Critique Options

(IMPORTANT JUNE 2020 UPDATE: The 2020 CWW is now an Online Conference to keep everyone safe, on the new date of September 12, 2020. There is much more to say about this, but immediately you should understand 1) This will be easy and awesome, and online conferences we’ve done thus far have received wonderful feedback, 2) You do not have to be tech-savvy to do this, and 3) We are keeping all aspects of the event, including one-on-one agent & editor pitching, which will now be done by Skype or Zoom or phone. Learn all details about the (new date) Sept. 12 CWW Online Conference here and what everything means.)

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Add $69 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter from Brian Klems, one of the workshop’s instructors. (This rate is a special event value for Colorado 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:

  • Science fiction, fantasy, mystery, young adult: Faculty member Brenda Hardwick, a published author, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, and pass along written critique notes at your 10-minute virtual meeting.
  • Mystery, thriller, general fiction, literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, romance, women’s fiction: Faculty member Tara Bailey, a writing coach and author, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, and pass along written critique notes at your 10-minute virtual meeting.
  • Memoir, middle grade, historical fiction, literary fiction, young adult, children’s picture books: Faculty member Eve Porinchak, a freelance editor and former literary agent, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, and pass along written critique notes at your virtual meeting. For children’s picture books, 1,000 words maximum please — and the books can have illustrations or cannot.
  • Literary fiction, mainstream fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, women’s fiction, memoir, humor: Faculty member Ricki Cardenas, a published writer, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your story, and pass along written critique notes at your 10-minute virtual meeting.
  • More manuscript critique options possibly forthcoming.