Young Adult Fiction First Pages, with Whitney Ross

February 6th, 2020 - March 4th, 2020

with Brooke McIntyre

Group started

Preparing your YA manuscript for submission? Get your opening pages critiqued by Whitney Ross, literary agent with Irene Goodman Literary Agency. You'll also meet other serious YA 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 February 6th. Then, group members have 2.5 weeks to exchange feedback on one another's work. Whitney 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 Whitney to discuss their manuscript and writing questions.

Whitney Ross and Inked Voices are pleased to offer a spot, free of charge, to a writer from a diverse background. Apply by January 6th.


Who this workshop is for: Young Adult fiction writers interested in market and editorial feedback from an agent and interested in meeting other YA writers.


Group size: 8 writers

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


Members: $83; Non-members: $100

About Brooke McIntyre

Before joining Irene Goodman in 2018, Whitney Ross worked as an editor at Macmillan for nearly a decade, culminating in her role as a senior editor for Tor Teen, Tor, and Forge. Over the course of her career, Whitney has had the pleasure of editing many talented authors, including Susan Dennard, Cora Carmack, Eric Van Lustbader, Steven Erikson, Katie McGarry, Ann Aguirre, Dan Wells, and Stacey Kade.

Whitney represents middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction across all genres, with an emphasis on historical, SF & fantasy, romance, and contemporary fiction. She is also open to non-fiction submissions in the areas of design, cooking, and fashion.

Whitney loves to read novels set in unusual time periods and locations, whether that involves a fantastical element or not. She is rarely able to resist the trickster king motif, and has a weakness for read-between-the-lines subtle romances. Yet she's constantly surprised by books not on her "wish list," and is always open to stories with compelling characters and emotionally involving plotlines.

Whitney earned her B.A. in English Literature, a B.S. in Entrepreneurship, and an M.S. in Publishing. In her spare time, she enjoys competitive sports such as skiing and shopping, and tasting wines with her winemaker husband.


Thurs, Feb 6th - submissions due
Mon, Feb 24th- critiques due
Thurs, Feb 27th, 11am-1pm ET *- debrief call (note that this is daytime!)
Wed, Mar 4th – group closes

*The debrief call will be recorded and you may listen later if you are unable to attend live.