Preparing your picture book manuscript for submission? Get your manuscript critiqued by Christina Pulles, Executive Editor with Albert Whitman & Company. 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 31st. Then, group members have 15 days to exchange feedback on one another's work. Christina 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 Christina to address key feedback themes and discuss both manuscript and writing questions.
Who this workshop is for: This workshop is best suited for agented writers and writers who are querying or preparing to do so
Focus: picture books
Group size: 10 writers
Submissions: Submit one picture book. Fiction submissions should be under 1000 words; nonfiction should be under 1500 words.
Members: $72; Non-members: $90
From Albert Whitman's site:
"I am looking to collaborate with creators on novels and picture books that tell stories we haven’t heard before or deliver universal messages in original ways. In terms of novels, I tend to gravitate toward realistic or lightly fantastic manuscripts—I wouldn’t be the right editor for something that’s super high fantasy or sci-fi. I’d love to see a fiction or nonfiction MG or YA project that brings to light an area of history not often talked about in a way that inspires young readers.
I’m open to a wide range of picture books, from nonfiction biographies to stories that are simply silly, and delightfully so. Across all ages, I’m looking for projects authentically voiced by characters from traditionally marginalized backgrounds. A compelling or unexpected friendship at the heart of a story is an easy way to win me over."
Fri, May 31st - Writers submit
Sat, June 15th - Critiques due
Tues, June 18th, 8-10:15pm ET - Debrief call
Tues, June 25th - Group closes