Free writing workshop for aspiring authors of young adult and middle grade fiction. The first five pages may be all that agents, editors, and readers read, so get them right with the help of three authors over the course of three weeks. During the third week, an agent will also critique your pages and your pitch and pick a workshop winner - the prize is a partial request!
Name: Melissa Miles Genre: Young Adult Title: Hashtag Witness
Hashtag Witness is the story of seventeen-year-old Mindy Jackson, a feisty redhead dreaming big of life after high school. She never planned to spend the end of her junior year jumping at shadows, but a serial killer terrorizing her community causes the summer to begin in a haze of foreboding. Her refuge from small town blues becomes the epicenter of a media frenzy aptly dubbed a "Reign of Terror"--and suddenly the tranquility of her family's secluded lake house has become anything but tranquil.
The killer's arrest should have brought Mindy relief, but instead she's thrust into the media circus swirling around the case in the most negative way possible--as a witness for the Defense. Danger had been closer than she'd imagined, causing her to question everything she'd previously believed about her ability to sense it in her midst.
Cruelly bullied on social media and at school, Mindy struggles to perform her required duty as a subpoenaed witness without compromising her principles. Helping her face down her fears are her quirky group of friends and a mysterious new student, who appears to be everything she's ever wanted in a boyfriend--but can she still trust her instincts?