Adult Fiction First Pages, with Michelle Johnson

June 1st, 2017 - June 26th, 2017

with Michelle Johnson

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Get feedback on the first 3,750 words (15 pages) of your novel with literary agent Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency. You'll share your pages with Michelle and a small group of writers at the event start. Then, you will have two weeks to critique one another's work. Michelle will post her feedback towards the end of the two weeks. After the critiques, we'll hold a debrief webinar, where each person is given time to ask Michelle questions about their manuscript feedback, as well as market and craft questions. This is a great opportunity to meet other writers and get professional feedback in a small group setting.

The group will be capped at 8 writers plus Michelle and Brooke (admin) to keep the workload manageable. This means participants will be expected to critique 7 submissions.


Who this workshop is for: Commercial fiction writers seeking market and editorial feedback from an agent and interested in meeting like-minded writers.

Focus: Fiction - fantasy - Mystery - Thriller - Romance

Group size: 10 writers

Submissions: Writers should submit their first 3,750 words (15 pages) for critique at the event start.


Members: $80; Non-members: $95

About Michelle Johnson

After a life long obsession with books, a career in business management/ownership including bookstores and community writing centers, and a few years with small presses in an editorial capacity, Michelle Johnson is now in her fifth year as a literary agent, where she represents many NYT Bestsellers, debut authors, and indie authors alike.

The face of publishing is ever-changing, and bending and shifting with the times and staying ahead of the curve are key for Michelle and her agency, Inklings Literary Agency.

Michelle is actively seeking books with diversity, and authors with diverse backgrounds. She's a strong advocate for equality across the board.

In adult, NA, and YA, she looks for Contemporary, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Romance, Horror, Fantasy, and light Sci-Fi. She also will look at the occasional MG if it has a phenomenal hook and voice.

She loves books that are like watching a train wreck you can't look away from, characters that leave you feeling like you've just lost a friend because the book is over, and plots that she can't predict at every turn. She especially loves books that make her think about something in a new way, but without preaching. Michelle also loves to laugh and loves dark, smart humor.


Thursday, June 1st - Participants submit and the agent introduces herself
Thursday, June 15th - Friday, June 16th - Michelle posts critiques
Friday, June 16th - All critiques due
Monday, June 19th - Debrief webinar, 8-10pm ET
Sunday, June 26th - Group workspace closes