Young Adult Fiction First Pages, Jan 2018

January 10th, 2018 - February 6th, 2018

with Brooke McIntyre

Group started
Get feedback on your first 15 pages with literary agent Sarah LaPolla of Bradford Literary. How it works: Submit your first pages to the group on January 9th, when the group officially kicks off. Then, there is a two-week period where you and your group members will exchange feedback on one another's work. Sarah posts her critiques at the end of this time. After the critiques, there will be a 2-hour call/web meeting, where each writer gets time with Sarah to address key feedback themes and discuss both manuscript and writing questions.

Inked Voices & Sarah LaPolla are pleased to offer a place in the workshop, free of cost, to a writer from a diverse background. Learn more:


Who this workshop is for: Writers preparing for or at the querying stage, interested in agent feedback and in meeting fellow writers.

Focus: Young Adult

Group size: 8 writers

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


Members: $82; Non-members: $99

About Brooke McIntyre

Sarah LaPolla joined Bradford Literary Agency as an agent in 2013. She had previously worked in the foreign rights department at Curtis Brown, Ltd., and became an associate agent there in 2010. Sarah received her MFA in Creative Writing (Nonfiction) from The New School in 2008, and has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Ithaca College.

Representing MG, YA, and Adult fiction, Sarah is especially drawn to the following genres: literary fiction, science fiction, magical realism, dark/psychological mystery, literary horror, and upmarket contemporary fiction. No matter the genre, Sarah is drawn to layered/strong characters with engaging voices. She seeks stories that evoke strong connections and novels that offer a wide range of emotions. Whether they write dark, gritty YA, light coming-of-age narratives, or edgy urban fantasy, Sarah’s authors tend to reflect larger themes within a character-focused story, such as feminism, tolerance, religion, and challenging the status quo.


Wed, Jan 10th: Submissions Due
Thurs, Jan 25th: Critiques Due
Tues, Jan 30th, 8-10pm ET: Debrief Call*
Tues, Feb 6th: Group workspace closes

*The discussion call will be recorded and shared. If you cannot participate live, you may send your questions in advance.

Participants who join the workshop are automatically added to the group's workspace and may feel free to network and/or exchange manuscripts in advance of the event start. This is a completely optional extra for participants. Sarah will join in at the event start.