SCBWI Midsouth Critique Groups

 

What is a Critique Group?
A critique group is a team of writers or illustrators who provide constructive criticism of each other’s work in progress. Often a group focuses on a particular reading level, art media, or genre, but not always. Some groups meet online, others face-to-face. Some meet weekly, others monthly. The details are up to the group.

Choosing a Critique Group
Critique groups take commitment.  Every member has to provide new material and critiques according to the group’s schedule and rules. With that in mind, start by reading all group information in the Midsouth Critique Groups section below. If a group is appropriate to your work and schedule, e-mail the group leader. This is your chance to audition the group, and their chance to audition you. Once you join a group, commit yourself. 

Can you mentor a Critique Group

If you have critique group experience and are willing to guide a new group through a couple meetings, please email the Critique Group Coordinator.

 

Midsouth Critique Groups

Group leaders, please email your group information and updates to the Critique Group Coordinator

Open Writers Groups (face-to-face)

City

State

Group Name

Status (full/open)

Genre

Where

When/How Often

Contact

Bowling Green  KY  none  Open  PB  Determined at each meeting  Once a month  Pat Nesbitt
Lexington KY SCBWI Lexington PB Critique Group Open PB Tates Creek Library 7 pm, Third Thursday of the month Denise Woodward
Louisville  KY none Open MG, YA Summit B&N First & last Fridays Allison Russell
Maryville  TN  none  Open All writing  Blount County Library  Flexible Emily Marek
Jackson TN West TN Writers Open PB, MG, YA Alba's Coffee Ever 1-2 months Elaine Cox
Memphis
TN
none
Open
PB, MG, YA
Memphis College of Art
Once a month

 

Open Writers Groups (online)

Group Name

Status (full/open)

Genre

Where
(web site/e-mail)

When/How often

Contact

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open Illustrators Groups (face-to-face)

City

State

Group Name

Status (full/open)

Media

Genre

Where

When/How Often

Contact

                 
                 
                 

 

Open Illustrators Groups (online)

Group Name

Status (full/open)

Media

Genre

Where
(web site/e-mail)

When/How Often

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Still looking for a group?

Don’t see a group that’s right for you?  Nothing in your area?  You’re not alone.  Below you'll find a list of other authors and illustrators looking for critique groups.

Want to join the list?  Fill out our Critique Group form.  We'll add you.

If you have any questions, email the Critique Group Coordinator.  Midsouth has several articles about getting started and a list of mentors who can help.   SCBWI members may also find critique group information in The Book: Essential Guide to Publishing for Children, which SCBWI maintains in the website's The Resource Library (accessible from the front page of SCBWI.ORG).  

Kentucky

Bardstown 

Name: Gail Kamer, author (can travel to Nelson, Marion, Larue, Hardin County)
Email: gaildear@bardstowncable.net
Genre: PB, Chapter books, MG
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: Yes

Bowling Green 

Name: Diane Ramic, author, illustrator
Email: dianeramic@gmail.com
Genre: PB, MG
Prefers: Online
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: No

Covington 

Name: Jordan Iles, author
Email: jordpadg@gmail.com
Genre: YA
Prefers: Face-to-Face
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: Yes

Name: Lori Weeder, author
Email: 
sophielynette@yahoo.com
Genre: PB, MG
Prefers: Online
Can Lead: No
Can Host: No

Lexington

Name: Mari Adkins, writer
Email: mari@mariadkins.com
Genre: YA Paranormal / Urban Fantasy
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: No
Can Host: Yes

Name: Deana Barnhart, author
Email: deanabarnhart@gmail.com
Genre: YA Dystopian, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Prefers: Face-to-Face
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: Yes

London

Name: Risha Mullins, author
Email:
rishamullins@gmail.com
Genre: YA
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: No
Can Host: Yes

Louisville

Name: David Emmitt, author
Email:
davidemmitt5@insightbb.com
Genre: Middle Grade Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Religious, books and articles
Prefers: Face-to-Face
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: No

Name: Allison Russell, author
Email: allispence@yahoo.com
Genre: YA
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: No

Name: Alda Villanueva, author
Email: aldas_red_crayon@yahoo.com
Genre: Middle Grade
Prefers: Face-to-Face
Can Lead: No
Can Host: No

Pikeville

Name:Heather Williamson, author
Email:hthrwilliamson@gmail.com
Genre: YA, Picture Books
Prefers: Online
Can Lead: No
Can Host: No

Prospect

Name: Laura Johnsrude, author
Email:
laura.johnsrude@insightbb.com
Genre: PB
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: No
Can Host: No

Versailles

Name: Elizabeth Burton, author
Email:
steppineasy@yahoo.com
Genre: PB, Chapter Book, Middle Grade
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: Yes

Vine Grove

Name: Denise Booth, author
Email:
1d.boothe@insightbb.com
Genre: PB
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: No
Can Host: Yes

Williamsburg

Ann Schwarz, author
Email: ajschwarz4@earthlink.net

Genre: PB, MG, YA, and short stories for adults
Prefers: Face-to-Face
Can Lead: No
Can Host: Yes

Tennessee

Ashland City

Name: Dawn Young, author
Email: dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com
Genre: PB, Early Chapter
Prefers: Online
Can Lead: No
Can Host: No

Chattanooga

Name: Kate Landers, author
Email: Kate@KateLanders.com
Genre: PB, ER, YA
Prefers: Online
Can Lead: No
Can Host: No

Name: Paula Petty, author
Email:
paulapetty@aol.com
Genre: PB
Prefers: Face-to-Face
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: Yes

Name: Betsy Ranalli, author
Email: branalli@me.com
Genre: PB
Prefers: Online
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: Yes

Cleveland

Name: Donny Seagraves, author
Email:
donnyseagraves@gmail.com
Genre: Middle Grade Novels
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: Yes

Cookeville

Name: Sara Thomas, author
Email:
 
Slthomas21@gmail.com
Genre: Middle Grade Novels
Prefers: Online
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: Yes

Franklin

Name:Tasha Chase, author (College Grove/Franklin)
Email:lilgaltasha@gmail.com
Genre: PB
Prefers: Face-to-Face
Can Lead: No
Can Host: No

Name:Rachel Kenyon, author
Email: rachel@kenyonservices.com
Genre: PB
Prefers: Face-to-Face
Can Lead: No
Can Host: Yes

Name: Wendy Leonard, author
Email: wendylouiseloenard@gmail.com
Genre: MG
Prefers: Face-to-Face
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: Yes

Name: Haley Reasons, author
Email:
 
haley.richards07@comcast.net
Genre: PB
Prefers: Face-to-Face
Can Lead: No
Can Host: Yes

Jackson

Name: Elaine Cox, author
Email:
 
elainemichelecox@gmail.com
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Prefers: Face-to-Face
Can Lead: No
Can Host: Yes

Name: Laura Wilson, illustrator
Email:
 
marylaurawilson@gmail.com
Genre: Watercolor, digital
Prefers: Face-to-Face
Can Lead: No
Can Host: Yes

Memphis

Name: Aidana WillowRaven, Illustrator
Email:
willowraven.illustration@yahoo.com
Genre: Everything
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: Yes

Name: Amy Sharp, author, illustrator
Email: 267sharp@gmail.com
Genre: PB
Prefers: Online
Can Lead: No
Can Host: No

Mt. Juliet

Name: Kathlyn J. Kirkwood, author
Email: kathlyn.j.kirkwood@gmail.com

Genre: fiction PB, non-fiction young-reader/MG
Prefers: Face-To-Face/Online
Can Lead: No
Can Host: Yes

Name: Hannah Carmona Dias, author
Email: highgrace91@yahoo.com
Genre: PB/ Middle Grade/ YA
Prefers: Face-To-Face
Can Lead: No
Can Host: Yes

Murfreesboro
 
Name:Linda Hagan, author
Genre: PB
Prefers: Online
Can Lead: No
Can Host: Yes
 
Nashville
 
Name: Rebecca Bendheim, author
Email:rebeccabendheim@yahoo.com
Genre: Realistic MG/YA
Prefers: Face-To-Face
Can Lead:  No
Can Host:  No

Name: Kim Cady, author
Email: kycady@gmail.com
Genre: YA Fantasy
Prefers: Face-To-Face/Online
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host:  No

Name: Hillary Kanter, author
Email: writergirl21@yahoo.com
Genre: Picture Book
Prefers: Face-To-Face
Can Lead: No
Can Host:  No

Name: Becca Hillburn, author, illustrator
Email: becca.hillburn@gmail.com
Genre: PB, MG
Prefers: Online
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host:  No

Name: Jane R. Snyder, author, illustrator
Email:jane@janersnyder.com
Genre: PB
Prefers: Face-To-Face
Can Lead:  Yes
Can Host:  Yes

Name: Liz Tipping, author
Email: elizabeth_tipping@yahoo.com
Genre: Chapter Book
Prefers: Face-To-Face
Can Lead:  No
Can Host:  No

Signal Mountain

Name: Lynelle Mason, author
Email: lynellemason@comcast.net
Genre: PB and Historical Fiction MG and YA
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: Yes

Spring Hill
 
Name:Sarah Hedrick, author
Genre: YA
Prefers: Face-to-Face
Can Lead: 
Can Host: 
 
Trenton, TN
 
Name: Allison Lassieur, author
Email: ALassieur@gmail.com
Genre: YA, MG fantasy, sci-fi
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: Yes

Alabama

Birmingham 

Name: Katie Stanley, author
Email: 
ktstanley2500@gmail.com
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Prefers: Online
Can Lead: No
Can Host: No