorrow,



  1. such a great idea nd big help Kathy…. hope they fill up! art too? 😉


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