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Children's Book Writing Group Registration

Looking for feedback on your kid’s book manuscript? Bring your work-in-progress to this hands-on critique group moderated by a professional children’s book editor with nearly 20 years of experience. You will be amazed at how much you learn yourself by critiquing another writer’s work.

Just a quick note to say thank you for the honest and direct input about my story. Looks like I have some homework to do, which was expected since this was my first step. And what an interesting and nice group of people.  I appreciated their enthusiasm for their work and that they are 'working' on their stories. --Jason A.

Thank you for your notes on our dog book at the critique group last night at Books Inc.  Those were the questions we needed to ask ourselves and were much appreciated. --Cherilyn B

Thank you for last night.  I found the process most helpful, not only about my own book, but I learned much listening to your advice about the other books as well.   Susan R.

Thank you for holding the drop in critique group last night. I enjoyed it very much and the comments were all very helpful with my story.  Margaret Speaker Yuan

Thank you so much for the critique group last night. You gave me some very helpful suggestions and exercises. I walked away with lots of notes and inspiration for future revision.  Jennifer March Soloway

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Next Class is Tuesday, February 21, 2017 !
6:00 – 8:00 pm•$40 per session
Books Inc. at Opera Plaza•Hosted by Summer Dawn Laurie

Bring 6 copies of your picturebook manuscript or up to 10 pages of your middle grade/YA novel.  Classes are limited to 6 participants.  Classes with less than 3 participants will be cancelled with a full refund or be transferred to the next open class.   48-hour minimum advance sign-up required.  No-shows and cancellations less than 24 hours will not receive a refund.

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summer laurie photoSummer Dawn Laurie set her sights on the world of children’s book publishing in 1997 and has never looked back. She started down this path at Chronicle Books for Children, working in both the marketing and editorial departments. In 2000 she crossed the bay to join Tricycle Press, the children's imprint of Ten Speed Press in Berkeley, California. As Senior Editor, Summer worked on over 50 published books across varied genres—picturebooks, board books, novels, activity books, fiction and non-fiction for young people up to age 12. After seven years she took yet another fork in the road and is now an independent editor, working to strengthen each word her clients write and helping guide them through the often labyrinthine route to publication. Summer is also a children’s specialist at independent bookseller Books Inc. where she has started the Wild Girls Mother-Daughter Book Club for girls aged 9-12 years old and their moms. And just for fun, Summer produces the children’s and teen programming for the annual Litquake literary festival and sits on the board of the NCIBA where she chairs the Northern California Children's Booksellers' Alliance.