Picture Books with Trisha de Guzman

March 8th, 2022 - April 4th, 2022

with Trisha de Guzman

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How to register

Registration for this group will be by application. https://inkedvoices.typeform.com/to/rKVJi5J0 Apply now through November 14th at midnight PT. You may rank your preferences for winter picture book editor events. We will use a lottery to pull names on November 15th. Inked Voices members will be prioritized. To sign up for an editor event, you should meet the following:

1.Traditionally published OR Agented OR querying and receiving personal rejections

2. AND have taken workshops, classes, or have done independent craft study

Writers may take ONE picture book workshop per season. Winter season includes workshops beginning January - March.


Preparing your work for submission? In this intimate workshop, you'll receive a written critique of a picture book manuscript from Trisha de Guzman, editor at Farrar, Straus, Giroux books, plus get the opportunity to speak to Trisha individually in the live group call that follows critiques. You'll also exchange critiques within your group of up to 9 writers. 

How it works

You'll submit your pages at the group start, then spend the next weeks critiquing peer stories. Trisha will submit her notes near the critique deadline. After critiques are complete, we host a 2-hour group debrief, in which each writer gets individual time with Trisha to dig into feedback, brainstorm next steps, and discuss any writing questions. 

Our goal with these events is to help writers become stronger storytellers. That said, each opening pages 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 9, this means you should have at least 8 hours available for your peers' stories.

This makes for an intense workload for the few weeks of peer critique. However, we've also found that this format accelerates learning because you are able to read a professional's feedback on each story you have read and critiqued, and you will listen to each one-on-one in the debrief. Many writers have told us that listening and learning from the professional's notes to others has been just as beneficial to their learning as the feedback on their own work.

We are pleased to offer a workshop spot free of charge to a writer of color or from a traditionally marginalized background. Apply by 02/15 https://inkedvoices.typeform.com/to/eT6BpPeM


Who this workshop is for: This workshop is an advanced group best suited for agented, published, and querying writers and writers.

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: $96; Non-members: $115

About Trisha de Guzman

Trisha de Guzman is an 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. She's excited to publish humorous picture books about BIPOC characters that are brought to life by bold, vibrant illustrations. Visit her at trishadeguzman.com or on Twitter at @trishadeg.

Trisha's Approach to Critiques: "When reading picture books, my biggest considerations include whether they're written at the appropriate reading level (ages 4-8) and whether there's a clear sense of narrative *and* page structure. I also look for a harmonious blend of text and art--picture books are a visual story, and it's important that neither element overpowers the other.


Tues, March 8th - Writers Submit
Sun, March 27th - Critiques due
Thurs, March 31st, 7-9:15pm ET- Debrief call