Advanced Picture Books with Elizabeth Lazowski

June 1st, 2022 - June 26th, 2022

with Elizabeth Lazowski

Group full

Apply for this group by March 2nd at 11:59pm PT. You must be an Inked Voices member, and you must meet one of the following for this editor workshop: 1) traditionally published or under contract; 2) agented (or previously agented in the past 2 years); or 3) querying and getting requests for additional manuscripts. APPLY.  

In this intimate workshop, you'll receive a written critique of a picture book manuscript from Editor, Elizabeth Lazowski from Chronicle Books, plus get the opportunity to speak to Elizabeth individually in the live group call that follows critiques. You'll also exchange critiques within your group of up to 9 writers. 

How it works

You'll submit your pages at the group start, then spend the next weeks critiquing peer stories. Elizabeth will submit her notes near the critique deadline. After critiques are complete, we host a 2-hour group debrief, in which each writer gets individual time with Elizabeth to dig into feedback, brainstorm next steps, and discuss any writing questions. 

Our goal with these events is to help writers become stronger storytellers. That said, each opening pages event we offer also comes with a submission opportunity.

About the group workshop format

Participants should be sure they have at least 1 hour to give for critiquing each person's manuscript (plus reading time). Because this is a group of 9, this means you should have at least 8 hours available for your peers' stories.

This makes for an intense workload for the few weeks of peer critique. However, we've also found that this format accelerates learning because you are able to read a professional's feedback on each story you have read and critiqued, and you will listen to each one-on-one in the debrief. Many writers have told us that listening and learning from the professional's notes to others has been just as beneficial to their learning as the feedback on their own work.


Who this workshop is for: This workshop is an advanced group best suited for agented, published, and querying writers and writers.

Focus: Children's - Picture Books - Fiction - Children's - Picture…

Group size: 9 writers

Submissions: Submit one picture book. Fiction submissions should be under 900 words; nonfiction should be under 1500 words.


Members: $96; Non-members: $115

We are pleased to offer a spot free of charge to a writer from a historically marginalized group. Applications for this scholarship have closed.

About Elizabeth Lazowski

Bio: Elizabeth Lazowski works in editorial in the Children’s group at Chronicle Books. She is cultivating a list of graphic novels, picture books, and middle-grade novels that uplift and amplify a wide variety of voices. She wants stories that address the overlooked spaces in and outside the US —who has not been, and still is not being, fairly represented in the literary space. In 2021 she was named a PW Star Watch Honoree. An avid plant mom, she lives in an ever-growing jungle in San Francisco, CA. You can find her on Twitter @e_lazowski.

Critique Style: I pay attention to how my body is feeling when I read, if I’m fidgeting, if I’m having trouble engaging—I take note at what point I had that reaction and then I ask myself why. Craft is always on the forefront of my mind when I’m asking that “why”. Very rarely have I found a manuscript that held a mastery of its craft that just simply had no market for it, and I typically find that focusing too much on the market can get writers in their head, causing those craft mistakes.


Wed, June 1st - Submissions due
Sun, June 19th - Critiques due
Thurs, June 23rd, 4-6:15 pm ET - Debrief call
Sun, June 26th - Group closes