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Webinar: First Page Blitz with Editor Kat Brzozowski

Date(s) - 06/20/2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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Learn Craft From Home with this Webinar!

First Page Blitz with Editor Kat Brzozowski

June 20, 7pm to 8:30pm Central time

Are you ready to improve the chances of your work getting read by an agent or editor? Ready to strengthen your craft? Learn from home with this online class about first pages from editor Kat Brzozowski at Swoon Reads/Feiwel & Friends.


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As an author, you're told over and over that the first page is so important. Why? We all know you have only a few pages to grab the attention of an agent or an editor, and that first page is essential in getting your reader's attention. In this webinar, Kat will review as many first pages as time allows, discussing topics ranging from voice, word choice, audience, dialogue, setting, worldbuilding, and more, and answer questions about how to make your first page pop.

Tips you learn from this webinar will help you create eye-catching, page-turning first pages that launch your story. And you'll be able to use these same tips to strengthen every page of your manuscript after that.

Attendees who register before June 1 can submit the first page of their manuscript for the chance to get it reviewed live during the webinar. NOTE: Submission is not a guarantee that your page will be reviewed during the webinar.

Pages will be shown to all attendees, so submit your page without a title or name. Please make sure your page is properly formatted; for more information on manuscript formatting, see this page on

The Texas SCBWI webinar craft series is designed to help children's book writers and illustrators of all levels deepen their work. To that end, we're keeping the registration fee low to make sure the webinars are accessible to everyone. SCBWI members pay just $10; non-members pay $35. Members, make sure you're logged in to get the member price. If you're a non-member and would like to join SCBWI, go to the website of our national organization. If you choose to pay by check, please make it out to Houston SCBWI and mail to Houston SCBWI, c/o Bruce Foster, 14126 Saddlebend Drive, Houston, TX 77070.

Kat is also offering to do written critiques of the first 10 pages of your manuscript after the webinar. Critiques cost $30 and a limited number are available. If you would like a critique, choose that option when you register.

Critique pages must be submitted during the week between July 1 and July 8. This gives you time after the webinar to revise based on what you learned. Written feedback from Kat will be emailed to you within 2 months.

See our webinar critique guidelines for more information on submitting pages.

Kat Brzozowski is an Editor at Swoon Reads/Feiwel & Friends, where she edits crowdsourced YA manuscripts from and acquires books traditionally through Feiwel & Friends. Previously, she was an Editor at Thomas Dunne Books, a division of St. Martin's Press. She has worked on a wide range of young adult fiction, from Anna-Marie McLemore's National Book Award longlister When the Moon Was Ours to new Fear Street books in R.L. Stine’s best‐selling series, which has sold over eighty million copies worldwide. Kat is looking to acquire young adult fiction across a wide range of genres, especially contemporary, realistic YA with a strong hook; dark, contemporary fiction (not too issues-y), mysteries, suspense, and thrillers; and sci-fi and fantasy novels that are mostly rooted in this world. She is especially interested in YA with crossover appeal. When she’s reading YA, she looks for a strong sense of voice, multi-dimensional characters, and realistic dialogue.