First Pages Clinic

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 mentor 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.

MENTORS: Lindzee Armstrong, Janette Rallison, Traci Abramson, Jennifer Moore, Stephanie Black, Michelle Wilson, Camille Andros, Peggy Eddleman, Brittany Larsen, Jenny Proctor, Tasha Seegmiller, Krista Jensen, Michelle Jefferies, Kimberly VanderHorst

Please note that due to the volume of emails we send and receive, we are no longer emailing initial instructions for this workshop. This is your welcome letter.


Dear First Pages Clinic 2018 Participants,

We are so excited to have you in this workshop! You will be spending your session (either 12:00-2:45 or 3:15-6:00) in a group with one highly qualified mentor and two fellow attendees.

You will receive your group assignment, mentor, and any further instructions by Thursday, April 5th.

Your entire ten pages will be due to your assigned mentor and group by Thursday, April 12th. You will receive further information when you get your mentor and group assignment.

PLEASE NOTE: We will reply within three business days to confirm that we’ve received your 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 and let us know. Sometimes there can be a problem with an email server, and we don’t want you to miss your instructions!

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


The First Pages Team

After registration opens, and you register for the First Pages Clinic, fill out this form. The form is to be filled out by Thursday, March 15th. Failure to submit your information by March 15th may cause you to be randomly assigned to a group. The form will ask you for the following:

1. Your name (if you register under a different name, please include that name and tell us what the name will be on your badge)
2. Your audience (adult, YA, middle grade, chapter book, picture book) and your genre (fantasy, mystery, romance, etc.)
3. 1-2 pages (250-500 words) that show a clear example of your writing style and level. This can be the first one or two pages of the ten pages you’ll submit later on, or one to two pages from the middle.