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First Pages Critique Session

  • Feb 9, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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The first page of your manuscript is the most important page you'll ever write. It's the first page that agents and editors see, and unfortunately, the ONLY page they will judge you on. Agents, and editors, extremely busy as they are, have developed a keen eye for queries/ manuscripts submitted to them. They can tell whether to accept or reject a manuscript simply by reading the first line, or first page alone.

In this First Pages Critique Session, you will read aloud your first page and the facilitator and the rest of the group will give you helpful feedback on how to make your first page sparkle. We'll give you tips on how to catch your readers' attention (and an agent/editor) by helping you create a first line that hooks them and never lets them go.


1. Print the FIRST 400 words of your manuscript on a single sheet of paper.
2. On the top left corner of your manuscript (header), type your NAME/TITLE OF BOOK (GENRE)
3. Bring copies for everyone attending.
4. You may bring a voice recorder to record your feedback, and a notebook to take notes.
5. Please COME ON TIME on earlier, so we can make the most of your feedback time.

Please COME ON TIME on earlier, so we can make the most of your feedback time.

Again, if you are not able to attend the upcoming critique, please inform me at soon as possible by emailing me [masked].

I’m looking forward to reading your wonderful stories.

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  • Janet M.

    Absolutely wonderful! Had been a looong time since I attended and this was not "scary" as I envisioned. Taking baby steps.

    February 12, 2013

  • Amanda

    This session was different from previous critiques I've attended, and it taught me to ask new questions as I read. Thanks to Nutschell for organizing this meeting and providing such great guidance, and thanks to everyone who shared their work and their feedback!

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • Bryan C.

    Really enjoyed the first page critique. I find these so useful and am looking forward to the next one!

    February 9, 2013

  • Richard R.

    A good session with fellow scribblers. I always appreciate everyone's support, especially Nutschell's uncanny ability to comprehend, analyze and critique in a way that is succinct, insightful and helpful.

    1 · February 9, 2013



    February 9, 2013

  • P S.

    I didn't realize I moved up the list. I'm actually going to a retirement seminar... since I'm planning on quitting my job within a year..... crazy, I know.

    February 7, 2013

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