Fall 2022 - Advanced Picture Book Writing, with Sean McCarthy

August 15th, 2022 - December 23rd, 2022

with Sean McCarthy

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In this workshop, picture book writers will work with literary agent Sean McCarthy and a curated group of peers to revise and polish a manuscript for submission. At the start of the group, writers will submit three stories to determine which story to focus on for the remainder of the workshop. Writers will do a broad revision of the selected story for their second submission, and will polish their work for their third submission. Writers will peer critique one another's work in addition to receiving feedback from Sean. 

While the workshop allows significant time for revision and critique, the time tends to pass quickly, and participants should be mindful of their schedules when considering this group.

APPLY BY JUNE 12th, 11:59AM Eastern Time. https://inkedvoices.typeform.com/to/FBLHkLUx. If there are more interested than spots available, we will draw names. Note that this is the same application for Sean McCarthy and Eve Adler's groups.


Who this workshop is for: The workshop is geared towards picture book writers who are farther along in their journey, who are querying, preparing to query, or perhaps have published with smaller publishing houses. The workshop is open to agented writers as well.

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

Group size: 7 writers

Submissions: There will be three rounds of submissions. Writers will begin by submitting 3 stories. After the first round, writers will select a single story to work on for the remainder of the workshop.


Members: $350; Non-members: $395

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

About Sean McCarthy

Sean McCarthy began his publishing career as an editorial intern at Overlook Press and then moved over to the Sheldon Fogelman Agency. He worked as the submissions coordinator and permissions manager before becoming a full-time literary agent. Sean graduated from Macalester College with a degree in English-Creative Writing, and is grateful that he no longer has to spend his winters in Minnesota.

He is drawn to flawed, multifaceted characters with devastatingly concise writing in YA, and character-driven work or smartly paced mysteries/adventures in MG. In picture books, he looks more for unforgettable characters, off-beat humor, and especially clever endings. He is not currently interested in issue-driven stories or query letters that pose too many questions.


Aug 15th- Round 1 submissions due (3 manuscripts)
Sept 5th- Critiques due (Labor Day)
Sept 12th, 4-6:30pm ET- Debrief Call
Sun, Oct 16th- Round 2 submissions due (1 manuscript of original 3, revised)
Tues, Oct 25th- Round 2 Critiques due
Tues, Nov 1st, 4-6:15pm ET - Debrief call
Sun Dec 4th- Round 3 submissions due (round 2 submission revised)
Mon, Dec 12th- Round 3 critiques due
Mon, Dec 19th, 4-6:15pm ET - Round 3 Debrief call