Adult Fiction, with Leslie Zampetti

March 5th, 2020 - April 6th, 2020

with Leslie Zampetti

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Get feedback on the first 3,750 words (15 pages) of your Adult Fiction novel with literary agent Leslie Zampetti of Dunham Literary. How it works: Submit your first pages to the group on March 5th, when the group officially kicks off. Over the next three weeks, group members critique one another's work. Leslie will post her written feedback towards the end of this time. After the critiques, Leslie will hold a webinar for debrief and discussion, where each writer gets individual time to ask questions about their manuscript. This is a great opportunity to meet other writers, learn from their feedback, and get feedback from an agent who knows the publishing market.

Leslie is open to reading upmarket, literary, and commercial submissions in a variety of adult fiction subgenres, including historical, mystery and thriller, romance, and general fiction. She is not the right reader for SFF manuscripts. If you are unsure whether your work fits, please email

Leslie Zampetti and Inked Voices are pleased to offer a spot, free of charge, to a writer from a diverse background. Apply by February 10th.


Who this workshop is for: Adult fiction writers interested in market and editorial feedback from an agent and interested in meeting other writers at a similar stage..

Focus: adult fiction

Group size: 10 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 Leslie Zampetti

Leslie joined Dunham Literary in June 2016. Previously, she was an intern for The Bent Agency.

A former librarian with over 20 years’ experience in special, public, and school libraries, Leslie has cataloged rocket launch videos and Lego rocket ship models, presented SEC documents and story times, and negotiated with organizations from Lexis-Nexis to the PTA. Her experience as a librarian has given her a distinct perspective on publishing and readers. A writer herself, Leslie is very familiar with querying from both sides of the desk.

What She’s Seeking:

For adult fiction, Leslie is interested in literary mysteries, upmarket romance and women’s fiction, and historical fiction from lesser-known eras and places. Mysteries that layer character explorations with investigation – think Donna Leon, Abir Mukherjee, or Katayoun Medhat.
In romance, Leslie would love a Regency romance set in other parts of the British Empire. MOLOKA’I and THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS are favorites of Leslie’s in historical fiction. For all works, Leslie is seeking under-represented main characters and diverse voices.


Thurs, Mar 5th - Writers Submit
Thurs, Mar 26th - Critiques Due
Mon, Mar 30th, 8-10pm ET - Debrief Call*
Mon, Apr 6th - Group closes

*The debrief call will be recorded and you will be able to send your questions in advance if you can't attend live