In this workshop, picture book writers will work with editor Christina Pulles and a curated group of peers to revise and polish a manuscript for submission. At the start of the group, writers will submit three stories to determine which story to focus on for the remainder of the workshop. Writers will do a broad revision of the selected story for their second submission, and will polish their work for their third submission. Writers will peer critique one another's work in addition to receiving feedback from Christina.
Before applying, please be mindful of your schedule to be sure you have the time for critiques and revisions between each round. You should have space in your schedule to spend 1-2 hours per peer critique. The first round is particularly intensive, and even though your notes for this round can be shorter for each story than in future rounds (think one fat paragraph), this still requires a high level of engagement because you will have 15 stories to read. For rounds 2 and 3, you will be reading 5 stories.
"Working with Christina Pulles and group members in this format was one of the best experiences I've had to revise my work. The longer time frame and editorial perspective coaching helped me take my manuscript further than expected." - MDK (Spring 2020 participant)
"I thought this workshop was perfect. There was nothing I would add or subtract...[Christina] gave detailed and excellent critiques on my manuscripts that I could implement into my next revision. During our meetings, I enjoyed brainstorming with her and getting her suggestions for line edits." - ZK (Spring 2020 participant)
This group will be capped at 6 writers.
Who this workshop is for: The workshop is geared towards picture book writers who are farther along in their journey, who are querying, preparing to query, agented, or published. Writers must apply for this group. Apply by 1/5. If there are more than 5 qualified applicants, we will draw spots at random the week of 1/6. If selected, you will have one week to claim your spot.
Focus: Children's - Picture Books - Fiction - Children's - Picture B…
Group size: 6 writers
Submissions: There will be three rounds of submissions. Writers will begin by submitting 3 stories. After the first round, writers will select a single story to work on for the remainder of the workshop.
Members: $270; Non-members: $330
From Albert Whitman's site:
"I am looking to collaborate with creators on novels and picture books that tell stories we haven’t heard before or deliver universal messages in original ways. In terms of novels, I tend to gravitate toward realistic or lightly fantastic manuscripts—I wouldn’t be the right editor for something that’s super high fantasy or sci-fi. I’d love to see a fiction or nonfiction MG or YA project that brings to light an area of history not often talked about in a way that inspires young readers.
I’m open to a wide range of picture books, from nonfiction biographies to stories that are simply silly, and delightfully so. Across all ages, I’m looking for projects authentically voiced by characters from traditionally marginalized backgrounds. A compelling or unexpected friendship at the heart of a story is an easy way to win me over."
Tuesday, September 22nd - Round 1 Submissions Due
Saturday, October 17th - Round 1 Critiques Due
Thursday, October 22nd, 8-10:15pm ET - Debrief Call
Tuesday, December 1st - Round 2 Submissions Due
Tuesday, December 15th - Round 2 Critiques Due
Monday, December 21st, 8-10:00pm ET- Debrief Call
Wed, Dec 23- Jan 1 - Holiday Break - No group activity
Wed, Jan 20th - Round 3 Submissions due
Sun, Jan 31st - Round 3 Critiques Due
Wed, Feb 3rd, 8-10:0pm ET - Debrief Call