Middle Grade First Pages, with Trisha de Guzman, Spring 2021

April 9th, 2021 - May 10th, 2021

with Trisha de Guzman

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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 editor Trisha de Guzman of Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books for Young Readers, 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. Trisha de Guzman 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 Trisha 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 Trisha'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.

Trisha de Guzman and Inked Voices are pleased to offer a place in the workshop, free of cost, to a diverse writer. Apply by 3/11: https://inkedvoices.typeform.com/to/mTVxsncJ


Who this workshop is for: Middle Grade fiction writers interested in market and editorial feedback and interested in meeting other MG 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's…

Group size: 7 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 Trisha de Guzman

Trisha de Guzman is an Associate Editor at Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers/Macmillan, acquiring and editing picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, and select nonfiction books and graphic novels. Filipino by birth, she immigrated to NYC from Manila when she was seven years old. Visit her at trishadeguzman.com or on Twitter at @trishadeg.

Trisha's Approach to Critiques: "When reading first pages I focus particularly on how engaging the opening is, whether or not the tone, voice, and plot are clearly established, and whether I have a strong sense of who the main character is, addressing these points in a letter. Then I make in-line comments or suggestions on smaller picture items like dialogue, exposition, and transition."


Fri, April 9th - Submissions Due
Fri, April 30th - Critiques Due
Thurs, May 6th, 8 - 10pm ET - Debrief Call
Mon, May 10th - group officially closes