SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Great Critique Resources


 

GUIDELINES FOR GREAT CRITIQUE EVENT – SUMMER 2022

In-Person and Virtual

 

If you register with Zoey Abbot, Brian W. Parker, Jane Kurtz, or Melissa Hart, you will be meeting in person. Please scroll down and read the instructions for IN-PERSON GREAT CRITIQUE EVENTS.


If you register with Suma Subramaniam, J. Anderson Coats, Deborah Hopkinson, or Dawn Babb Prochovnic, you will be meeting virtually. Please scroll down and read the instructions for VIRTUAL GREAT CRITIQUE EVENTS.




IN-PERSON GUIDELINES:

(Please, no food and only closed-container drinks)

 

How it will work for Writers, In-Person 

1. Choose your published author critiquer. You’ll be in a group of up to 6 peers and the published author. Choose only one critiquer–make sure you read their bios to see what genre they are critiquing. You must choose a critiquer when you register.

2. Send a maximum of five double-spaced pages or 1200 words. DO NOT send more. Use standard manuscript format; see the link below if you are not familiar with that. For picture books, please send the entire manuscript, up to 1200 words.

Sample-Standard-Manuscript-Format.doc or Sample-Standard-Manuscript-Format.pdf

Sample of Picture Book Format.doc or Sample of Picture Book Format.pdf  

3. Email your manuscript to coordinator Lisa Gerlits no later than Saturday, June 18th. Be sure to include your last name in the file name (e.g. Smith-FantasticStory.doc or .docx to lisagerlits@hotmail.com)

4. You will also need to bring 7 copies of your manuscript for everyone at your table. During the critique session, each participant will read aloud from their work while others make notes on the manuscript. They’ll write down what they like, mark errors they see, and indicate where they are confused or have questions.

5. The professional writer will verbally critique your work. If there’s time, other participants may comment.

6. You’ll receive your copies with written comments from everyone in your group. Take them home and let the ideas simmer.



 

How it will work for Illustrators, In-Person 

1. You will be in a group of up to 6 peers and a published illustrator. Make sure you choose the illustration critiquer when you register. Read the faculty bios to see who is critiquing illustrations.

2. Send up to 5 of your best portfolio pieces or the first 5 images from a dummy. Each image should be no larger than 500k. Please include your last name in each file name (e.g. Jones-print1.jpg or .jpeg). Email to coordinator Lisa Gerlits no later than Saturday, June 18th at lisagerlits@hotmail.com.

3. You will also need to bring these 5 portfolio pieces to the event. Bring one set of color copies for the professional. Do not bring originals. These copies will be written on. Bring black and white copies for your peers. If the images are small, you may put more than one per page.

4. If you are bringing a picture book dummy, provide one copy of your dummy for the professional and copies of a storyboard for the members of your group.

5. We will tell you how many will be in your group after registration closes. We’ll also send you some basic critique group guidelines.

6. During the session, each participant will introduce their portfolio pieces and pass them around to the group. Others will take notes, jotting down what they like, what doesn’t work for them, and any questions they have.

7. The professional illustrator will verbally critique your work. If there’s time, other participants may comment.

8. You’ll receive your copies with written comments from everyone in your group. Take them home and let the ideas simmer.

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VIRTUAL GUIDELINES

 

How it will work for Writers, Virtual:

1.  Choose your published author critiquer. You’ll be in a group up to 6 peers and the published author. Choose only one critiquer–make sure you read their bios to see what genre they are critiquing. You must choose a critiquer when you register.

2. Send a maximum of five double-spaced pages or 1200 words. DO NOT send more. Use standard manuscript format; see the link below if you are not familiar with that. For picture books, please send the entire manuscript, up to 1200 words.

Sample-Standard-Manuscript-Format.doc or Sample-Standard-Manuscript-Format.pdf

Sample of Picture Book Format.doc or Sample of Picture Book Format.pdf 

3. Email your manuscript to coordinator Lisa Gerlits no later than Saturday, June 18th. Be sure to include your last name in the file name (e.g. Smith-FantasticStory.doc or .docx to lisagerlits@hotmail.com)

4. A day or two before the event you will be emailed a Zoom link along with some basic critique group guidelines. We recommend a high speed internet connection and a quiet space or headphones. We’ll meet as a large group for faculty introductions, and then go to breakout rooms for small group critiques. 

5. During the critique session, each participant will read aloud from their work. Please print a copy of your manuscript to read from. Your faculty member will screen share your pages so others can follow along, but it is best if you read from your own copy.  

6. The professional writer will verbally critique your work. If there’s time, other participants may comment. Take notes, as you will not receive written comments. Let the ideas simmer.

 

 


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