Looking for a regularly meeting group – online or off?
There are several groups meeting in Kansas and Missouri for both writers and illustrators: These include networking groups, critique groups, Facebook groups, and others. You can also find online critique group partners by searching or posting on the SCBWI Blueboard Discussion Boards.
Need more help finding a group that fits your needs?
Contact Jill Burkemper about starting a new critique group. Starting a group is as simple as choosing a location, date and time. It helps to list what sort of work you’d like to focus on within your group. Online critique groups are a great asset and offer more flexibility. If you have other questions, or would like to have your info added to this page, please contact our Assistant Regional Advisor, Nicki Jacobsmeyer at email@example.com.
*You don’t have to be a SCBWI member to join a critique group
Chesterfield/Ballwin Writing Critique Group Forming – NEW
Writers interested in joining a critique group in the Chesterfield/Ballwin area should contact Judy Giblin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates and times are still being determined! Be part of something brand new and meet your new writing partners today!
Beta Readers – NEW
Do you need a beta reader for your finished novel? Are you interested in becoming a beta reader for other writers? Please contact our Assistant Regional Advisor, Nicki Jacobsmeyer at email@example.com. if you’re interested in being added to this list.
- Looking for Beta Readers (I’m finished – Please give me feedback):
- Beta Readers (Send it my way – I can give you feedback!)
New Online Illustrator Critique Group – NEW
Need an illustrator’s group to call your own? Tired of working all alone with no like minds to cheer you on? Need a deadline to buoy your resolve to better your portfolio, book or freelance piece? If so, come join our Missouri weekly Skype Illustrator’s critique group! We’ll chat and show our stuff live each week.
Columbia Critique Group – Lakota South off Green Meadows – New Meet Up!
First Mondays of the Month
6:30-8pm – Please send manuscripts the week before and have them critiqued and ready to discuss at the meetings. Questions for this group can be directed to Juli Rauba.
Contact: Juli Rauba
Lee’s Summit Picture Book Critique Group – New Meet Up!
Fourth Thursdays of the Month
6:30 PM @ Panera’s on Chipman Rd (in Lee’s Summit)
Contact: Lou Sears
Critique Meet Up Columbia, MO – NEW
Third Sundays of the Month
2-4pm @ Daniel Boone Library, Conference Room B
Contact: Aaron Fox
Golden Paper Clips
First Saturdays in Leawood, MO
1pm @ Leawood Pioneer Library, Room 108
Contact: Lisa Lorenzetti
Perfect Cloud Illustrators
Monthly Meetups in Kansas City
Contact: Lane Downy
Woodneath Library-Story Center Critique Group-Open to the Public
Terry Talley’s Group – FULL
Monthly Meetings in Blue Springs, MO
Illustrators Networking on Facebook
Midwest SCBWI Working Illustrators Network
Contact: Amy Kenney
St. Louis City Critique Group
1:30 @ University City Library
Contact: Jared Kyle Manaczuk
NEW! St. Charles Critique Group NEW!
Second Tuesdays -starts January 9th, 2018
7pm @ The Bread Company, 2709 Zumbehl Road
Contact: Stephanie Bearce
St. Charles Critique Group-FULL
7pm @ Barnes and Noble
Contact: Chris Schmidt
St. Charles Critique Group
7pm @ Barnes and Noble
Contact: Sue Fritz
Florissant Critique Group
4:30 pm @ Florissant Presbryterian Church
Contact: Sue Bradford Edwards
Creve Coeur Critique Group
6:30 pm @ St. Louis Bread Co.
Contact: Katie Finn Gast
Springfield Writers Workshop Critique Group
6 – 8:30 pm @ Springfield-Greene County Public Library
Contact: Louise A. Jackson
Cape Girardeau Critique Group
Contact: Donna Essner
Illustrators looking for an Online Critique Group:
Writer-Illustrators looking for an In-Person Critique Group:
Fiction Writers looking for an Online Critique Group (broken down by PB/MG/YA)
- Rebecca Thill Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chuck Sack Contact: email@example.com
- Katie Meyer Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Aubrey Ash Contact: email@example.com
- Jill Burkemper Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chris Schmidt Contact: email@example.com
Non-Fiction Writers looking for an Online Critique Group (broken down by PB/MG/YA)