December 2018

Pacing: What to Cut, What to Keep, and What Order to Put It In

In this talk we’ll learn to create stories that capture and keep a reader’s attention from word one. We’ll discuss strategies for dealing with saggy middles, slow openings, and unsatisfying development, as well as learn to vary tension and, most importantly, eliminate the boring parts.

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About Lecturer

About John Cusick

John M. Cusick is a V-P and literary agent with Folio Jr. / Folio Literary Management. He represents a diverse list of bestselling and award-winning creators of picture books, middle-grade, and young adult novels. He is also the author of GIRL PARTS and CHERRY MONEY BABY (Candlewick Press), and a regular speaker at writers conferences. You can find him online at and on twitter, @johnmcusick