Middle Grade First Pages, with Saba Sulaiman

February 3rd, 2021 - March 1st, 2021

with Saba Sulaiman

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Preparing your work for submission? In this intimate workshop, you'll receive market and editorial feedback on the first 3,750 words (15 pages) of your middle grade manuscript from literary agent Saba Sulaiman of Talcott Notch Literary Services, and a small group of writers.

How it works

You'll submit your first pages at the group start, then spend the next weeks critiquing peer stories. Saba Sulaiman 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 Saba 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 Saba'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 (plus reading time). Because this is a group of 7, this means you should have at least 6 hours available for your peers' stories.

Inked Voices and Saba Sulaiman are pleased to give away one spot free of charge to a writer from a diverse background. Apply by Jan 10th: https://inkedvoices.typeform.com/to/EaeolwiW


Who this workshop is for: Middle grade fiction writers interested in market and editorial feedback from an agent and interested in meeting other middle grade fiction writers. These workshops are especially geared towards writers who are at or near the querying stage.

Focus: Children's - Middle Grade - Contemporary fiction - Children'…

Group size: 8 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. Your pitch is not included in the word count and will not be critiqued.


Members: $95; Non-members: $112

About Saba Sulaiman

Saba Sulaiman is an agent at Talcott Notch Literary Services, a boutique agency located in Milford, CT. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MA from the University of Chicago, where she studied modern Persian literature. In children’s fiction, she is building her Middle Grade and Young Adult lists, and is particularly (although not exclusively) interested in contemporary realistic stories. Being an immigrant who is constantly negotiating her own identity and sense of belonging in a place she now calls “home,” she is committed to highlighting more diverse voices with compelling stories to tell; stories that demonstrate the true range of perspectives that exist in this world, and address urgent and often underexplored issues in both fiction and non-fiction with veracity and heart. Follow her on Twitter @agentsaba and learn more about her at sabasulaiman.com

Saba's critiquing style is one that focuses on broad, big picture issues interspersed with a few inline comments that point out specific instances where the voice/tone sounds inorganic, where there's room for the craft to shine a tad bit brighter, and where she feels distanced from the narrative.

For middle grade, Saba is looking for "anything that’s smart, accessible and written with flair. Whether it’s quirky and funny, or just plain sweet and heartwarming — it’s no big secret that this is my favorite category."


Wed, Feb 3rd - Submissions due
Sun, Feb 21st - Critiques due
Wed, Feb 24th, 8-10pm ET - Debrief Call
Mon, Mar 1st - Group closes