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SCBWI Scotland Hub and Critique Groups

Have a browse below to find out about all the regular Critique Groups and Hubs run by SCBWI Scotland volunteers. If you would like to join any of these groups, please email or use the contact form at the bottom of this page.



Barbara Henderson lives in Inverness and writes historical Middle Grade. She co-ordinates the Inverness Writers Group, SCBWI members are welcome! For details on when and where we meet see the SCBWI BI What’s On page



A friendly, supportive group for members who write and illustrate for children of any age group. The group includes a mixture of Picture Book and Middle Grade writers, and a couple of illustrators.
Meetings are monthly and alternate between Zoom and in person.  The group is run by Jenny Skene. Jenny lives in Aberdeen and writes picture books. For details on when and where we meet see the SCBWI BI What’s On page



Tita Berredo is a children’s writer and illustrator born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Apart from her own projects, Tita works as a freelance illustrator in Glasgow and she leads children’s writing and illustration workshops across the country. For details on when and where we meet see the SCBWI BI What’s On page



Linda Macmillan

A critique group with mutual support at its heart. Whilst this group does include a couple of teen/YA writers, it is predominantly a Middle Grade critique group. The group meets in person once a month in Edinburgh, with the opportunity to join in online. Submissions are circulated one week before each meeting and feedback is prepared in advance. This critique group is led by Linda Macmillan. Linda lives in Edinburgh and writes Middle Grade fiction. For details on when and where we meet see the SCBWI BI What’s On page.



The SCWBI Scotland Picture Book Critique group is coordinated by Hannah Sanguinetti  and Catherine Lindow. The group is a real mixture – Some write in rhyme, some don’t. Some are author/illustrators.  Everyone has different levels of experience, but it’s a friendly and helpful group. Members are from all over Scotland, so it will remain a zoom group, but with hopes of meeting up occasionally.

Hannah Sanguinetti is a children’s picture book writer and illustrator based in Trieste, Italy. In 2018 Hannah was awarded the Moniack Mhor Writing for Children award and the Margaret Carey Scholarship for Illustration. Hannah enjoys collaborative projects and is currently illustrating a set of commissioned picture books and preparing author/illustrator submissions. 

Catherine paints and illustrates from her attic studio in Fife. Her watercolour and pencil illustrations have been twice shortlisted for the Kelpies Design Prize and she is a graduate of the Picture Hooks mentoring scheme. As well as illustrating books, she also counts murals, activity sheets and workshops among recent projects. She works part time for Edinburgh Libraries and is passionate about bringing children and books together, and using pictures to tell stories.

For details on when and where we meet see the SCBWI BI What’s On page.



Our Edinburgh based Young Adult critique group for writers of fiction for teenagers and young adults is run by Helen MacKenzie. Helen writes YA and MG fiction and lives near Edinburgh. Helen holds a New Writers Award (2017) and is one of SCBWI 2020’s Undiscovered Voices. For details on when and where we meet see the SCBWI BI What’s On page



This critique group meets once a month and is run by Caroline Deacon. Caroline has worked extensively as a features writer and has had multiple non-fiction books published. She writes fiction for MG, YA, early readers, and picture books. She is agented by Lindsey Fraser (Fraser Ross)

This is a friendly and informal get together, but remains constructively critical. We allocate time/ reading length according to the number coming along, but usually folk get our undivided attention for about 20 minutes. Submissions one week in advance of meeting. For details on when and where we meet see the SCBWI BI What’s On page




There are three monthly Huddle groups. The Morning Huddle meets on the second Wednesday morning of every month. The Evening Huddle meets on the third Wednesday of every month. The Weekend Huddle meets on monthly Saturday mornings. 

Our principal aim is to provide support and encouragement through discussion and goal setting for writers and illustrators. Mainly we’ll all be having a good old chat about our current projects and sharing virtual tea and cake. All genres/projects welcome. The groups are run by Onie Tibbitt and Angela Murray. 

Onie Tibbitt is writing a dual timeline young adult/crossover spooky historical fiction book. She’s a life celebrant and co-director of a therapies business. 

Angela worked in the film industry for over a decade. These days she writes historical stories with a sprinkle of magic for both middle-grade and adult readers and was part of the Undiscovered Voices 2020 anthology. She lives in Hamburg, Germany but her heart remains in Glasgow (except for the days when the Old Firm are playing.)

For details on when and where we meet see the SCBWI BI What’s On page.



The Book Club meets once a month to discuss current and classic children’s fiction. It’s run by Sheila Adamson and Claire Watts. The books will be decided in advance and posted on the events page.


Claire Watts has been a writer and editor of nonfiction for children for thirty years, with over fifty published titles to her name. She’s been writing fiction for most of that time too, has self-published three YA novels.

Sheila Adamson writes YA fantasy and works in university professional services. She lives in Edinburgh.

For details on when and where we meet see the SCBWI BI What’s On page.

Competitions and Opportunity News:

Yvonne Banham keeps an eye open for any interesting competitions, competition updates, and opportunities that might appeal to our members and posts them on our SCBWI Scotland FaceBook page. Yvonne was one of SCBWI BI’s Undiscovered Voices 2020 and her MG debut will be published in early 2023.


Thank you to SCBWI member and fabulous illustrator Hannah Sanguinetti for designing this gorgeous SCBWI Scotland banner. Check out Hannah’s work here.

Further information:

To get in touch with a hub or critique group leader, email or use the contact form below.

For dates of when these groups run, see our events page.

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