Please note: This is a tentative schedule to provide an example of what the weekend might look like. All attendees will receive a final schedule and details as the event draws near.
Friday, May 18
4:00 PM Check-in/Lodging—Lodging Office Academic Hall for those who have booked a room
4:30-5:10 Check-in/Workshop –Grand Assembly Hall Porch (also listed on map as Community House).
You’ll receive your registration materials—map, nametag, two assigned critiquing
groups, and information packet.
☼Turn in optional items at registration table during check-in♥.
You have the option to turn one, both, or none of the following at registration:
☼OPTION to turn in First Page: All participants will attend “First Pages” on Saturday, however if you’d like the chance to partake as a submitter, please turn in one page from one manuscript (please make five copies, paper-clipped together).
Format Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double spaced with no more than 16 lines/220 words. We understand participants may be working on several different manuscripts in their critiquing groups, however for the “First Pages” session, participants are invited to turn in a maximum of one submission in total. Submissions will be shuffled to a random order, then read aloud. Please understand, there is no guarantee your page will be read; regardless, there is much to learn by the experience of hearing agents and editors give on-the-spot, professional feedback. Sometimes it’s easier to hear and understand the rational for criticism when it is not personal, so even if you don’t have a page read, this is truly a unique and fantastic opportunity to hear how agents and editors respond to submissions.
♥OPTION to turn in a Pitch or Query: All participants will attend the Pitch/Query session on Saturday evening. If you’d also like to have your pitch or query possibly read in front of the group, please turn in a one-page pitch or query when you register (5 copies). (Formatted). Again, please understand there is no guarantee yours will be read.
Above submissions will remain anonymous and shredded afterward. Please don’t include name.
5:10 – 5:30 Welcome and Introductions — Grand Assembly Hall/ Community House
5:30 – 6:45 Dinner — Grand Assembly Hall/Community House
7:00 – 9:15 Critique Group 1 – go to cottage of your “Critique Group 1” faculty member. Please bring seven (7) copies of the pages from the manuscript you’d like to have critiqued (It’s recommend to bring the first five or six pages of a work in progress. Remember— every minute spent reading or explaining will cut into your feedback time. Each participant will be allotted approximately 20 minutes total—reading, explaining, and receiving feedback—we urge you to use your time wisely.
Saturday, May 19
(Breakfast on your own)
8:45 – 11:00 Critique Group 2—go to the cottage of your “Critique Group 2” faculty member. You may choose to work the same manuscript or a different manuscript. Again, remember to bring seven (7) copies of what you’d like critiqued.
11:15 – 12:30 ☼First Pages Agents and Editors — Grand Assembly/ Community House
12:30 Pick up boxed Lunch — Grand Assembly/Community House
12:30 – 3:30 Rewriting Time
3:30 – 5:45 Meet at Critique Group 1 cottage(bring seven copies). You may choose to work with revised pages, new series of pages, or a new manuscript
6:00 – 7:30 Dinner — Grand Assembly/Community House
7:30 – 8:45 ♥Pitch and Query Session with agents— Grand Assembly/Community House
Sunday, May 20
Breakfast on your own
8:45 – 11:00 Meet again with Critique Group 2 (cottage)(Bring appropriate number of copies)
11:00-11:30 For those with rooms, check-out of cottages; turn in key at Lodging Office
11:30 – 12:30 Agents and Editors Q&A Panel and Final Thoughts from all faculty — Grand Assembly
12:30-1:30 Lunch and Farewell — Grand Assembly