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ALABAMA

Birmingham/Hoover
1. When: Every other Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.
2. Venue: Private Homes
3. Leader/Contact:
Jo Kittinger or Joan Broerman
4. Status: Currently full (closed)
5. Group Name/Date: Leaky Pens
6. Genre’s Critiqued: All children’s genres
7. SCBWI Members: Joan Broerman (w), Deanna Calvert (w), Anne Dalton (w),
Jo S. Kittinger (w), Brenda Moore (w), Brenda Posey (w), Debbie Sanders (w)

Birmingham

1. When: Every other Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
2. Venue: Private Home
3. Contact: Nell Branum, nellbran@yahoo.com

4. Status: Currently open
5. Group Name/Date:
6. Genre’s Critiqued: All children’s genres
7. SCBWI Members: Claudia Pearson, Jo Kittinger, Angie Gaskins, Randa Sansing, Nell Branum, Cindy Jones

Note: Meets every other Tuesday. 

Florence     
1. When: Two Saturdays a month at 1:30pm
2. Venue: Florence Library
3. Leader/Contact: Pat Weaver
4. Status: Unclear, contact Pat.
5. Group Name/Date: Shoals Critters.
6. Genre’s Critiqued: Unclear, contact Pat.
7. SCBWI Members: Pat Weaver

Lanett
1. When: First Thursday morning of each month.
2. Venue: Chambers County Library
3. Leader/Contact:
Doraine Bennett
4. Status: Open to new members.
5. Group Name/Date: To be announced.
6. Genre’s Critiqued: PB’s, Poetry, Middle-Grades Novels
7. SCBWI Members: Doraine Bennett, Lynda Hawkins, Megan Isaac.

Huntsville/Madison
1. When: Second Sunday of each month 2:00PM - 5:00PM
2. Venue: Rotates - in private homes, etc.
3. Leader/Contact:
Heather Montgomery
4. Status: Open to new members.
5. Group Name/Date: Writing to Teach
6. Genre’s Critiqued: All genres for children.
7. SCBWI Members: Heather Montgomery and others

Huntsville/Madison
1. When: To be determined
2. Venue: Rotating – to be determined
3. Leader/Contact:
Lance Hopenwasser
4. Status: Actively looking for new members
5. Group Name/Date: Name - to be determined. Date - 2006
6. Genre’s Critiqued: YA and science fiction/fantasy. The sf/f does not necessarily
have to be YA; any format or audience is fine (e.g. graphic novels, MG, and picture
books are fine).
7. SCBWI Members: Lance Hopenwasser (Newly forming group.)

Mobile

Name: Write Club

Venue: Panara BreadSchillenger Rd.

Genre: YA

Status: 

Date Meets: Sunday

SCBWI Members: Joyce Scarbrough, Stephanie Lawton

Niceville

Name: Sheryl A. Hart

Email: sherahart@gmail.com      

Genre:Picture Book, chapter books, middle grade and YA

Note: Group meets at Niceville Library every other week on Wednesday at 9:30 am.

 

Muscle Shoals
1. When: Saturday or Sunday, no set time.
2. Venue: Muscle Shoals Library, Florence Library & Private Homes
3. Leader/Contact:
Sheila Renfro
4. Status: Open to new members.
5. Group Name/Date: To be announced.
6. Genre’s Critiqued: YA, MG, Historical Fiction, Mystery/Fantasy
7. SCBWI Members: Sheila Renfro, Pat Weaver

Tuscaloosa
1. When: 2nd Saturday of each month. 10:00 AM
2. Venue: Tuscaloosa Public Library on Jack Warner Parkway
3. Leader/Contact
Claudia Pearson


4. Status: Open to new members.
5. Group Name/Date: The Guild of Professional Writers for Children
6. Genre’s Critiqued: All genres of children's literature.
7. SCBWI Members: Aileen Henderson, Carol Norton, Claudia Pearson, and others

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GEORGIA

Athens  
1. When:                        Monthly
2. Venue:                      Private Homes
3. Leader/Contact:      Donny Seagraves (Website: http://donnyseagraves.com/)
4. Status:                      Closed to new members.
5. Group Name/Date: Powersurge Writers
6. Genre’s Critiqued:  All Children’s Genres
7. SCBWI Members:  Cindy Crain, Jackie Elsner, Lola Finn, Lori Hammer, 
Gail Karwoski, Sharon Mitchell, Muriel Pritchett, Donny Seagraves,
Bettye Stroud, Susan Vizurraga

Athens/Watkinsville 

1. When: Every other Thursday at 7pm
2. Venue: Oconee public library
3. Leader/Contact: EJ Stapler:
estapler1050@charter.net; 706-248-4809

4. Status: Open to new members.
5. Group Name/Date: 
6. Genre’s Critiqued: Picture Book, YA
7. SCBWI Members: Cindy Hawes, Cary Shadielford, EJ Stapler

Atlanta (Candler Park area)
1. When:                      Once a month.  Lunchtime, or after work.
2. Venue:                     Fellini's on Mclendon, or La Fonda.
3. Leader/Contact:     Susan Simon  
4. Status:                     Open to new members.
5. Group Name/Date: To be announced / 2006
6. Genre’s Critiqued: Any subset of the 3-10 year old age group. 
Manuscripts and illustrations
7. SCBWI Members   Leslie Marlowe (W), Susan Simon (W/I)

Atlanta Mid-Town

1. When:                     Twice a month
2. Venue:                     Jason’s Deli 
3. Leader/Contact:     Julie Fredrick,  jnjfredrick@gmail.com
4. Status:                     Open to new members
5. Group Name/Date: To be announced
6. Genre’s Critiqued: Picture Book
7. SCBWI Members  


Atlanta, Perimeter Mall

Group Name: Write Club

Email:  hayleythescribbler@gmail.com

When: Once a month, usually the last Sunday

Venue: Panera Bread near Perimeter Mall

Leader/Contact: Hayley Vornholt, hayleythescribbler@gmail.com

Status: Open to new members

Genres Critiqued: YA, MG, open to other genres

SCBWI members: Hayley Vornholt, Hannah Roberts

 

Atlanta, Perimeter Mall

Name: DSD

Venue: La Madaline, Perimeter Mall

Contact:  cathi.otyson@earthlink.net

Date:  Every other Sunday

Status:

SCBWI Members: Kara Bietz, Lauren Hopkins Karez, Shannon Jones, Ashleigh Hally, Cathy O'Tyson


Augusta    
1. When:                       Every 3-4 weeks.
2. Venue:                      Private homes.
3. Leader/Contact:      Cathy Fishman    706-733-7647   
4. Status:                      Open to serious writers committed to attending regularly.
5. Group Name/Date:  Augusta Writers’ Group.
6. Genre’s Critiqued:   Picture Books, Rookie Readers, MG, YA, etc. 
7. SCBWI Members:   Cathy Fishman 


Augusta
1. When: EveryTuesday 11-4
2. Venue: Private homes.
3. Leader/Contact: anneiverson@bellsouth.net
4. Status: Open to new members

5. Group Name/Date: Writing Wallondes

6. Genre’s Critiqued: Picture Books, MG
7. SCBWI Members: Anne Iverson, Caren Stewart (W/I)


Carrollton
1. When:                      Meets twice a month
2nd/4th Tuesday  10:00 am-12:00 noon
2nd/4th Thursday 7pm-9pm
2. Venue:                     Carrollton Cultural Arts Center
3. Leader/Contact:     Mary Wilburn / Beverly Bruemmer
For info Contact     David Green  
4. Status:                     Always open
5. Group Name          CCWC Carrollton Creative Writers Club
6. Genre’s Critiqued  All genres
7. SCBWI Members:  David Green

Conyers     
1.  When:                     Once a month as set by group.  Sunday 6:30 pm.
2.  Venue:                    Private Home
3.  Leader/Contact:    No official leader, but may contact Susan Spain                                       
4.  Status:                    Closed to new members, but open to one or two visitors per 
meeting for observation purposes.
5.  Group Name/Inaugural Date:  WING's (Writers In North Georgia) since Fall of 1998
7.  Genre’s Critiqued:  Novels by chapter -- MG & YA, PB, and Articles.
8.  SCBWI Members: Susan Rosson Spain, TK Read, Nancy Craddock, Connie Fleming (W/I), Stephanie Slayton

Cumming     
1. When:                      2nd Tuesday of each month. 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
2. Venue:                     Private homes
3. Leader/Contact:     Donna H. Bowman     
4. Status:                     Currently closed to new members 
5. Group Name/Date: Book Bound Writer's and Illustrator's Group / Established 12-10-1998   
6. Genre’s Critiqued: All Children’s Genres, manuscripts and illustrations
7. SCBWI Members:  Robyn Hood Black (W/I), Donna Bowman (W/I), 
Katrice Graham (W), Heather Kolich (W), Paula Puckett (W/I)

Cumming
1. When:                      2nd Thursday of each month, typically. 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
2. Venue:                    Private home.
3. Leader/Email:        Ruth Zehfuss   
4. Status:                    Currently closed to new members, 
but let her know if you're interested in future openings.
5. Group Name/Date: Lake Writers
6. Genre’s Critiqued:  All genres, all ages.
7. SCBWI Members: Donna Bowman (W/I), Heather Kolich (W)

Decatur

1. When:                    Once a month
2. Venue:                   Private home
3. Leader/Contact:     Randall Bonser: Contact,
debmiller49@mac.com  
4. Status:                   Not open to new members.
5. Group Name/Date: Decatur Chill
6. Genre’s Critiqued:  Picture Books through YA
7. SCBWI Members   Deborah Miller (W), Eric Litwin (W), Rita Farlin (W), Randall Bonser (W), Cynthia Cato Shannon (W)

Decatur

1. When: M or W am
2. Venue: Private home
3. Leader/Contact:
hilary299@yahoo.com
4. Status: Open to new members
5. Group Name/Date:

6. Genres Critiqued: YA, PB, MG
7. SCBWI Members: Hilary King and others.


Decatur

1. When:                     Twice a month 
2. Venue:                    Bookstore in Central Decatur
3. Leader/Contact:      Ricky Jacobs,  rickyjacobs@mac.com 
4. Status:                    Two openings available
5. Group Name/Date: Eagle Writers
6. Genres Critiqued:   YA and Adult
7. SCBWI Members:  Ricky Jacobs, Kimberly Hayes and others.

Douglasville
1. When:                      
2. Venue: West Atlanta
3. Leader/Contact: Lisa Street:
lisajstreet@bellsouth.net; 770-920-0581

4. Status: Seeking another MG or YA writer
5. Group Name/Date:
ABC Writer’s Group
6. Genres Critiqued:
MG fiction and nonfiction.
7. SCBWI Members: 

 

Lawrenceville
1. When:         Twice a month               
2. Venue:                    Barnes & Noble Bookstore
3. Leader/Contact:    Tanya@funch.com

4. Status:                    Not open to new members
5. Group Name/Date:           Inklets
6. Genres Critiqued: Picture books, MG and YA
7. SCBWI Members:  Cathy C. Hall, Deb Mayhew, Lisa Ricard Claro and Tanya Valentine

Marietta

Name: East Cobb Critique Group

Email: daurelios@bellsouth.net or www.alisonhertz.com

Genre: Children's Picture books through YA

Venue: Café 33

Time: 1 and 3rd Wed of the month between 10-12

Note: Meets in person twice a month

Status: Open to 1-2 new members

Savannah

1. When:                      Once a month; date varies.
2. Venue:                     Private homes.
3. Leader/Contact:     Catharine Varnedoe  
4. Status:                     Closed to new members.  However, they do invite people to visit  
and will try to help people contact others who are interested.
5. Group Name/Date: Coastal Kids Writers and Illustrators
6. Genres Critiqued: Manuscripts and illustrations. 
7. SCBWI Members: Catharine Varnedoe, and several others.


Savannah
1. When & Venue:     • Odd-numbered months: third Saturday, 10 am, at Barnes & Noble (Oglethorpe Mall)
• Even-numbered months: third Wednesday, 7 pm, at Barnes & Noble (Oglethorpe Mall)        
2. Leader/Contact:     Daniel Powers 
3. Status:                     Open to new members. 
4. Genres Critiqued:  Manuscripts and illustrations for children. 
5. SCBWI Members: Daniel Powers, and several others. 

Woodstock

When/Where: Sandwich shop, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays

Leader/Contact:  Kitty Klein, kklein2@bellsouth.net

Status: Open

Group Name:

Genres:  PB, MG,YA, Illustrations

SCBWI Members: Kitty Klein, Betty Green, Jan Watford, Kim Zachman, Patti Pruitt, Allison Hertz, Randi Sonenshine


Georgia (Online)
1. When:                      Via weekly IM workshops – 8 writers from all over the U.S.
2. Venue:                     Online
3. Leader/Contact:     Candie Moonshower
4. Status:                     Closed to new members.
5. Group Name/Date: The Story Board
6. Genres Critiqued:   Kid lit - mostly MG & YA, but also PB’s and Articles.
7. SCBWI Members:  Lisa Albert, Kimberly Campbell, Syrl Kazlo, Candie Moonshower, Roxyanne Young.

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FLORIDA - Pan Handle

Tallahassee   
1. When:                          Second Tuesday of the month; 7 - 8:30 pm
2. Venue:                         Leon County Library, downtown location, Henderson Room 
                                         (2nd floor) or first floor program room
3. Leader/Contact:         Ann Morrow (850-656-8671) or M.R. Street (850-566-8675)
4. Status: Open.             The group is also happy to help launch new, smaller critique 
                                         partners/groups if a different date is necessary.
5. Group Name:             Cuppa Critique
6. Genres Critiqued:     Open to any type of children's writing
7. SCBWI Members:     JG Annino, Debra Katz, Regina Lewis, Sylvia Livingston, 
                                        Ann Morrow, M.R. Street, Heather Whitaker.

West Florida/South Alabama - Fort Walton Beach/Niceville

Name: Sheryl A. Hart

Email: sherahart@gmail.com      

Genre:Picture Book, chapter books, middle grade and YA

Note: Group meets at Niceville Library every other week on Wednesday at 9:30 am.

 


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