Saturday, May 26, 2018

The May 2018 Workshop with Lit Agent Natascha Morris and Author/Editor J.M. Lee

Our May Workshop kicked off on Saturday, May 5th at noon EST. Our  Wednesday Twitter chat on took place on May 2nd for participants past, present, and future to chat with mentors and our agent. If you missed the chat, you can read the #1st5pages Q&A here.

The First Five Pages Workshop is here to help writers find their manuscript's best possible opening with the help of two of our permanent author mentors and a featured guest author. The Workshop runs over the course of three consecutive weeks. In the final week, a literary agent will review the pitch and final draft of the pages. Not only will the agent provide notes, they will also offer a partial request and critique for at least one selected winner.

And that's not all! The workshop isn't just for the writers who have submitted manuscripts. For any writer, seeing how each manuscript evolves with the help of our mentoring authors and literary agent can be an unparalleled learning experience in how publishing really works and how professionals and readers read. 

Follow along and see the transformation on each of the workshop manuscripts: what worked, what didn't work, and why. This page will always have the most recent workshop displayed with additional workshops linked below.  Follow along with the workshop! Additional workshops are also available in chronological order on the site sidebar.

Guest Mentors

J.M. Lee,

Literary Agent Natascha Morris
 of Bookends Literary

Workshop Entries

Shadows Rising by Rebecca Burton
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Mentors: J.M. Lee, Wendy Spinale, and Holly Bodger
       Agent's Comments

The Forest of Beating Hearts by Mary Johnson
Genre: Middle Grade Dark Fantasy
Mentors: J. M. Lee, Ron Smith, and Erin Cashman
      Agent's Comments

What We Do is Secret by James Prenatt
Genre: Young Adult Horror Fantasy
Mentors: J. M. Lee, Heather Cashman, and Brenda Drake
       Agent Comments

The Big Fairy Tale by Adam Veile
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Mentors: J. M. Lee, Rob Vlock, and Melanie Conklin
       Agent Comments

Never, Sometimes by Paige Wyatt
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Mentors: J. M. Lee, Christina June, and Stephanie Scott
      Agent's Comments

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