Advanced Picture Book Writing Workshop, Fall 2019

August 17th, 2019 - December 11th, 2019

with Brooke McIntyre

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**Admission to this group is by application. Apply at by 6/20/2019 and please disregard the "group full" notice on the registration button.**

In this workshop, picture book writers will work with literary agent Sean McCarthy and a curated group of peers to revise and polish a manuscript for submission. At the start of the group, writers will submit three stories to determine which story to focus on for the remainder of the workshop. Writers will do a broad revision of the selected story for their second submission, and will polish their work for their third submission. Writers will peer critique one another's work in addition to receiving feedback from Sean. 

While the workshop allows significant time for revision and critique, the time tends to pass quickly, and participants should be mindful of their schedules when considering this group.

Sean McCarthy and Inked Voices are pleased to offer a free spot to a writer from a diverse background. Apply by 6/20:


Who this workshop is for: The workshop is geared towards picture book writers who are farther along in their journey, who are querying, preparing to query, or perhaps have published with smaller publishing houses. The workshop is open to agented writers as well. Writers must apply for this group. Apply by 6/20. If there are more than 6 qualified applicants, we will draw spots at random on 6/21. If selected, you will have one week to claim your spot. Apply:


Group size: 8 writers

Submissions: There will be three rounds of submissions. Writers will begin by submitting 3 stories. After the first round, writers will select a single story to work on for the remainder of the workshop.


Members: $265; Non-members: $305

About Brooke McIntyre

Sean McCarthy began his publishing career as an editorial intern at Overlook Press and then moved over to the Sheldon Fogelman Agency. He worked as the submissions coordinator and permissions manager before becoming a full-time literary agent. Sean graduated from Macalester College with a degree in English-Creative Writing, and is grateful that he no longer has to spend his winters in Minnesota.

He is drawn to flawed, multifaceted characters with devastatingly concise writing in YA, and character-driven work or smartly paced mysteries/adventures in MG. In picture books, he looks more for unforgettable characters, off-beat humor, and especially clever endings. He is not currently interested in issue-driven stories or query letters that pose too many questions.


Wed, Aug 21st - Writers submit three stories
Tues, Sept 10th - Critiques due (20 days for critique)
Wed, Sept 11th, 8-9:30pm ET - Discussion call 1; Authors decide which story for Round 2
Mon, Oct 7th - Submission 2; Revise chosen story (26 days to revise)
Mon, Oct 21st - Critiques due (14 days for critique)
Wed, Oct 23rd, 8-9:30pm ET - Discussion call 2
Wed, Nov 13th- Submission 3 (21 days to revise)
Nov 25th- Critiques due (12 days for critique)
Wed, Dec 4th, 8-9:30pm ET - Final call

*all calls will be recorded for re-listening