Young Adult Fiction First Pages with John Cusick

May 3rd, 2021 - May 31st, 2021

with John Cusick

Group started

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 young adult manuscript from literary agent John Cusick of Folio Jr., and a small group of writers.

How it works

You'll submit your pages at the group start, then spend the next weeks critiquing peer stories. John Cusick 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 John 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 John'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 John Cusick are pleased to give away one spot free of charge to a writer from a diverse background. Apply by 4/8.


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

Focus: Children's - Young Adult - Contemporary fiction - Children'…

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 John Cusick

John M. Cusick is an agent with Folio Jr. / Folio Literary Management, representing picture books, middle-grade, and young adult novels. He is also the author of GIRL PARTS and CHERRY MONEY BABY (Candlewick Press), as well as a regular speaker at writers conferences. His clients include New York Times Bestselling authors and award-winners. You can find him online at and on twitter, @johnmcusick.


Mon, May 3rd - Submissions Due
Thurs, May 20th - Critiques Due
Mon, May 24th, 8-10pm ET - Debrief Call
Mon, May 31st - group officially closes