The Zombie Project: A Boxcar Children Mystery
(Ghostwritten by Anastasia Suen)

First Draft Workshops

The author of 275 books for children, teens, and adults, I have been working as a developmental editor since 1999.

I currently offer two first draft workshops for children’s book writers. Both (pantser / plotter) workshops are 8 weeks long. After you complete your first draft during the workshop, you will send in your manuscript for two critiques.

All of the writing lessons, goal worksheets, and critique worksheets are on a private site.

The Intensive Picture Book Workshop has 70+ lessons.
The Children’s Novel Workshop has 50+ lessons.

After you sign up, I will send you a password.

Workshop FAQ

Q. What happens in a workshop?
A. A workshop is asynchronous. There are no “hours” and we won’t have any scheduled meetings, so it doesn’t matter what your time zone is or which continent you live on! (I’ve worked with writers from all seven continents.)

Q. When is my assignment due?
A. Your work will be due on Wednesday in your time zone.

Q. How do I send you my assignment?
A. Please send your work (to my workshop email address) as an email attachment. I will make a copy of your document with my initials, and then add comments, questions, and suggestions for you to consider with colored ink and highlighting.

Q. When will you reply to my assignment?
A. I write my own books first thing in the morning and work one-on-one with individual writers in the afternoon Monday through Friday.

Q. Will you recommend a publisher for my book?
A. No. There are three steps to becoming a published author.

  1. Write the book.
  2. Revise the book.
  3. Sell the book.

You write the book (step 1) and as a developmental editor, I can help you revise it (step 2). The person who sells books to a publisher (step 3) is a literary agent.

Q. Will you give me a partial refund if I can’t finish all of the work before the deadline?
A. No. If you sign up for a workshop critique and need to cancel before we begin, please be advised that I charge a $20 handling fee for cancellations. After the session begins, fees are NOT REFUNDABLE.

Be a Panster: Sit your pants in the chair and get those words on the page. Write whatever comes to mind without letting the editor in your head say, “This won’t work!” Just let the words come.

Be a Plotter and answer the guiding question on the critique step worksheet each week. Let your planning (and the new ideas you learn in the lessons in the modules) feed your muse so you can write.

My writing students come from all levels of the continuum, from beginner to already published. Some students sold the books they wrote in the workshops while others continued to master their craft and sold their first book later.

Are you looking for a writing class to help you start your book? Sign up for the Intensive Picture Book Workshop or the Children’s Novel Workshop so we can start working together!

Still have questions? Email me.

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