Middle Grade First Pages Critiques, with Fiona Kenshole

July 22nd, 2019 - August 21st, 2019

with Fiona Kenshole

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Get feedback on your first 3,750 words (15 pages) with literary agent Fiona Kenshole, of Transatlantic Agency, and a small group of writers. Participants will submit their pages at the event start and then have two weeks to critique one another's work. Fiona will post her feedback at the end of the two weeks. After the critiques, we'll hold a webinar debrief, where each person is given time to ask Fiona questions about their manuscript feedback, as well as other questions. This is a great opportunity to meet other middle grade writers, learn from their feedback, and to get feedback from an agent familiar with the children's publishing market.

Inked Voices & Fiona Kenshole are pleased to offer a place in the workshop, free of cost, to a writer of color or to a writer of an #ownvoices work. Apply: https://inkedvoices.typeform.com/to/Uf3MCA


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 - MG

Group size: 8 writers

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


Members: $82; Non-members: $99

About Fiona Kenshole

Fiona Kenshole is a literary agent with the Transatlantic Agency, exclusively specializing in children’s books, from debuts to film deals. She is an accredited member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, representing picture books through to young adult. Fiona enjoys the editorial midwifery and career management part of being an agent, especially nurturing the creativity of her clients. She maintains close relationships with editors and publishers in New York, London, and Toronto, and film producers and agents in LA.

Fiona brings a lifetime of passion and experience of children's and YA books: She was still just a teen when she started working in a children’s bookshop. After graduating from Cambridge University she went on to spend 20 years as publishing director at Oxford University Press, Hodder (the UK arm of Little, Brown), and HarperCollins. Fiona has worked with major names and debut authors on both sides of the Atlantic: Her authors have won every major British children’s literary award and several have become million copy bestsellers. Fiona was nominated for “Editor of the Year” at the British Book Awards.

In 2004 she became Vice President of Development Acquisition at Laika Inc. and worked with directors, producers and screenwriters on three Oscar nominated films: THE BOXTROLLS, CORALINE and PARANORMAN.

She lives and works in Portland, Oregon, though her clients are scattered throughout the US and the rest of the world.


July 22nd - writers submit
Aug 12th - critiques due
Aug 14th, 8-10pm ET- debrief call
Aug 21st – Group ends