Critique Options

Add $69 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter from Chuck Sambuchino, one of the day’s instructors. (This rate is a special event value for Philadelphia 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 $79 — 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:

  • Young adult / middle grade / chapter books: Faculty member Madeline Smoot, a children’s book editor, will get your work in advance, edit 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. No picture books, please.
  • Women’s fiction / chick lit / literary fiction: Faculty member Amy Sue Nathan, a published women’s fiction novelist and essayist, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book (or 10 pages of essay writing), meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • Adult fantasy, science fiction, and speculative fiction: Faculty member Janice Bashman, a published fantasy author, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book (or 10 pages of essay writing), meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • Thriller, crime, suspense, and mystery: Faculty member Merry Jones, a published mystery author, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your novel, 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 / personal essay: Faculty member Anne Kaier, a published memoir author, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book/essays, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • More genres and critique options: More options possibly added in the future.