February 2018 Workshop

Our February Workshop will kick off on Saturday, February 3rd at noon  EST. New this year, we're hosting  a Twitter chat the Wednesday before our submission window opens. Our a our mentors and agents will be on the #1st5pages hashtag to answer your questions January 31st from 8 - 9 P.M.

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 is not 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. 

Once our participants are selected, the links below will be updated throughout the workshop to let you read the comments 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





Author: Kelley Armstrong,
#1 New York Times Bestselling author of:
RITUALS




Literary Agent: Laura Crockett
 of TridaUS


Workshop Entries

  

Painted Scars by Dawn Elize
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Mentors: Kelley Armstrong, Christina June, and Stasia Kehoe
       Original Submission with Comments
       First Revision with Comments
       Final Revision with Comments
       Agent's Comments

Fearless by Britney Shae
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Mentors: Kelley Armstrong, Shannon Parker, and Heather Petty
      Original Submission with Comments
      First Revision with Comments
      Final Revision with Comments
     Agent's Comments

Of Wings by Rochele Smit
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Mentors: Kelley Armstrong, Heather Cashman, and Beth Turley
       Original Submission with Comments
       First Revision with Comments
       Final Revision with Comments
       Agent Comments

Dreams of Flying by Michelle Walsh
Genre: Middle Grade Realistic
Mentors: Kelley Armstrong, Rob Vlock, and Kimberley Griffiths Little
       Original Submission with Comments
       First Revision with Comments
       Final Revision with Comments
       Agent Comments

Extrasensory by Larysia Woropay
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Mentors: Kelley Armstrong, Erin Cashman, and Ron Smith
      Original Submission with Comments
      First Revision with Comments
      Final Revision with Comments
      Agent's Comments
    



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Previous Workshops

      (Use sidebar links for earlier workshops)
        

Enter Your Own First Five Pages    

Interested in participating yourself? See here. But even if your own manuscript isn't in the workshop, seeing how the manuscripts evolve over three weeks with the help of our mentoring authors and literary agent can help you make HUGE leaps forward with your own manuscript.

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