October 2018 Workshop

Our October Workshop kicked off on Saturday, October 6th at noon EST!

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








Mary Taranta,
 Author of SHMIIER AND BURN






Literary Kaitlyn Johnson
 of Corvisiero Literacy

Workshop Entries

The Weight of Your Legacy by Shirlyn Chin
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Mentors: Mary Taranta
       Original Submission with Comments
       First Revision with Comments
       Final Revision with Comments
       Agent's Comments

Dangerous Dreams by Lisa Kuder
Genre: Young Adult Thriller
Mentors: Mary Taranta
      Original Submission with Comments
      First Revision with Comments
      Final Revision with Comments
      Agent's Comments

In Sheeps Skin by Kaylyn Nelson
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Mentors: Mary Taranta
       Original Submission with Comments
       First Revision with Comments
       Final Revision with Comments
       Agent Comments

The Secretes That Divide Us by Mary Rowley
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Mentors: Mary Taranta
       Original Submission with Comments
       First Revision with Comments
       Final Revision with Comments
       Agent Comments

The Dreamwalkers by May Zhu
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Mentors: Mary Taranta
       Original Submission with Comments
       First Revision with Comments
       Final Revision with Comments
       Agent 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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