Register now for Creative Coaching Groups: 6-Month Mentorship Program

I am excited to announce that I will be stepping into the Mentorship Program Coordinator position for SCBWI MD/DE/WV, spearheading the region’s new mentorship program for writers and illustrators, Creative Coaching Groups!

This 6-month mentorship program, available only to SCBWI members, will connect you with a published mentor author or illustrator who will provide detailed written feedback on your work each month and conduct monthly online small group meetings that provide support, brainstorming, and community. You will also have the opportunity to improve your craft through peer critiques. Each cohort will be capped at 3-6 participants.

This program is for you if:

  • You have a manuscript or portfolio completed or in progress.
  • You have been attending a critique group regularly and are beginning to get positive feedback on your work or have a few manuscripts under your belt.
  • You have submitted to agents and publishers and received personalized comments in response.
  • You have published in other fields or other genres of children’s books and want to break into something new.
  • You’re an experienced writer or illustrator but just not sure about your new project.
  • You’re looking for feedback to take your work to the next level.


Each Creative Coaching Group includes:

Monthly mentor critiques: You will submit your work for critique each month and receive a detailed written critique from your mentor, for a total of 6 critiques. (See submission details below for each cohort.) It’s up to you whether you want to submit new work each month, or revise your work and resubmit for another pass. Illustrators will also have the option to follow targeted illustration prompts.

Monthly peer critiques: You will complete a monthly written peer critique for each of the other members of your cohort, and receive written critiques from your peers each month. (Novel critique groups are capped at 3 members, while picture book and illustrator critique groups are capped at 6.)

Online group meetings: You’ll meet with your mentor and cohort for seven 60-90 minute meetings.  (See groups and dates below.) These live online meetings will be a chance to ask questions, brainstorm, get clarification about critiques, and receive craft and career guidance tailored to the needs of the group.

Email group: Your cohort will connect via an email listserv facilitated through Google Groups. This will be your place to share resources, ask questions, and connect with your cohort.


This session of Creative Coaching Groups will run July-December 2021.  See below for costs, dates, deadlines, and details for each specific group.

Picture Book Cohort – Mentor: Tracy C. Gold
Illustrator Cohort – Mentor: Rebecca Evans
Nonfiction Cohort – Mentor: Lisa A. Crayton
Middle Grade Fiction Cohort – Mentor: Meg Eden
Young Adult Fiction Cohort – Mentor: Kathy MacMillan


NOTE: Space is limited and some groups are already filled!  If the session you want is full, OR if the online meeting dates for your desired cohort simply don’t work for you, please scroll to the bottom of the event page to fill out the Waiting List Form. We may form additional cohorts if there is enough interest. Filling out this form does not commit you to anything; it simply allows us to assess interest and contact you if additional spots open up.

See complete details and register at


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