Advanced Picture Book Writing Workshop, with Stephanie Fretwell-Hill

November 20th, 2019 - March 11th, 2020

with Stephanie Fretwell-Hill

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In this workshop, picture book writers will work with literary agent Stephanie Fretwell-Hill and a 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. For all rounds, writers will peer critique one another's work in addition to receiving feedback from Stephanie. 

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. The first round of critiques in this group is particularly time-heavy and participants should plan on spending 8-12 hours on this round of peer feedback. The 2nd and 3rd rounds will be a smaller time commitment (4-6 hours of critiques) because these rounds involve 1 submission per writer.

This workshop will be limited to 5 writers.


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.

Focus: picture books

Group size: 7 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: $310

About Stephanie Fretwell-Hill

Stephanie Fretwell-Hill is a literary agent with a sales and editorial background. After starting her career in foreign rights at Walker Books in the UK, Stephanie moved home to Atlanta as an acquiring editor at Peachtree Publishers. Most recently, she joined Red Fox Literary where she represents authors and illustrators of picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction and non-fiction. During her ten + years in the publishing industry, she has had the privilege of working with respected colleagues and award-winning authors and artists from around the world.


Wed, Nov 20th - Writers submit three stories
20 days for critique
Tues, Dec 10th - Critiques due
Thurs, Dec 12th, 8-9:30pm ET - Discussion call 1
32 days to revise
Mon, Jan 13th - Submission 2 (Authors revise and resubmit one of the original three stories)
14 days for critique
Mon, Jan 27th - Critiques due
Wed, Jan 29th, 8-9:30pm ET - Discussion call 2
21 days to revise
Wed, Feb 19th- Submission 3 (Authors revise and resubmit the same story as Submission 2)
12 days for critique
Mar 2nd- Critiques due
Wed, Mar 4th, 8-9:30pm ET - Final call