Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Kansas / Missouri Critique Groups

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?
We’re currently in the process of updating this page, and in the meantime are keeping a list of KS/MO SCBWI members looking for online critique groups or partners. If you have other questions, or would like to have your info added to the list, please contact our Critique Coordinator, Kat Hart at

Current Groups

Online Illustrator Critique Group
Need an illustrator 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 First Tuesday Illustrator’s Zoom critique group at 7:00-9:00 p.m. Contact: Kim Wilson at

Creve Coeur Critique Group
Meeting virtually and outdoors. Current focus Picture Books. Contact: Katie Gast,

Florissant Critique Group
First Wednesdays 4:30 pm.  Contact: Sue Bradford Edwards,

Lee’s Summit Picture Book Critique Group
Fourth Sunday of each month at 5 pm CST via Zoom. Contact: Terry Talley, Zoom moderator: Rachel Grodsky.

St. Louis City Critique Group
Third Sundays of each month at 1:30 pm. Meeting virtually via Zoom and e-mail. Limited to Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction. Contact: Jared Kyle Manuczuk,

Beta Readers:  (Send it my way – I can give you feedback!)
Laura Stewart Schmidt (MG or YA; No fantasy or spec fiction) –
Phyllis Wheeler (MG fiction) –

 NOTE: SCBWI KS-MO doesn’t facilitate or run any of the above critique groups. Instead, we are attempting to provide a clearing house for regional critique groups. If none of these work for you–as can often be the case based on location, etc–consider taking advantage of many of the online critique platforms. While a simple search will provide many results, here is a start for those looking: