MG First Pages, with Christa Heschke

May 29th, 2019 - June 26th, 2019

with Christa Heschke

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Preparing your middle grade manuscript for submission? Get your opening pages critiqued by Christa Heschke, Literary Agent with McIntosh & Otis. You'll also meet other serious kidlit writers, sharpen your eye by giving feedback and receive the benefits of workshopping with a group - like meeting other writers, and learning by exchanging feedback. How it works: Submit your manuscript to the group when the group officially kicks off on May 29th. Then, group members have two and a half weeks to exchange feedback on one another's work. Christa will post her critiques towards the end of that time. After critiques are complete, we will have a debrief call where each writer gets individual time with Christa to discuss both manuscript and writing questions

We are excited to offer a spot, free of charge, to a writer from a diverse background. Apply by May 8th:


Who this workshop is for: Middle grade fiction writers interested in market and editorial feedback from an agent and interested in meeting other MG writers.

Focus: middle grade

Group size: 8 writers

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


Members: $82; Non-members: $99

About Christa Heschke

Christa Heschke graduated from Binghamton University with a major in English and a minor in Anthropology. She started in publishing as an intern at both Writers House and Sterling Lord Literistic, where she fell in love with the agency side of publishing. Christa has been at McIntosh and Otis, Inc. in the Children's Literature Department since 2009 where she is actively acquiring for all age groups in children’s.

For YA, she is especially interested in contemporary, thriller/mystery, fantasy and horror. She looks for a compelling voice and a strong hook that will set a YA novel apart in the flooded market. She is open to all types of middle grade and especially enjoys adventure, mystery, and magical realism. For both YA and MG, she is interested in unique settings and cultural influences, interesting structure, complicated romances, diverse characters, sister or friendship-centric stories, and stories that feature artists of any kind. In picture books she is drawn to cute, funny stories (as opposed to sweet and quiet) that will grab kids as well as the occasional nonfiction biography on a subject whose story has yet to be told.

Christa is not looking for any Adult fiction or non-fiction, paranormal or dystopian at this time.


Wed, May 29th - Writers submit
Sun, June 16th - Critiques due
Wed, June 19th, 8-10pm ET - debrief call
Wed, June 26th - Group closes