SCBWI Florida


Group Leaders: Penny Taub
Call Penny for directions, meeting dates or information
at 727-474-5047.
Meeting Info: Group meetings are First and Third Wednesday of each month, from 10 AM to 12 Noon, at one of the memberís home. All members live in the Northern Part of Pinellas County, pass the Countryside Mall.
Members: Members are serious writers for children, striving for publication. Our focus is on critiquing any work: fiction or non-fiction, from picture books to young adult. Members should have work ready for each meeting.
Open to New Members? The group is by invitation, only. Please, submit a copy of a story, indicating the genre or intended audience. The material will be reviewed and presented to the group for a critique and evaluation.

Thank you so much for contacting our chapter. This is an important first step in becoming a professional writer and getting published! We wish you the best of luck in getting your writing published. We look forward to reading your story.


Group Leader: Karen Bachman Palumbo
Meeting Info: Meets bi-monthly from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in private home in Oldsmar.
Members in Group: 5
Open to New Members? Not at this time.
Focus: To critique manuscripts (PB, MG and YA) while assisting each other as we all move toward publication.

Tampa-International Mall

Group Leader: Eileen Goldenberg
Meeting Info: 9:45-11:45 am monthly at Starbucks at International Plaza in Tampa.

Members in Group: 5
Focus: all genres from PB to YA
Open to New Members? Sorry, have reached our max.

SCBWI of Pinellas

Group Leader: Gail Lenhard
Meeting Info: West St. Petersburg Community Library located at: 6700 8th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL 341-7199,
4th Saturday of month from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm.
Open to New Members? Yes.
Please contact Gail Lenhard, [email protected], (727) 521-9890 or (727) 822-5118.

St. Petersburg - Harborside

Group Leader: Theodora Aggeles
Meeting Info: Every other Monday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 at The Harborside Marina.
Members in Group: The group is a mix of published adult and children's fiction and nonfiction writers and one writer/illustrator. The group is currently closed, but will welcome writers when a slot opens.
Open to New Members? No, but this may change
Focus: We hope to help each other through critiquing each other's work by sharing support, feedback on manuscripts, and offering a forum to read our ongoing writing as we work toward publishing picture books, middle-grade readers and YA novels.