Society of
Children's Book Writers
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June MG/YA Open Critique

Date(s) - 06/05/2021
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


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Are you a Middle Grade or Young Adult author with a work-in-progress that you’d like some feedback on?

Join us on June 5th from 1:30-3:00pm for a virtual open critique!  Open to all SCBWI members!

Critiques will be round-table style, meaning every attendee will both share their work and comment on other’s. Each “table” will be led by an experienced facilitator to keep things on track and offer their own comments. Our fabulous facilitators are Michelle Schusterman (MG Group) and Carol Barreyre (YA Group). Learn more about them below!

Important Details: In order to give everyone a chance to receive feedback, space is limited to 8 participants per group (Middle Grade or Young Adult). Groups will run simultaneously. To facilitate the critique, participants will be asked to share 5 pages (plus a short novel synopsis, if necessary for context) with the group ahead of time. Instructions for submitting are below. DEADLINE TO REGISTER/SUBMIT IS MAY 31 .

Email your submission as a single Word document (.doc, .docx) attachment to If you have specific questions on formatting, please use standard manuscript formatting, explained on Page 8 in SCBWI’s The Book.

Please use: Subject Line: June [YA/MG] Open Critique; File Name: Your Last Name_Manuscript Title.


Michelle Schusterman is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including SPELL & SPINDLE, OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST, and the series THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES and I HEART BAND. She co-authored the YA novel THE PROS OF CONS with Alison Cherry and Lindsay Ribar, and co-authored the SECRETS OF TOPSEA series under the name M. Shelley Coats. Michelle’s novels have earned starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, and Publisher’s Weekly, and two have been Junior Library Guild selections. She resides in Dallas, where she teaches writing workshops and eats too many tacos. She is also the Critique Group Coordinator for SCBWI North Texas.


Carol Barreyre  writes new adult and adult romantic suspense and YA adult contemporary fiction under the name Addison Brae. She been writing since childhood and continues today with articles, video scripts and other content as an independent marketing consultant. She’s addicted to reading and enjoys jogging, sipping red wine, binge-watching TV series, vintage clothing and hanging out with her artistic other half and their neurotic cat Lucy. She’s a member of International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America, RWA Kiss of Death chapter, SCBWI, and Writers’ League of Texas. Visit to learn more.