General Information

June 2017

First 100 Words First Impressions Pages:
If you would like to participate in this session, please bring five copies of your first 100 words of your manuscript’s first page.

Please use Times New Roman, double-spaced, 14 pt. font and only include the first 100 words on the page. Do not put your name on the pages, but do put the title and category: picture book, easy reader, chapter book, middle grade or young adult.

Please paperclip your pages together for ease of separation so each member of the panel gets a page and one for the reader. There will be a drop-off box for the first pages.

The panel will consist of Sarah Jane Abbott, John Cusick, Brett Duquette and Harold Underdown.

Pages selected for reading will be random, but due to time constraints, we can’t guarantee everyone’s pages will be read.

Directions to the Hampton Inn & Suites:
If coming from Interstate 84, take Exit 13, head north for approximately 10 miles. The hotel will be on your left.
If crossing over the Mid-Hudson Bridge, head south on Rt. 9 for approximately 4 miles. The hotel will be on your right. 

Refund Policy:
For a registration only refund, cancellation must be in writing and postmarked on or before May 29, 2017. Critique fees are non-refundable, unless the critique schedule is full. 

Book Store:
Merritt Books will be selling books throughout the day. Please support our local booksellers.

These sessions will be lecture with some hands-on writing exercises. Please bring paper and pen and your work-in-progress (if you have one). Our goal is for attendees to apply these hands-on techniques to their idea or work-in-progress, if the exercises are appropriate.

If your personal preference is a tablet, notebook or any other personal computer, we can not assume responsibility for these items.