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June 25 - NOW OPEN - Claire Dorsett, Formerly with Roaring Brook Press, Crit-N-Chat

Recieve written critique of your PB to YA manuscript, plus chat one-on-one live

Register now for a limited number of Critique-N-Chats with Claire Dorsett.

Limited to 5 writers

Manuscripts due June 4th.

Critique-N-Chat on June 25th, starting at 6 PM EST.


Claire Dorsett, Former Assistant Editor at Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan
Claire's love of literature led her to pursue a BA in English from Cornell University, where she was involved with campus publications The Daily Sun and Rainy Day literary magazine. She then completed the six-week intensive Columbia Publishing Course before finding a home at Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, assisting Vice President and Publisher Simon Boughton. She has worked on a range of projects during her time at Roaring Brook, including Lane Smith's middle-grade debut Return to Augie Hobble, Steve Sheinkin's National Book Award finalist Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War, and picture books The Skunk and Ned the Knitting Pirate. Among other projects, she is currently working on a series of books for emerging readers in partnership with the Scripps National Spelling Bee, as well as a picture book about fishing by Tommy Greenwald and David McPhail.


Your critique may include full picture books for fiction, full picture books plus back matter for nonfiction, and up to ten pages of older genre categories (chapter book through YA).

Questions may be sent to KidLit College, Jodell Sadler @ [email protected].


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Claire Dorsett
Claire Dorsett

Claire Dorsett, Publishing Consultant, Former Assistant Editor at Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan

Claire Dorsett fell in love with stories and storytelling at a young age, spending much of her time ensconced in her own (non)magic treehouse with her nose in a book. Diving down Alice’s rabbit hole, climbing through Narnia’s wardrobe, and trekking across Middle Earth led her to pursue a BA in English from Cornell University, and inspired her to complete the Columbia Publishing Course. She soon found a home at Macmillan's Roaring Brook Press, where she worked on a variety of picture book, middle-grade, and young adult projects including Steve Sheinkin's National Book Award finalist Most Dangerous; Lane Smith’s There Is a Tribe of Kids; and a series for emerging readers developed with the Scripps National Spelling Bee. After three years at Roaring Brook, Claire moved home to Cleveland, Ohio to focus on a different kind of children’s storytelling as the Exhibits Developer for the Great Lakes Science Center. However, unable to give up children's books entirely, she continues to work one-on-one with aspiring authors to optimize their manuscripts for submission. You can still often find her somewhere outside, generally with her nose in a book.


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