Category Archives: critique groups

“A Method for the Madness” & Silent Auction Announcement, by Virginia Law Manning, EPA Critique Group Organizer

I’ve read it takes the average author 10 years to get their first book published. TEN years. But, one thing I’ve learned is that you can’t rush it. You have to do your homework. While there are no short cuts, … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolution (and Manuscript Critique Giveaway!) by Virginia Law Manning

Happy New Year, my fellow creators! Ahhh… 2017! A fresh start! There’s no time like the present to take on some new writing and/or illustrating goals! If you’re not already in a critique group, why not join one now? All … Continue reading

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Critiquing Voice, By Virginia Law Manning

Editors and agents often say the number one thing they are looking for when reading manuscripts is a distinct and fresh voice. But, what is voice? In her book VOICE LESSONS, Nancy Dean describes voice as the “fingerprint of a … Continue reading

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Upcoming Eastern PA SCBWI Member Opportunities and Events!

Happy Summer! We’ve got some amazing events for all our members. Be sure to read through because you don’t want to miss one thing. Not a one! SUNDAY, JUNE 26th, 4:00-6:00 pm  Eastern PA SCBWI member Diane Guscott is starting a new … Continue reading

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Jason Kirschner Is “Drawn to Picture Books” – Interview & Book Giveaway, by Virginia Law Manning

This month, I thought I’d acquaint you with a critique group I admire. The six founding members: Mike Ciccotello, Deborah Cuneo, Diana Ting Delosh, Barbara DiLorenzo, Patricia Keeler and Jason Kirschner, are all brilliant author/illustrators well on their way to … Continue reading

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UPCOMING EPA SCBWI EVENTS AND YOU’RE INVITED!!

WOWZA! You’ve asked and we’ve delivered. Well, our amazing, dedicated, and incredibly awesome members have delivered. Here’s some upcoming fantastic & fabulously fun Eastern PA SCBWI events. MONDAY, MAY 23rd, 9:15-10:45 AM  Eastern PA SCBWI member Anita Nolan and Virginia … Continue reading

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Digging Deeper – Identifying the Core Emotion, by Virginia Law Manning

  Last month my blog post gave the basics of becoming a good critique partner. Now let’s dig deeper by, Identifying the Core Emotion The core emotion, or core motivator, of a story is its heart. It’s the ‘why.’ The … Continue reading

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