Posted by: nancyisanders | May 30, 2010

Critique Groups are 4 U!

If you’re not part of a critique group, I recommend you make it your goal this year to join one or start your own.

If you live far away from other writers, join or start an online critique group. I belong to one and it’s fantastic!

Here are some amazing organizations for children’s writers where you can join. Ask around among the members and see if their are local or online groups that you can plug into, or ask if several other members would like to start a new group altogether. Your writing life will never be the same!

The National Writing for Children Center:
You’ll find amazing resources here. Helpful articles. Teleclasses you can download on an amazing array of writing topics. And for a small monthly fee (just $27 a month!!!) you can get personal feedback on your manuscripts from writing coach Suzanne Lieurance, 4 teleclasses taught by professional children’s book authors, and tons of helpful info you can use. Plus, the writing community here is awesome with writers around the globe, too! I’m on faculty here and love this place. Lots of members belong to online critique groups…connect with writer friends and join one!

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators:
This organization hosts local conferences as well as the big national ones twice a year where everybody who is anybody in the children’s publishing industry gets involved. Editors, agents, award winning authors and illustrators plus newbies galore connect in local regions and events. I’ve been a member of this organization for years and plan on participating for life! This is a great place to volunteer and make your own local community a haven for writers. Lots of opportunity for critique groups here.

The Institute of Children’s Literature:
This isn’t just a place to take one-on-one writing classes at your own schedule. This has an awesome newsletter (I’ve landed more book contracts by responding to editor’s wants in this newsletter) but there’s weekly e-news, forums to join, and a whole smorgasbord of free informationals to download and read. Lots of invitations go around in this group to join critique groups, so check out. Lots of free resources here! I’ve written articles for their e-news and hosted a couple of forums with awesome leader Jan Fields! I love this organization.

Children’s Book Insider:
What a great community for writers this place is! From newbies to the pros, writers here are committed to success! Join the “Fightin’ Bookworms” and get the newsletter. Plus, join the members-only community, the “CBI Clubhouse.” A great place to get connected with other writers where you can ask about critique groups to join! Laura interviewed me for a podcast this month and my article will be featured in their newsletter.

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