Preparing your picture book manuscript for submission? Get your manuscript critiqued by literary agent Jenna Pocius of Red Fox Literary Agency. You'll also meet other serious kidlit writers, sharpen your eye by giving feedback and receive the benefits of workshopping in a group - like meeting other writers, learning by exchanging feedback, and learning from an agent's notes to your peers.
Participants will submit their manuscripts at the group kickoff date. Then, each writer will take the next few weeks to give (and receive) peer feedback. Jenna will post her feeedback towards the end of that time. After critiques are complete, Jenna will host a debrief call where each writer gets individual time with her to address key feedback themes and discuss both manuscript and writing questions.
Inked Voices and Jenna Pocius are pleased to give away a spot, free of charge, to a writer from a diverse background. Apply: https://inkedvoices.typeform.com/to/xOvFXa.
Who this workshop is for: This workshop is best suited for writers querying, preparing to query, or who have an agent but are looking for a high level educational opportunity.
Focus: picture books
Group size: 11 writers
Submissions: Submit one picture book. Fiction submissions should be under 1000 words; nonfiction should be under 1500 words.
Members: $74; Non-members: $92
Jenna Pocius has a background in children’s editorial and was most recently Editor at Little Bee Books before joining Red Fox. During her time as an editor she acquired everything from board books to YA novels, and many of her books have gone on to receive numerous starred reviews and awards.
As an agent, Jenna is looking for clever picture book texts, character-driven novels with strong voice and world-building, nonfiction that sheds light on little-known but significant stories, and illustrations that are stylish with a touch of whimsy; while she is open in terms of genre, she gravitates toward contemporary/realistic fiction, magical realism, and fantasy. She is also a sucker for animal stories, especially dogs.
Jenna lives in Connecticut with her husband.
Feb 4- Submissions due
Feb 24 - Critiques due (Jenna will submit her critiques during the last 3 days of the workshop)
Feb 26th - Debrief Call, 8-10:15pm ET
Mar 4th - Group closes