Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

The Great Critique 2022

Date(s) - 01/09/2022
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


SCBWI WWA will present THE GREAT CRITIQUE on SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 2022. from 1 to 4 p.m., featuring Guest Speaker Donna Barba Higuera, via Zoom. It all follows a morning of inspiration with the LOCAL SUCCESS PANEL from 10 to 11 a.m.

The Great Critique offers writers and illustrators the opportunity to receive feedback from a published professional and their peers, while experiencing a model critique group made up of creatives from within the same genre (PB, MG, YA, and, new this year, Graphic Novels).

Participants new to critique groups will get a chance to experience how the critiquing process can help strengthen their work, while those already in a critique group will enjoy feedback from a fresh set of eyes and ears.



How will this work via Zoom?

After registration closes on December 30, attendees will receive an email with instructions on how to join the event via Zoom. You’ll upload your manuscript or illustrations to a OneDrive folder you’ll receive in an email. At the event, the OneDrive folder will be available to all participants in the group for feedback. Your manuscript or illustrations must be uploaded by January 6 to participate. No last-minute changes or uploads.


WRITERS may share the first 500 words of their manuscript

• ILLUSTRATORS AND WRITER-ILLUSTRATORS may share a picture book dummy or up to five illustration samples

GRAPHIC NOVELISTS (new this year!) may share the first 500 words of their manuscript or up to five illustrated pages

NONFICTION CREATORS should sign up for the appropriate age category for the work they plan to share


Guest Speaker Donna Barba Higuera

Award-winning, middle-grade and picture-book author Donna Barba Higuera will kick off festivities with a professional’s take on successful critiquing. Her talk promises to be fun-filled—like her books—as she lays out the tools you’ll need to embrace useful feedback and deliver the unique critique perspective only YOU can give.

A veteran critiquer and Great Critique alum, Donna is the winner of such prestigious awards as the Pura Belpré Honor, the Sid Fleischman Award for humor, the ALA Best Books for Youth List, and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.

For more about her delightful books, visit


You must pre-register! Since space is available on a first-come, first-served basis, the Great Critique usually fills quickly—so dont delay. Registration opening soon!
Its the event you’ve been waiting for!


Fees are non-refundable.

SCBWI members: $25 

Non-members: $35