Picture Books, with Talia Benamy, Cohort 1

March 1st, 2021 - March 22nd, 2021

with Talia Benamy

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.

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.

We're offering a scholarship spot for a diverse writer in the second cohort of this workshop. Please see:


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: 6 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 Talia Benamy

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.


Monday, March 1st - Submissions due
Monday, March 15th - Critiques due
Thursday, March 18th, 8-9:30pm ET - Debrief call
Monday, March 22nd - Group officially closes