Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

South East

Kent, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight



SE Organiser – Marianna Reed Barber

Marianna Reed Barber teaches English as a foreign language to children and teens who visit for their school holidays. She recently completed her MA Writing for Children at the University of Winchester. When not at her desk, you’ll find her walking the dog and taking photographs of the beautiful Sussex countryside and coast. If you have any questions about the South East network, please email on:



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This is a social group run by Cole Burke, open to new members, held on the last Sunday of the month at 11am.  Please contact if you are interested in attending.


CHICHESTER  (discussion group)

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Elizabeth Dale runs Chi SCBWI. This discussion group is more about support than critique, self-setting targets, encouraging each other and sharing industry news. This group is currently full and has a waiting list.


The Guildford critique group is organised by Nick Berry. It meets on the second Tuesday of the month. New members welcome.  Please contact for more details.


The Isle of Wight social group is being organised by Sara Netherway. If you would like to find out more information, please contact

OXFORD (critique group)


Alice Nuttall runs the Oxford critique group. It meets one Tuesday evening a month. It is a great source of encouragement to local writers who write Middle Grade work. The group is currently full but please contact to be put on a waiting list.



Sue Rawlings is running this monthly meeting.  Please email if you are interested and for further details.



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This group was set up by Kate Poels. It is a critique and social group and meets the first Thursday of the month.  This group is currently full. 



This critique group is run by Melanie Webb and Danielle Davies, meeting first Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm. The group is currently full – please contact to be added to the waiting list.



Summer Quigley runs the Southampton group. It meets on the third Thursday of the month except August, from 7.30pm until about 9:30pm. This is a goal setting group and meets to encourage members, share news and set goals for the coming month. Please email to confirm meetings as scheduled.


Kate Walker runs the Ticehurst middle grade critique group. It meets on the second Thursday of the month at 10.30am.  The group is currently full and has a waiting list.


Margaret Sturton currently runs the Winchester group.  This meets on the 2nd Friday of the month.  This group is split in two, for PBs, and MG/YA with a mixture of critique and discussion. Please contact for details.


Chloe Nicoll organises this group for critique and discussion, once a month on a midweek evening. If you are interested, please email


This critique group is currently run by Sharon Davey.  The group meets from 7pm to 9pm on the last Tuesday of the month. The group is nearly full but please contact for details.


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The Wokingham critique group is run by Sally Rowe. They meet at 7.30pm on the last Monday of each month. There are no meetings in December. The group is currently full but please email if you are interested.

Welcome to the South East Network run by Marianna Reed Barber.

We are lucky to have so many thriving critique/social/goal setting groups. You’ll find details on this page.

Please note all sessions are currently being held online, due to Covid-19 restrictions.

If you would like to join one or start up your own, please get in touch with Marianna using the contact form below or by emailing She’d love to hear from you.

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