Blue Pencil and Pitches… Deadlines Looming.

Hi Everyone.

Please be aware that the deadline for signing up for a Blue Pencil or a Pitch coming soon. It’s not too late and it is included in the price of registration.

Documents are to be sent by September 10th, 2022 to wcwfestival.com

Please put BLUE PENCIL or PITCH in the subject line.

Spots are limited. If you’re requesting an appointment then you must pick your top three choices as some are already full.

A blue pencil will consist of no more than four (4)- five (5) pages–double spaced. 


  • You’ll be informed by email (wcwfestival@gmail.com) of when to forward.–BEFORE SEPT 10th.
  • Your blue pencil appointment will take place live during Saturday September 24 during the Festival (except for Jonas Saul or Anna O’Keeffe –which will be done by Zoom also during the Festival)
  • You will have 12 minutes to discuss your work.
  • Submissions requested now.
  • Ensure your s*am filter doesn’t filter out the WCWF email. 
  • You’ll get your scheduled appointment with your registration.
  • Be aware that you may not get your first choice but each presenter doing the critiques has something unique to offer. 
  • Your patience is appreciated. 
  • Remember, a blue pencil is NOT an edit. It is a discussion about your writing and asking advice and being open to suggestions about your writing etc. 


For a pitch. Please put together these items: 

  • query letter–with comparables (see the Reedsy link below)
  • 500 word synopsis
  • one or two sentences as to why you’re the best to write this book/project
  • first six pages
  • watch your email

Make your work as professional as possible… That means that’s it’s edited and formatted. Do a little bit of research on how to pitch. Check Jane Friedman or Reedsy

Also please check your sp*m filters to ensure that our emails WCWFestival@gmail.com get through. There will be a lot of information coming your way over the next several days.


Deadline LOOMING….

The deadline for REGISTRATION is NOON pst Monday September 20, 2021

There is ONE 6-minute PITCH SPOT still available with Sam Hiyate. Cost $25

Here are some TIPS for pitching. Take a look.

There is TWO BLUE PENCIL SPOTS still available. Cost is $15

We are nearing capacity for The FREE Saturday Workshops.

Master Class has spots Available. Cost is $20

Get your BLUE PENCIL submissions in if you haven’t already! And… Don’t forget to submit to the SLUSH and A QUERY LETTER (the query letter only applies to the Master Class).

And don’t forget to plan your day. Here’s the SCHEDULE.

Remember too that this week we’ll be busy sending out links for the Friday and Saturday events. There may individual emails through the gmail.com and larger emails to everyone via MailerLite. Please make sure you check your sp*m folders. Don’t hesitate to email if you have a question.

Any questions email: WCWFestival@gmail.com