The First Five Pages WorkshopThis amazing international workshop was online before online was cool. I'm not just saying this because I've been a mentor on the site for years. First Five Pages is a collaborative workshop where each writer is assigned two professional mentors to provide two rounds of feedback. A literary agent reviews and comments on the polished pieces and pitch letter. The strongest entry often receives the offer of a partial or full manuscript read.
Writing Motivation & AccountabilityI don't know about you but I've been pretty quiet writing-wise (and on social media) of late. After spending eight hours a day online for work (and yes, that involves almost endless virtual meetings from my dining room table), the idea of switching to my "author" computer and logging more screen time has been losing out to the option of just taking a LONG walk outside. I've been trying to improve: setting word count goals and reaching out critique group colleagues. I find that knowing someone besides myself is going to look at my work gives me both motivation and a sense of accountability.
How to Enter the Workshop
If you're like me, needing a writing community to help you move forward in these surreal times, check out the First Five Pages opportunity. The June workshop is open for entries from 12 am to 11:59 pm ET on Monday, June 3. Not quite ready to take that step? Here's an article I wrote about identifying your antagonist -- it's based on an in-person workshop I teach and I've been told it's helpful -- feel free to let me know on Twitter or, you know, whatever.