SCBWI -- fee to join --Go to the regional site and sign up for critique groups, conferences and read "The Book"!
The Children's Book Academy founded by Mira Reisberg -- fee to attend -- occasional free webinars. Courses targeted to picture book writers, chapter book writers, middle grade writers AND illustrators (as well as specialized courses focused on humor, self-publishing, websites and more!)
Resources specific to Picture book writing--
Julie Hedlund's 12x12 --Fee to join--for opportunities to find critique partners, get online critiques, join a group of dedicated writers sharing information on writing/revising/submitting, submit to agents & editors
Susanna Leonard Hill's website and online classes --step-by-step classes (fee for these), find critique partners, keep up-to-date with picture book reviews, post your pitches for writing community (and possibly editorial!) feedback, enter contests with great prizes!
|Class Mentors - Denise Fleming and Pat Cummings|
|Art director - Laurent Linn|
I haven't been good about taking photos recently!
|Manuscript critiquer - Paul O. Zelinsky|
|Bruce Degen, Pat Cummings, Denise Fleming, June 2014 picture book boot camp|
|Paul O. Zelinsky, Bruce Degen, Pat Cummings June 2014 Picture book boot camp|
|Farewell to a critique group co-founder - softened with cake!|
|Author Debbie Dadey (on left)|
|I'm at Chris Cheng's workshop (second row)|