Workshop

Welcome! The First Five Pages Workshop is here to help writers find their manuscripts best possible opening with the help of three published authors and a literary agent over the course of three consecutive weeks.

But the workshop is not just for the writers who have submitted manuscripts. For any writer, seeing how the manuscripts evolve 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! Use the links below and read the comments and transformations on each manuscript to see 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.

The October 2017 Workshop opened for submissions at NOON on 10/7/17. See here for details!

October 2017 Workshop

Guest Mentors



Author: Amy Fellner Dominy,
author of COOKIESAURUS REX and
DIE FOR YOU



Literary Agent: Kaitlyn Johnson
 of Corvisierio Literary Agency

Assigned Permanent Mentors



The mentors will be updated once assigned to each participant. 
Learn more about our permanent workshop mentors here. 

Holly Bodger is the author of 5 to 1 (Knopf, May 2015). She was a finalist in the YA category of the 2013 RWA Golden Heart and has been the logline guru for Miss Snark’s First Victim for several years. She owns too many hats, eats too much cheese and spends too much time complaining about the Canadian weather. She is represented by Lauren MacLeod of The Strothman Agency.

Martina Boone, the workshop founder, loves reading and writing romantic books set in magical places for adults and young adults. She is the award-winning author of COMPULSION and the Southern Gothic HEIRS OF WATSON ISLAND trilogy for young adult readers from Simon and Schuster/Simon Pulse, and the Celtic Legends Collection for adult readers, including LAKE OF DESTINY and BELL OF ETERNITY. She is also the principal blogger at our sister site, AdventuresinYAPublishing.com, a three-time Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and the founder of YASeriesInsiders.com.

Heather Cashman has a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, but the lab reports always lacked the fantastical element Heather's imagination demands. Hypotheses turned into taglines and novels that range from Epic Fantasy to Contemporary Speculative Fiction. Agent Intern. Assistant to Brenda Drake and all things #PitchWars #PitMad #PitchMadness. Member, SCBWI.

Melanie Conklin is a writer, reader, and all-around lover of words and those who create them. Her debut novel for middle grade readers, COUNTING THYME, was published by Putnam & Sons in April, 2016. She lives in South Orange, New Jersey with her husband and two small maniacs.

Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. Her first novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® award for Best First Book. In addition to the FORGET TOMORROW series, her other books include THE DARKEST LIE and GIRL ON THE VERGE. The paperback of her novel REMEMBER YESTERDAY released September 5th. Her next novel, SEIZE TODAY (Forget Tomorrow, #3) released October 3rd, 2017.

S. D. Grimm’s first love in writing is young adult fantasy and science fiction. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency and author of SCARLET MOON and the forthcoming SUMMONER. She currently has four books under contract, including the remainder of her YA fantasy series Children of the Blood Moon. When she’s not writing or editing, Sarah enjoys reading (of course!), practicing kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu, training dogs, and binge-watching shows with great characters. Her office is anywhere she can curl up with her laptop and at least one large-sized dog.

Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since. When she’s not writing, she’s most often engaged in pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures and dungeon crawls. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and four rescued greyhounds. FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP, her debut YA from Sky Pony, is now available. Her upcoming releases include ANNA STRONG (Abrams Kids) and REIGN OF THE FALLEN (Razorbill), out in 2018.

Lisa Maxwell is the New York Tim bestselling author of SWEET UNREST, GATHERING DEEP, UNHOOKED, and THE LAST MAGICIAN. When she's not writing books, she's an English professor at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.

Stephanie Scott writes Young Adult for teens and those young in spirit. Her debut ALTERATIONS is set for release by Bloomsbury Spark. Her writing is also featured in WELCOME HOME, a YA anthology focused on adoption themed stories. Stephanie is an active member of Romance Writers of America and its online YA chapter YARWA, and a current writing mentor in online pitch contests. She enjoys dance fitness and cat memes, and Pinterest is driving her broke. One current life goal is to cosplay Hoth Leia from The Empire Strikes Back. Born and raised in Kalamazoo where there are no zoos, she’s a Midwest girl at heart. She now lives outside of Chicago with her tech-of-all-trades husband.

Wendy Spinale is the author of EVERLAND and UMBERLAND, both from Scholastic. She's a published professional journalist with the AOL/Patch Media’s Pleasanton Patch and an active member of both the California Writers’ Club and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. A former Disneyland Cast Member, she is familiar with the world of "make believe."

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Workshop Entries


The Believable Mona O'Naughton by Sam Everett
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Fantasy
Mentors: Amy Fellner Dominy, Heather Cashman, Melanie Conklin
     Original Submission with Comments
     First Revision with Comments
     Final Revision with Comments
     Agent's Comments
   
Valista by Lynn Harris 
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Mentors: Amy Fellner Dominy, Holly Bodger, Sarah Grimm
     Original Submission with Comments
     First Revision with Comments
     Final Revision with Comments
     Agent's Comments

The Princess of Darkness by Audrianna Hoover
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Mentors: Amy Fellner Dominy, Martina Boone, Lisa Maxwell
    Original Submission with Comments
    First Revision with Comments
    Final Revision with Comments
    Agent Comments
 
Queen's Rook by Amy McGuire
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Mentors: Amy Fellner Dominy, Pintip Dunn, Wendy Spinale
     Original Submission with Comments
     First Revision with Comments
     Final Revision with Comments
     Agent's Comments

The Wayfarer's Chains by Latrice Willis
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Mentors: Amy Fellner Dominy, Sarah Glenn Marsh, Stephanie Scott
     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)
        

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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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