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Feb 15 - FIRST PAGES LIVE EXPERT REVIEW - with Julie Bliven, Charlesbridge

Expert Review on First Lines, Opening, Characters, Approach, Originality & More

Feb 15 - FIRST PAGES LIVE EXPERT REVIEW - with Julie Bliven, Charlesbridge

Thursday, Feb 15th @ 7:30 PM EST

We've done first pages at conferences, and now I'd like to bring it to the virtual stage. What can we learn about the important set up of story from those who send in their pages for review live.

In this webinar, a limited number of writers will have the opportunity to share a first-page and agree to have their manuscripts read and reviewed live. Charlesbridge editor Julie Bliven will comment on the concept, first breath, line, paragraph, characters, pages, originality ... and so much more. First pages participant's manuscripts will be shared with Julie without names and tags, but will be read live for feedback.

Give a listen now and understand what it takes to pass the editor and agent gatekeepers in publishing. This will really inform the way you think about your project—you will not want to miss this live, engaging webinar.

Register now as a PARTICIPANT to receive your feedback!

Register now as an ATTENDEE and enjoy what you discover tips applicable to your own projects.

Information on how to register for our Zoom room and upload your FIRST PAGE (complete manuscript) on Submittable.com will appear in your curriculum folder. Julie reserves the right to further review and read manuscripts of interest. All participant manuscripts will be shared with her.

More About Julie Bliven

Julie Bliven is editor at Charlesbridge, where she edits fiction and nonfiction board books, picture books, and middle-grade novels. She has worked with authors such as Anne Sibley O’Brien, Steve Jenkins, Peter and Paul Reynolds, and JaNay Brown-Wood. Julie holds an M.A. in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, mentors writers in the college’s M.F.A. program, and has taught writing courses at the Jewish Community Center of Massachusetts. She is also a member of the Children’s Book Council Diversity Initiative.

Julie Bliven is looking for contemporary, realistic middle-grade novels—she particularly enjoys themes of female friendships, sports, and/or socio-economic disparity. She’s also looking for nature nonfiction picture books that use innovative narrative structure, fiction picture books with hooks for the classroom, and unique biographies that are not cradle-to-grave.


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Julie Bliven
Julie Bliven

Julie Bliven is editor at Charlesbridge, where she edits fiction and nonfiction board books, picture books, and middle-grade novels. She has worked with authors such as Anne Sibley O’Brien, Steve Jenkins, Peter and Paul Reynolds, and JaNay Brown-Wood. Julie holds an M.A. in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, mentors writers in the college’s M.F.A. program, and has taught writing courses at the Jewish Community Center of Massachusetts. She is also a member of the Children’s Book Council Diversity Initiative.

Julie Bliven is looking for contemporary, realistic middle-grade novels—she particularly enjoys themes of female friendships, sports, and/or socio-economic disparity. She’s also looking for nature nonfiction picture books that use innovative narrative structure, fiction picture books with hooks for the classroom, and unique biographies that are not cradle-to-grave.

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