Creative Coaching Groups January-June 2024

Jan 01, 2024 - Jun 30, 2024

Online event

This 6-month mentorship program, available only to SCBWI Premium Members, will connect you with a published mentor author or illustrator who will provide detailed written feedback on your work each month, for a total of 6 critiques. It’s up to you whether you want to submit new work each month, or revise your work and resubmit for another pass. Illustrators will also have the option to follow targeted illustration prompts. Each cohort will be capped at 3-6 participants. The pricing of our cohorts is based on the cost of the monthly mentor critiques. REGISTRATION FOR JANUARY-JUNE 2024 IS NOW CLOSED.

Bonus Features

Monthly peer critiques: You will complete a monthly written peer critique for each of the other members of your cohort, and receive written critiques from your peers each month. 

• Online group meetings: You’ll meet with your mentor and cohort for seven 60-90 minute meetings. These live online meetings will be a chance to ask questions, brainstorm, get clarification about critiques, and receive craft and career guidance tailored to the needs of the group.

• Email group: Your cohort will connect via an email listserve facilitated through Google Groups. This will be your place to share resources, ask questions, and connect with your cohort.

About our January-June 2024 Cohorts:


Writers Getting Ready Cohort

Mentor: Naomi Milliner


Picture Book Cohort – Beginner/Intermediate

Mentor: Jonathan Roth


Picture Book Cohort – Advanced

Mentor: John Micklos, Jr.


Easy Reader/Chapter Book/Middle Grade Fiction Cohort

Mentor: J. H. (Jean) Diehl


Middle Grade Young Adult Fiction Cohort - Beginner/Intermediate

Mentor: Kathy MacMillan


Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction Cohort – Advanced

Mentor: Meg Eden Kuyatt


Nonfiction Cohort

Mentor: Ann McCallum Staats


Illustrator Cohort

Mentor: Mirka Hokkanen

Registration Details

You must be logged in to your SCBWI account in order to register.

This program is open to all SCBWI Premium Members, and there is no screening requirement. To make the mentorship program the best possible experience for everyone, please check that you meet the experience level requirements for the cohort you register for.

If you wish to add a second cohort, please email with “Add a CCG cohort” in the subject line.

Registration will close on December 26, 2023.

Please note registration confirmations are no longer emailed. You can find your confirmation and other important Creative Coaching Group information on your member home page under Events.

Cancellation Policy 

No refunds will be given after December 26 2023.

Waiting list

If the session you want is full, OR if the online meeting dates for your desired cohort simply don’t work for you, please fill out our Waiting List Form. We may form additional cohorts if there is enough interest. Filling out this form does not commit you to anything; it simply allows us to assess interest and contact you if additional spots open up.

Before you register, please read the Creative Coaching Group Participant Agreement:

In registering for the Creative Coaching Group 6-Month Mentorship Program, you agree to the following:

• You will be expected to complete 2-5 peer critiques each month (depending on cohort size). If you have an emergency and need an extension, you must discuss this with your mentor.

• If you fail to either complete your peer critiques or request an extension, you will not be eligible to submit a manuscript for critique the following month, but will still be responsible for completing your peer critiques the following month.

• Group live sessions may be recorded and the recordings made available to the group participants for 30 days.

• If you miss a submission deadline, you may forfeit that month’s critiques from both mentor and peers.

• You may not use, in part, or in whole, any aspect of a fellow mentee's manuscript or basic concept in your own work. Violating this rule is considered plagiarism and can be prosecuted by law.

• If you violate the terms laid out above, you may be asked to leave the group and will not receive a refund.


Questions? Email