Critique Options

Add $69 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter from Brian Klems, one of the day’s instructors. (This rate is a special event value for Michigan Writing 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, fantasy, paranormal, and urban fantasy: Faculty member Wesley Chu, a published author of speculative fiction, 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 his thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • Southern fiction, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, women’s fiction: Faculty member Lorna Hollifield, a published Southern fiction author, will get your work in advance and critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your story. Unlike other critiquers listed here, Lorna will not be at the LA event to meet with writers for 10 minutes each. Instead, she will be available for 10-minute Skype meetings for each attendee critique.
  • Young adult and middle grade novels: Faculty member Livia Blackburne, a published author of YA fiction, 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, romance, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, historical fiction: Faculty member Eve Porinchak, a former literary agent and current writing coach, 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. If you are getting a picture book critique, please submit 1,000 words maximum, and your submission can come with or without illustrations.
  • Thriller, mystery, crime, suspense: Faculty member Jeri Westerson, a published author of mystery/thriller novels, 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.
  • Memoir: Faculty member Dan Marshall, a published author of memoir, 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 his thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • Short stories, literary fiction, film scripts / screenplays: Faculty member Mary Kuryla, a published writer and screenplay teacher, will get your work in advance, critique it, and meet with you for 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts. For short stories or literary fiction novels, she will critique 10 double-spaced pages of your work. For screenplays (movie scripts), she will critique your first 15 screenplay pages. Please note that film screenplays have very specific formatting, and you are encouraged to consult and use Final Draft to format your 15 pages before submitting. Mary loves critiquing horror screenplays but is open to any genre. She is also open to critiquing the first 30 pages of a screenplay in a double critique (price $100). No teleplays or pilots please. Film screenplays only.
  • More options possibly forthcoming.
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