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Just Right or Just Write: Perfecting Your First Chapter with Penguin Random House

open notebook set against dark green background, covered with photorealistic elements and graphics, alongside polaroids of youth.

Wednesday, Jan. 10
4-5:30PM ET

virtual event; open to all Fiction 360 mentees and select NaNoWriMo participants only | required for Fiction 360 participants

You spent the month of November writing what just might be the next Great American Novel, and now you’re spent. After thirty days of burning the midnight oil, it’s time to take a breather…before giving more life to your manuscript through the imminent editing process. But don’t fret! After you’ve done all you can with your first ten or so pages, it’s time to hand it over to the pros!

Join Girls Write Now and Penguin Random House editors for a professional editorial review to help elevate your work to the next level. Whether you’re preparing to pitch your work to agents or enter it into a writing competition—or you simply want to know if you’re headed in the right direction for your submission to Girls Write Now’s annual anthology, this event is just write for you!

Event prerequisites: First 10 pages must be uploaded by December 20th, 2023

Meet the Partner

Dutton Books

Dutton Books

Dutton Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, works with Girls Write Now each year to produce our annual print anthology. Publicity—and marketing—driven, its focused list of fifty books per year is made up of half fiction and half nonfiction. Dutton’s imprints include Caliber, Plume and Tiny Reparations Books.

Meet the Teaching Artist

Margery Hannah

Margery Hannah

Margery Hannah excitedly joins Girls Write Now after several years in program development and management within the nonprofit sector. An ardent supporter of education, Margery has experience teaching K-12 English throughout NYC. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English, Literature, and Ethnic Studies from Wichita State University, where she received multiple scholarships and English departmental honors; an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook University; and an MA in Aging Studies from Wichita State University. She is a McNair Scholar alumna whose scholarly research, rooted in an investigation over the psychological impact of American slavery on modern Foundational Black Americans, helped propel financial literacy course requirements for Kansas high school graduates. Passionate about writing, Margery worked as a ghostwriter for many years; currently she keeps a multi-genre blog called The Literary Purveyor.

This event is open to:

corporate partner employees and Fiction 360 mentees

January 10 4:00 pm 5:30 pm EST

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