Saturday, April 2, 2011

8 April First Five Page Workshop Announcement.

First, thanks and congrats to all last month's participants! Lisa and I are beyond impressed with the progress made on each and every one of them. Last week, we offered the participants a poll to help draw additional feedback and assess relative strength. They opted-in, and the winner is...

Vicki Tremper

We'll be sending Vicki a copy of So Shelly by Ty Roth.

And Now for the April Workshop

We will accept the first five middle grade or young adult manuscripts received by email starting at noon todayLisa Gail Green and I will tell you what we see in those first five pages with respect to your voice, plot, characters, setting, pacing and writing in general. If appropriate, we'll try to help you pull your hook forward and strengthen your voice and structure. You'll also get feedback and comments from your peers throughout the month, and have the opportunity to post revisions each week so you'll end up the strongest possible start.

The rules are simple:

1. Manuscripts must be middle grade or young adult.
2. Manuscripts do not need to be completed, but must be your own, original work.
3. Send us the first five pages, with each page approximately 250 words, max 1250 words.
4. Do NOT send any synopsis or summary information.
5. Do include your name and genre at the top.
6. Send the entry in plain text, single spaced, with a carriage return between paragraphs.
7. Be prepared to receive honest, constructive feedback.
8. Be prepared to provide honest, constructive feedback to each of your fellow workshop participants in a kind and courteous manner.

That's it. Simple, right?

Send your emails at noon (Eastern Time) to kidlit at writeedge dot com.

Happy writing and revising,



  1. Congrats, Vicki!

    And whoever makes it into the five for this month, it's a wonderful workshop. I learned so much last month!

  2. Thanks Lisa and Martina, and everyone who participated last month and in the poll! To echo Nicole, it was an awesome learning experience. It really helped me see the kinds of weak phrasing I fall back on without realizing.

    Good luck to this month's participants!

  3. Well I hope I get into this round... this looks to be a great help!

  4. Quick question, as I'm not familiar with the format. Is there some sort of confirmation email or do we wait and see which ones get posted to know if ours went through in time?

  5. Congrats to Vicki and good luck to the new people entering the next workshop.

  6. Congrats, Vickie! I feel like we all were winners in the March workshop. You all helped me find my voice for my manuscript and it's reading much better. Thanks Martina and Lisa, you both are awesomelicious! :D


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