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.
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
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