Hone your craft and support fellow writers with guided facilitation from former Little, Brown and Simon & Schuster editor Sangeeta Mehta. Here's how it works: Every few weeks, you will submit 5000 words of your manuscript. You will then receive critiques (guidelines provided) from both your peers and me. We'll hold two group phone meetings so you can ask questions in real time. A private discussion board will also be open throughout the workshop to share ideas and resources or just chat. You will come away with a stronger understanding of your characters, plot, sub-plots, themes, and more.
This group will be capped at 5 writers plus Sangeeta to keep the workload manageable and encourage deep participation.
Who this workshop is for: Young Adult fiction writers committed to furthering their craft and excited to contribute and learn through the workshop process.
Focus: young adult fiction
Group size: 6 writers
Submissions: There will be three 5000-word submissions.
Members: $265; Non-members: $305
Sangeeta Mehta has worked in the publishing field since the late 1990s. She has been an acquiring editor at both Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (the children's division of the Hachette Book Group) and Simon Pulse (the teen paperback division of Simon & Schuster). She currently consults on book projects for corporate and independent book publishers (with current and recent clients including Macmillan, Lee & Low, and Workman Publishing) and individual authors. She also mentors aspiring teen writers through the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES.
A California native, Sangeeta moved to New York City in 2002, after working for two literary agents and earning a Masters degree in comparative literature from UCLA. She continues to live in the heart of the publishing industry and enjoys taking on clients from all over the world. Visit her website at www.mehtabookeditingnewyork.com.
Tues, 2/20: Workshop begins. Tues, 2/27: Round 1 submissions (5000 words of your ms) due. Thurs, 3/15: Round 1 critiques due. Thurs, 3/22: Group phone meeting 1. Tues, 3/27: Round 2 submissions (5000 words - revised or successive) due. Thurs, 4/12: Round 2 critiques due. Thurs, 4/19: Discussion board chat. Tues, 4/24: Round 3 submissions (5000 words - revised or successive) due. Thurs, 5/10: Round 3 critiques due. Thurs, 5/17: Group phone meeting 2. Thurs, 5/24: Wrap up and pose final questions.