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 $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 and middle grade: Faculty member Heather Maclean, a published kidlit author, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your YA or MG 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.
  • Adult science fiction and fantasy: Faculty member Steve Bein, a published speculative fiction author, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your adult sci-fi or fantasy novel, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss his thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • 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.
  • Literary fiction, mainstream/general fiction, historical fiction, and memoir: Faculty member Weam Namou, a published author of memoir and novels, will get your work in advance, edit 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.
  • Women’s fiction, romance, cozy mysteries, paranormal romance (YA or adult), dystopian (YA or adult), Christian romance, Christian speculative fiction: Faculty member Kara Leigh Miller, an editor and former literary agent, 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. No erotica, please.
  • More possible critique options: Details and information TBA.
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