Critique Options

Add $69 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter from Chuck Sambuchino, one of the workshop’s former instructors. (This rate is a special event value for Toronto workshop attendees only.) Registrants are encouraged to take advantage of the specially-priced critique, so they can send out their query letter with confidence following the workshop. Also, if you are meeting with an agent at the event, you’re essentially speaking your query letter aloud to them. Wouldn’t it be wise to give that query letter (i.e., your pitch) one great edit before that meeting?

Add $89 — for an in-depth personal critique of the first 10 pages of your novel. Spaces with faculty for these critiques are very limited, and participating attendees get an in-person meeting at the workshop. Options:

  • Adult science fiction and fantasy: Faculty member Rati Mehrotra, a published author, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting. (Please no rape, excessive gore, or homophobic, sexist, or racist content.)
  • Young adult, middle grade, literary fiction and adult fantasy: Faculty member Amanda Sun, a published author, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • Mystery, thriller, suspense, and crime: Faculty member Carolyn Arnold, a published author, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • Children’s picture books: Faculty member Joyce Grant, a published picture book author, will get your work in advance, critique your picture book, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting. Picture book submissions should be 1,000 words maximum, and can have illustrations or not.
  • Mainstream fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, romance, memoir, short stories: Faculty member Eve Porinchak, a published author and former literary agent, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book and pass along written critique notes to you. Unlike the other critiquers at the 2019 TWW, Eve will not be at the event on Aug. 17. Instead she will be doing her critiques with attendees via phone or Skype, and will email her formal notes/critiques.
  • More options forthcoming.

How to pay/register — Registration is now open. Reach out to workshop organizer Jessica Bell via email: writingdayworkshops@gmail.com, and she will provide specific instructions for payment and registration to get you a reserved seat at the event. Payment is by either PayPal or check. Because Jessica plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Toronto workshop specifically.

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