With a 3:1 student-teacher ratio, this fabulous workshop is one of our most popular. You will receive specific feedback on the first ten pages of your manuscript from an author instructor in a small group setting. Manuscript pages will also be shared, in advance, with the other members of your group. You will be expected to review the pages for each group member prior to attending the workshop as the entire group will discuss each person’s work.



(Please note that due to the volume of emails we send and receive, we are no longer emailing initial instructions for this workshop. All the information you need for this workshop is listed below! *You must be registered for the First Pages Workshop before you proceed.)


Dear First Pages Workshop 2019 Participants,

We’re so excited to have you in this workshop! You will be spending your session (either first 12:00-2:45 or second 3:15-6:00) in a group with one highly qualified instructor and two fellow attendees. Your manuscript’s first 10 pages will be shared with your instructor and the other members of your group prior to the workshop. (You’ll receive this list on April 4th.) In order to ensure a successful workshop experience, please follow all instructions carefully. (NOTE: Please fill out a survey for EVERY workshop session you signed up for per their respective Welcome Letter link.)



March 7th, 2019 Last day to receive a refund for workshop cancellation.

March 14th, 2019 General information due using the link HERE

April 4th, 2019      Instructor/Group assignments will be emailed.

April 11th, 2019    Your 10 pages are due to your mentor and group. (See below.)

May 9th, 2019 Day of Workshop.

*Note: Group members are expected to thoughtfully review each other’s materials. While actual critiques are not required, some instructors will give an opportunity to offer (brief) verbal feedback.


WORKSHOP DAY INSTRUCTIONS: When you arrive, check in at registration. From there, proceed to the room marked FIRST PAGES where you’ll find a table with your instructor’s name. If you’ve forgotten your instructor’s name, don’t worry, we’ll have that information for you. *All workshops are located on the same floor as registration.


During the workshop, you’ll give input on your fellow attendees’ stories as your instructor requests. Please do participate, but remember to be respectful of time. When the instructor moves to the next participant, the discussion of your own story will be closed, and all focus will move to the next attendee.

While having the spotlight on your work can be nerve-wracking, workshops are many people’s favorite day of the conference! If you’ve never been, prepare to have a great time, meet new friends, and get expert advice from one of our fantastic instructors.

For those attending two workshops, a snack will be provided between sessions.


PLEASE  NOTE: We will reply within 3 business days to confirm that we’ve received your 10 pages submission. If you do not receive a reply, or if you do not receive further information by our specified dates, please check your spam and other folders. If you haven’t heard from us, please email, allowing up to 3 days for a response. Sometimes there can be a problem with an email server, and we don’t want you to miss your instructions! Last day to receive a refund for workshop cancellation is March 7th. If you find you must cancel after this day, kindly let us know so we can give your spot to someone on our waiting list, but note, we are not able to give refunds after March 7th, 2019.

The conference is going to be so wonderful, we can’t wait to share it with you!



Crystal Liechty and Natalee Cooper

Thursday Workshop Co-Chairs


First Pages Instructors

*Instructors will be assigned, though we do match attendees with instructors as best we can!

Rebecca Blevins, Mikey Brooks, Veeda Bybee, Kenneth Cassell, Julianne Donaldson, Jared Garrett, Chelsea Hale, Melanie Jacobson, Jen G. Johnson, Abel Keogh, Kimberly Krey, Chalon Linton, Gregg Luke, Heather Moore, Jolene Perry, Jeanette Rallison, Kate White