Picture Book Critiques, with Karen Boss

October 2nd, 2020 - October 26th, 2020

with Karen Boss

Group full

Preparing your work for submission? In this intimate workshop, you'll receive market and editorial feedback on a picture book manuscript from Karen Boss, Editor at Charlesbridge, 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. Karen Boss 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 Karen 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 Karen'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.

Workload

Participants should be sure they have at least 1 hour to give for critiquing each person's manuscript. Because this is a group of 10, this means you should have at least 9 hours available for your peers' stories.

Inked Voices and Karen Boss are pleased to offer a free spot in this workshop to a writer of color or from a diverse background. Apply by 9/10: https://inkedvoices.typeform.com/to/mYQkXf

Notes

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 - Children's - Picture B…

Group size: 9 writers

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

Fee

Members: $86; Non-members: $100

About Karen Boss

Karen Boss is an editor at Charlesbridge. She holds an MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons University and is a mentor in their MFA program. Karen also has an MA in higher education administration and worked at colleges and in the nonprofit sector for 15 years. She edits fiction and nonfiction picture books, middle grade, and YA. In her free time, Karen saves her pennies so she can travel to a new country each year, and she often plans “Auntie Karen adventures” for her four nieces (Sonia, 12; Sage, 10; Olive, 5; and Morgan, 3).

Schedule:

Friday, October 2nd - Submissions Due
Sunday, October 18th - Critiques Due
Wednesday, October 21st, 8-10:15pm - Debrief Call