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 Writing Workshop of Chicago 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:

  • Children’s picture books: Faculty member Shannon Anderson, a published kidlit and picture book author, will get your work in advance, edit your picture book (maximum of 1,000 words in length), 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, and suspense: Faculty member Lori Rader-Day, a published mystery/thriller author, will get your work in advance, edit your 10 double-spaced manuscript pages, 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 science fiction and adult fantasy: Faculty member Sue Burke, a published speculative fiction author, will get your work in advance, edit your 10 double-spaced manuscript pages, 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 young adult or middle grade for Sue; only adult fiction please.
  • More critique options forthcoming.
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