January 2018 Workshop

Welcome and Happy Holidays! Our first Workshop for 2018 will kick off at noon on Saturday, January 6th. New this year will be a with a twitter chat with permanent and guest mentors on Wednesday, January 3rd, from 8 to 9 PM, EST. Stop by to chat about writing and revising on the #1st5pages hashtag.

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. 

Follow along with the workshop! 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. Additional workshops are also available in chronological order on the site sidebar.

Guest Mentors

Author: Christina June,
author of:

Literary Agent: Abby Saul
 of The Lark Group

Assigned Permanent Mentors

The mentors will be assigned once our participants are selected. Each mentor bio will be listed below.

Learn more about our permanent workshop mentors here. 


Workshop Entries

The participants will be listed below with each assigned mentor. 


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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