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A New Critique Group at Write Links!

Author and Write Links coordinator, Ali Rutstein on How to Critique Picture Books


Hello aspiring and emerging authors and illustrators!

Are you like me when I started writing and have googled extensively on ‘how to get published’ and found out that it’s super helpful to join a writing group and take part in critiques?

Well you have come to a wonderfully supportive and informative place here at Write Links!




Some of our Write Links coordination team – L to R: Alison Rutstein, Karen Tyrrell & Yvonne Mes


Write Links meetings start off with one hour of professional development sessions, writing activations or creative wisdom followed by an hour of networking and ending with critique groups. When I joined up with Write Links in 2019 there were four groups:

  • Picture book critique group
  • Junior Fiction/ Middle grade critique group
  • Young Adult Fiction critique group and the
  • Illustration critique group

Click here to read more about the team who coordinates these groups.


Last month we added a new critique group!

  • Upper Middle grade and Young YA critique group

The first upper middle grade/ young YA critique group coordinated by Liane McDermott


Those who attended our April meeting were treated to an excellent workshop on

How to Critique Picture Books.’

With hot tips from Alison Rutstein, author of the 2024 Notable picture book ‘Ladybirds don’t go to Day Care’, and a ‘live critique’ run by prolific author Alison Mclennan . This was an informative session with loads of wisdom to take away.

Picture book critique group at Write Links

We also have revamped critique guidelines which will ensure critiques run smoothly, fairly and that all members will get the best out of their feedback, all thanks to our fearless leader, author, illustrator and emcee extraordinaire Yvonne Mes.

YA critique group at Write Links

So if you’re an aspiring, emerging, or established children’s author in Brisbane, are available to attend meetings at The State Library of Queensland on the first Saturday of the month and are eager to further your writing and forge friendships through critique groups, then why don’t you consider joining Write Links?


by Sandhya Parappukkaran


Photo credit: Karen Tyrrell 

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