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Writers - Face to Face

Ashland—OPEN The Ashland critique group focuses on young adult and middle grade writing. They meet once a month in Ashland.

Contact: Christie at throwthemintothesea@gmail.com

Clackamas Town Center—FULL This group of six critiques all genres of children’s literature and meets every Thursday afternoon. Meeting place varies.

Contact: Judi at gardinerjudi@hotmail.com

Corvallis—FULL and closed to all new requests at this time. ***The Corvallis Writers Group focuses on children’s writing and illustration, but not exclusively. We meet once a month on the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm, and take turns hosting at our homes.

Contact: Ellen Beier at ellen@ellenbeier.com

Eugene—OPEN and actively seeking new members! Eugene MG & YA Writers is based in Eugene and meets both online and in-person. Do you write MG or YA novels? Are you looking for, and willing to give, constructive, honest critiques? Then this is the group for you.

Contact: chris.tennant@gmail.com

Milwaukie-Gladstone-Oregon City—FULL The Southeast Stories (SES) group focuses on mixed genre: fantasy, realistic, memoir writing, novel in verse, and/or illustration. They are eclectic. They meet once a month on 1st Monday at 6:00 pm, at Jone MacCulloch’s home.

Contact: Jone MacCulloch at macrush53@yahoo.com or call 503-290-6672.

Portland (North)—Now Meeting Online: Check Online Groups for current details The Attic Six focus on young adult and middle grade writing.

Portland—FULL NE Portland Critique Group - Serious writers intent on launching PB publishing careers to meet in-person (Portland, NE Hollywood area) once a month to nurture/polish manuscripts, pitches, and submission queries. Support and uplift each other during the writing-submission-publishing process.

Contact: Leigh at itsfromleigh@hotmail.com

Portland—OPEN Rose City Writers critiques all middle grade and young adult areas of kid lit. They meet every two weeks on Wednesday at 1pm.

Contact: Kimbra Kasch at kimbrakasch@gmail.com

Portland—FULL Very Hungry Writing Group is for writers in all categories of kidlit. I’m looking to start a new critique group with others who would like to have working meet-ups and exchange ideas and encouragement. Preference for weekday daytime meetings, like it’s a real job (it is!) and a dedication to snacks. I may not be the strongest critique partner for sci-fi/fantasy but YA/MG/NF/PB are all welcome.

Contact: Kyla Sweet at kyla.sweet@gmail.com

Portland—OPEN and actively seeking new members! Write, Read, Repeat is a fresh Portland group of avid, motivated writers, and solid, thoughtful readers. Meeting in-person weekly on Thursday nights. For writers of MG and/or YA fiction. 

Contact: TJ at TannerJRydell@gmail.com

Portland—FULL Viva Scriva critiques all genres of kid lit and meets monthly. 

Contact: Amber Keyser at amberjkeyser@gmail.com

Portland—FULL This unnamed group of writer friends encourages each other to create great stories; their main focus is picture books, although they are stretching and growing. They meet once a month at a member’s home.

Contact: Lizzy Carney at lizzycarney@comcast.net

Portland (South East)—FULL The Write Stuff focuses on picture books and illustrations. They meet the 1st week of each month at PCC S.E. Campus Library.

Contact: Deb Bartsch at debscasa.deb@gmail.com or Roz Malin at rrmalin@gmail.com

Rogue Valley—FULL This group critiques picture books, chapter books, middle grade and YA. They meet monthly in Ashland.

Contact: Richard at truehome@jeffnet.org

Salem—OPEN New Picture Book group in Salem. Will meet monthly. First meeting is Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 7 to 8:30 pm at Broadway Commons, 555 Gaines St. NE.

Contact: Mark Wade at wadema27@yahoo.com

Seaside—OPEN The North Coast MG/YA Writers, a new SCBWI critique group, focuses on middle grade and young adult fiction writing. Looking for members to join and set meeting dates, times, and locations.

Contact: Susan Firghil Park at susanamberpark@gmail.com

Tigard—FULL The Tigard Picture Book Group focuses on picture book writing, but critiques all genres of children’s literature. They meet once a month on the second Saturday of each month at 10 am, at the Tigard Public Library.

Contact: Carrie Tillotson at carrietillotson@gmail.com

updated 3/16/2024