Get one-on-one feedback on your work from an instructor.
A one-on-one with an illustration or writing coach is a 25 to 30-minute critique via Zoom.
First, review the list of instructors (below) as each specializes in specific types of work.
Next, select and pay for your critique. From the confirmation page we will link you directly to our calendar system to book your date and time.
Lastly, remember to submit your work at least a week in advance via the link provided.
- You'll need to upload your work at least at least a week in advance to give the instructor of your choice time to give you thoughtful feedback.
- If you choose someone who specialize in picture book critiques, please only submit ONE manuscript or dummy for critique.
- The instructors available will fluctuate throughout the year.
- After checking out, just wait a few minutes to schedule your one-on-one through the instructor's calendar in Calendly. You can book a date from there and add it to your calendar.
- Make sure you upload your work for the instructor in advance and show up for your one-on-one through the Zoom link provided!
- If you need help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUR CURRENT ONE-ON-ONE CRITIQUE INSTRUCTORS
Arree Chung is an award-winning author/illustrator of Mixed and the founder of Storyteller Academy. Arree's Ninja! series has received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal. Kirkus also gave a starred review to Mixed, which recently won the FCGB award. Today Arree lives a creative life, making stories for children. Arree spends most of his time making picture books, writing middle-grade novels, and sharing his love for art, design, and storytelling with kids and dreamers everywhere.
For critique, you may submit your story or dummy.
Carter is our Instructor for signature course, Picture Book Wordsmith and mini-class, Writing Voice. This year, she will be teaching Picture Book Manuscript Revision Workshop Series. For critique, you may submit a picture book manuscript OR dummy for critique. Or you may submit the first 1250 words of your chapter book OR middle-grade novel.
Isabella Kung is the instructor of our Illustration 1 and Illustration 2 courses. For a critique with Isabella, you may submit one picture book dummy OR two illustrations for detailed critique OR an illustration portfolio for an overview.
Julie Downing is the instructor of our Illustration 1 and Illustration 2 courses. For a critique with Julie, you may submit one picture book dummy OR two illustrations for detailed critique OR an illustration portfolio for an overview.
Our Writing Picture Book Manuscripts instructor, Jim Averbeck, is brilliant at helping students see how to revise their picture book manuscripts and dummies. You may be familiar with Jim's Hierarchy of Revision. Jim is a great mentor for any stage your story is in. You will need to upload either a dummy or a manuscript as a Word Doc or a PDF. Please don't submit anything longer than 1,500 words.
Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez is a mom, wife, agent with Bradford Literary Agency, middle school math teacher, and picture book author. She's also the proud co-creator and co-host of the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest and Kidlit Zombie Week as well as creator and co-host of the Kidlit Fall Writing Frenzy Contest.
For critique, you can submit one picture book manuscript as a Word Doc or one dummy as a PDF.
Tim McCanna writes rhyming picture books and taught our Storytelling in Rhyme mini-class. If you have a rhyming picture book, you may submit one manuscript for Tim to critique. We highly recommend taking his mini-class before you sign up for a critique with him. Tim is also happy to critique non-rhyming picture books.