Picture Books, with James McGowan, Early Summer 2021

June 1st, 2021 - June 25th, 2021

with James McGowan

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Preparing your work for submission? In this intimate workshop, you'll receive market and editorial feedback on a picture book manuscript from James McGowan, Associate Agent and Social Media Manager at BookEnds Literary Agency, 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. James McGowan will submit his notes near the critique deadline. After critiques are complete, we will have a debrief call where each writer gets individual time with James 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 James' 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. Apply by May 6th. https://inkedvoices.typeform.com/to/PS3iXgDw


Who this workshop is for: This workshop is best suited for writers who are querying or preparing to do so and looking for both market and editorial feedback.

Focus: Children's - Picture Books - Fiction - Children's - Picture…

Group size: 9 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 James McGowan

For James, in picture books: anything goes! He works on humorous picture books, lyrical picture books, fiction, any non-fiction, but particularly those about STEM topics, and the occasional rhyme.

James approaches all critiques the way he does his client revisions: with an eye towards enhancing the marketability, addressing any plot or characterization issues, and delivering feedback in a kind, but organized and concise manner.


Tues, June 1st - Submissions Due
Sat, June 19th - Critiques Due
Tues, June 22nd, 8-10:15pm ET - Debrief Call
Fri, June 25th - group officially closes