Tuesday, December 27, 2011

7 1st 5 Pages December Workshop - 3rd Round Revisions Up

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Can you believe it is almost the new year already? It feels like it should still be May, right? And have you seen the stores? We went out for some last minute things on Saturday and the stores had Valentine's Day things out on display already. As if time doesn't fly fast enough.

The last round of revisions is up for our December 1st Five Pages Workshop! Please jump in and help polish up these entries.

And don't forget that the next Workshop will begin soon. Our monthly 1st Five Pages Workshops start the first Saturday of every month. We accept the first five middle grade or young adult manuscripts received by email starting at noon. Lisa 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 as follows:
    Your Name
    Revision Number
6. Send the entry in plain text, single spaced, with a double 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 every round in a kind and courteous manner.

You can send your emails at noon (Eastern Time) the first Saturday of the month to kidlit at writeedge dot com. We will accept the first five entries that arrive meeting all the above formatting criteria.

Happy reading and revising!



  1. It's just so great that you guys do this. I'm sure lots of craft knowledge is gained from the constructive criticism alone.

  2. Thank you so much for all your feedback this month!

  3. Angela -
    I cannot recommend this experience enough - I've learned more this month than I have from two different online courses I've taken. Fantastic feedback!

  4. I'm with Marilee on this! Having the opportunity to get specific feedback on the first five pages has been invaluable for me. And it has really helped me with my premise and character devlopment throughout the entire book. So great. Can we enter again with another novel?

  5. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for allowing me on this journey!! You all helped me out sooooo much. This experience has been invaluable. I will highly recommend it to everyone!

  6. What a great workshop! I've enjoyed everyone's feedback and will put it to use. I'll be sure to recommend it to others, as well!

  7. Martina, you and Lisa ooze awesomeness by doing this. All good things to you in 2012.


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