2020 Picture Books, with Talia Benamy, Cohort 1

June 4th, 2020 - July 3rd, 2020

with Brooke McIntyre

Group started

Preparing your work for submission? In this intimate workshop, you'll receive market and editorial feedback on a picture book manuscript from Talia Benamy, Associate Editor at Philomel Books/Penguin Young Readers, and you will exchange critiques with a small group of peers.  

This workshop is geared towards writers who are getting ready to query, agented and/or published.

How it works

You'll submit a single manuscript at the group start, then spend the next weeks critiquing peer stories. Talia Benamy will submit her notes near the critique deadline. After critiques are complete, we will have a debrief call where each writer gets individual time with Talia to address key feedback themes and brainstorm next steps for their manuscript.

The group workshop format accelerates learning because, not only will you receive feedback on your own work, you will also be able to see and hear Talia's feedback on the group's stories, which you will have read and critiqued. 

Each agent and editor event we offer also comes with a submission opportunity.


Participants should be sure they have at least 1 hour to give for critiquing each person's manuscript. Because this is a group of 6, this means you should have at least 5 hours available for your peers' stories.


Who this workshop is for: This workshop is best suited for agented writers and writers who are querying or preparing to do so

Focus: Children's - Picture Books - Fiction

Group size: 8 writers

Submissions: Submit one picture book. Fiction submissions should be under 900 words; nonfiction should be under 1500 words.


Members: $86; Non-members: $100

About Brooke McIntyre

Talia Benamy is an associate editor at Philomel Books/Penguin Young Readers, where she focuses on everything from picture books to middle grade and young adult novels. She has worked on books by Chelsea Clinton, Sonia Sotomayor, Temple Grandin, Jane Yolen, Abigail Harrison, Lisa Graff, Ruta Sepetys, Dev Petty, Sarah Brannen, and Terry Border. She sees books as having the amazing power to shape the way kids see the world around them and their place in it, and she looks for manuscripts that have the potential to do just that.


Thurs, June 4th - Submissions Due
Wed, June 24th - Critiques Due
Sun, June 28th, 8-9:30pm ET - Debrief call
Fri, July 3rd - Group closes