Middle Grade, with Fiona Kenshole (mid-June cohort)

June 15th, 2020 - July 15th, 2020

with Steve Arnold

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Get feedback on your first 3,750 words (15 pages) with literary agent Fiona Kenshole, of Transatlantic Agency, and a small group of writers. Participants will submit their pages at the event start and then have three weeks to critique one another's work. Fiona will post her feedback at the end of the three weeks. After the critiques, we'll hold a webinar debrief, where each person is given time to ask Fiona questions about their manuscript feedback, as well as other questions. This is a great opportunity to meet other middle grade writers, learn from their feedback, and to get feedback from an agent familiar with the children's publishing market.

This group will be limited to 5 writers plus Fiona to keep the workload manageable.

Inked Voices & Fiona Kenshole are pleased to offer a free spot in one of Fiona's upcoming MG workshops to a writer of color or from a diverse background. Apply by 5/12: https://inkedvoices.typeform.com/to/oMdBJZ


Who this workshop is for: Middle grade fiction writers interested in market and editorial feedback from an agent and interested in meeting other MG writers.


Group size: 6 writers

Submissions: There will be one submission of your first 3750 words (approximately 15 pages) at the workshop start. Participants should also plan to share their pitch/short summary with their pages (the pitch will not be critiqued, but is helpful to the agent and group).


Members: $95; Non-members: $112

About Steve Arnold

Fiona Kenshole is a literary agent with the Transatlantic Agency, exclusively specializing in children’s books, from debuts to film deals. She is an accredited member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, representing picture books through to young adult. Fiona enjoys the editorial midwifery and career management part of being an agent, especially nurturing the creativity of her clients. She maintains close relationships with editors and publishers in New York, London, and Toronto, and film producers and agents in LA.

Fiona brings a lifetime of passion and experience of children's and YA books: She was still just a teen when she started working in a children’s bookshop. After graduating from Cambridge University she went on to spend 20 years as publishing director at Oxford University Press, Hodder (the UK arm of Little, Brown), and HarperCollins. Fiona has worked with major names and debut authors on both sides of the Atlantic: Her authors have won every major British children’s literary award and several have become million copy bestsellers. Fiona was nominated for “Editor of the Year” at the British Book Awards.

In 2004 she became Vice President of Development Acquisition at Laika Inc. and worked with directors, producers and screenwriters on three Oscar nominated films: THE BOXTROLLS, CORALINE and PARANORMAN.

She lives and works in Portland, Oregon, though her clients are scattered throughout the US and the rest of the world.


Mon, June 15th - Submissions due
Sun, July 5th- Critiques due
Wed, July 8th, 8-9:30pm ET -debrief
Wed, July 15th- group closes