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 Seattle 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 double-spaced pages of your novel. Spaces with faculty for these critiques are very limited, and participating attendees get an in-person meeting at the workshop. You can opt for as many critiques as you like. Options:

  • Adult science fiction and fantasy: Faculty member Jason Hough, a published author of speculative fiction, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your story, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss his thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • Thriller, crime, suspense, mystery: Faculty member Boyd Morrison, a published author of thrillers, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your story, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss his thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • Young adult and middle grade: Faculty member Amanda Hosch, a published author of kidlit novels, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your story, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • Romance, erotica, and women’s fiction: Faculty member Sabrina York, a published author of romance novels, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your story, 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 Shannon Anderson, a published children’s picture book author, will get your picture book in advance and critique the work. (1,000 words, maximum; submissions can include illustrations or not.) She will be available for 10-minute Skype critique meetings (along with an e-mailed written critique) for each attendee submission. 
  • Literary fiction, mainstream/general fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, short stories, memoir, nonfiction essays: Faculty member Lori A. May, a published author as well as freelance editor, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your work, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.

Add $89 — for an in-depth critique and action plan of your writer platform. Faculty member Jason Brick will examine your social media, website, Amazon review strategy, newsletter, and other elements of your publicity machine over the weeks preceding the conference. At the conference, you’ll sit for a one-on-one meeting where Jason will help you develop a 12-month plan to build your fan base and either attract agent attention or sell more books. Every writer can use new fans, and this publicity plan is how you can get them.

 

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