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 Minnesota 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 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. Options:

  • Children’s picture books: Faculty member Cori Doerrfeld, a published picture book author/illustrator, will get your work in advance, edit your picture 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. There is a maximum of 1,000 words for each picture book submission. The submission can include illustrations or be text only.
  • Thriller, mystery, crime, suspense. Faculty member Allen Eskens, a published thriller author, will get your work in advance, edit your manuscript pages, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss his thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting. Only adult fiction please; no YA or MG in these categories for Allen.
  • Young adult and middle grade: Faculty member David Oppegaard, a published kidlit author, will get your work in advance, edit your manuscript pages, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss his thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • More manuscript critique options forthcoming.
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