Young Adult Fiction, with Sarah LaPolla

May 14th, 2019 - June 10th, 2019

with Sarah LaPolla

Group started

Preparing your YA manuscript for submission? Get your opening pages critiqued by Sarah LaPolla, Literary Agent with Bradford Literary. 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 14th. Then, group members have just over 2 weeks to exchange feedback on one another's work. Sarah 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 Sarah 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 April 18th:


Who this workshop is for: Young Adult fiction writers interested in market and editorial feedback from an agent and interested in meeting other YA writers.

Focus: Young Adult

Group size: 9 writers

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


Members: $82; Non-members: $99

About Sarah LaPolla

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, paranormal/contemporary fantasy, rom-com, psychological mystery, literary horror, and contemporary/realistic 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, and challenging the status quo.

Sarah is not looking for: nonfiction, picture books, inspirational/spiritual novels, romance, or erotica.


Wed, May 14 - Submissions due
Fri, May 31st - Critiques due
Mon, June 3rd, 8-10pm - Debrief Call
Mon, June 10th - Group 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.