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 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 $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:

  • Young adult and middle grade: Faculty member L.E. DeLano, a published kidlit author, will get your work in advance, edit 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.
  • Mystery, thriller, crime, suspense, cozy mystery, and short fiction in these categories: Faculty member Wendy Tyson, a published mystery author, 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.
  • Memoir, literary fiction, mainstream/contemporary fiction, historical fiction, essays, women’s fiction, and general nonfiction (biography, history, prescriptive, self-help/advice, etc.): Faculty member Lisa Romeo, a published author, 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.
  • Short stories, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, women’s fiction, children’s picture books: Faculty member Eve Porinchak, a former literary agent and current writing coach, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your manuscript, and provide a critique. Unlike other critiquers helping our Philadelphia workshop, Eve will not personally be at the event. That means you will get your notes emailed from her, and she can talk with you via Skype or phone in place of an in-person consultation. Picture book submissions should be 1,000 words maximum; they can include illustrations or not. Eve is a former literary agent for Jill Corcoran Literary, and the author of ONE CUT, a teen true crime book that launch the imprint Simon True for Simon & Schuster.
  • More options forthcoming.