Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Meet Your Critique Group Coordinators

Click here to read a recent NEWS article by Critique Group Coordinator, Cindy Rodriguez.

Sally Wilkins is coordinating the groups in Northern New England (NH, ME, VT). Sally lives on a small homestead in southern NH. She stays busy with the family business and her grandchildren. Sally’s writing career was nurtured by a critique group that began before they added the “I” to SCBW, and she now cofacilitates two others in the Souhegan Valley.

Rajani LaRocca is coordinating the groups in Central New England (MA). When she’s not practicing medicine, Rajani LaRocca dreams up middle grade novels and picture books. She lives in eastern Massachusetts with her beautiful family and impossibly fluffy dog. An enthusiastic critique group leader and member, she’s grateful for the deep friendships she’s made through writing.

Cindy Rodriguez is coordinating the groups in Southern New England (CT, RI). Cindy is a former journalist turned public school teacher. She is the author of When Reason Breaks, a YA novel (Bloomsbury, 2015), and “I’m a Survivor,” an essay in Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles (Simon Pulse, 2018). She lives in Connecticut, where she is a member of two critique groups. She is also a big fan of the three Cs: coffee, chocolate, and coconut.

The role of the coordinator is to support the critique group leaders, help volunteers start new groups, and to keep the Open Group List up to date. You can reach all three coordinators at It is helpful to place their name in the subject line.

For an up-to-date list of open critique groups, visit

NESCBWI Critique Groups are held, usually on a monthly basis, in communities throughout all the New England states. Each group is unique, shaped by the talents of the Critique Group Leader and the participants.