In this intimate workshop, you'll receive a written critique of a picture book manuscript from Lisa Rosinsky, Senior Editor at Barefoot Books, plus get the opportunity to speak to Lisa individually in the live group call that follows critiques. You'll also exchange critiques with your workshop peers.
Who may apply
You must be an Inked Voices member, and you must meet one of the following for this advanced group: 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.
How it works
You'll submit your pages at the group start, then spend the next weeks critiquing peer stories. The editor will submit their notes near the critique deadline. After critiques are complete, we host a live group debrief over Zoom, in which each writer gets individual time with the editor 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, this workshop 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. Please see "Who May Apply" above for the application and rules.
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: $101; Non-members: $121
We are pleased to offer a workshop spot free of charge to a writer of color from a historically marginalized background. Applications for this scholarship have closed.
Lisa Rosinsky is a senior editor at Barefoot Books, where she acquires, edits, art-directs, and occasionally writes board books and picture books for ages 0-12.
I approach critiques on two levels: general feedback and line edits. With my general notes, I focus on pacing, voice, and marketability; with inline comments, I mark memorable phrases I loved, specific instances where I’d suggest changes in line with my big-picture notes, etc. My goal as an editor is to use my experience in the industry to help each writer execute and polish their own vision for their work.
Oct 4th - Submissions due
Oct 25th - Critiques due
Nov 1st, 12-2:15 pm ET - Debrief Call
Nov 4th - Group closes