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Children's Book
Writers' Critique Group

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.

3rd Tuesday of Every Month

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.

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

I wanted to say thank you for your time and comments yesterday. I have never been to a critique group before and wasn't quite sure what to expect. You made it very easy for all of us and I found the comments and insights you gave invaluable. Overall, I really enjoyed it. --Fern L.

The Art of Getting Published for Teens

A New Summer Series Presented For Teens by Not Your Mother’s Book Club, Writeous and Books Inc. in Santa Clara
So you have manuscript or book idea, what now? The goal of this series is to convey realistic expectations while still encouraging young writers and providing them the opportunity to gain  knowledge and tools  from industry professionals needed to continue in their process and be a step ahead of peers.  Participants must be age 13-18! 

Classes Held at Books Inc. in Santa Clara , 11 A.M.

Each class is $40 for a two hour session.


May 20th • Intro to Publishing

Registration Closed
Hannah Walcher, M.A. Publishing 
Learn publishing terms, talk about Indie-Friendly self-publishing, ask questions!

June 3rd • Author’s Perspective

Registration Closed
Brittany Cavallaro
Discuss writing tips, finding your voice, and honing your craft

July 15th • Editor’s Perspective

Registration Closed
Summer Dawn Laurie
Discuss the importance of editing their work

August 12th • Agent’s Perspective

Registration Closed
Jennifer March Soloway
Discuss the importance of having an Agent and how to get one.

No-shows and cancellations less than 24 hours will not receive a refund.