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Webinar: First Pages with Associate Editor Sasha Henriques

Date(s) - 08/21/2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Webinar: First Pages with Associate Editor Sasha Henriques
90-minute Webinar

Friday, August 21, 2020 at 3 PM Eastern/2 PM Central/1 PM Mountain/12 PM Pacific

Registration to view webinar live and access recording: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
Registration to access recording only: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25

Please note: there are a limited number of tickets available to view the webinar live. If you know that you will only be viewing the recording, then please choose the recording-only ticket. 

Optional in-webinar manuscript first page critique (anonymous): SCBWI members only: $25

Optional written critiques from the presenter following webinar: 

  • Query letter critique: $25.00
  • Manuscript first page critique: $25.00
  • Manuscript critique (up to 10 pages): $70.00

About the webinar

The first page of your manuscript can hook an agent or editor right away – or turn them off immediately. In this webinar, Sasha Henriques, associate editor at Random House Books for Young Readers gives live feedback on anonymous first pages from picture book, middle grade, and young adult fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. Whether you choose to submit your first pages or just view the feedback our publishing pro offers to others, you’ll gain insights on how to improve your own first pages. Webinar participants will also have the opportunity to submit to Sasha for a limited time after the event.

About the presenter

Sasha Henriques is an associate editor at Random House Books for Young Readers. She has worked at Hachette Book Group on the James Patterson team, as well as at Simon & Schuster, Berkley/NAL, and Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Sasha acquires picture books, middle grade, and young adult projects, both fiction and nonfiction. She’s constantly on the lookout for YA stories with lush, literary writing and a commercial hook that will instantly appeal to young readers. For YA, she loves mysteries and thrillers with adult crossover appeal, historical fiction with fresh takes on stories we think we know, retellings and modernizations of classic tales, contemporary rom-coms, and horror with a psychological, suspenseful bent. She lives for high-concept, genre-crossing speculative reads that turn our understanding of the world on its head. For middle grade, she prefers witty female protagonists and stories that are funny and voice-driven. She enjoys developing projects from the ground up with debut writers. Above all, she’s looking for diverse voices, sassy narrators, and sharp writing! She particularly hopes to find projects that represent the LGBTQ+ community, explore immigrant and first generation stories in a commercial way, and stories that feature otherly-abled characters. CritiquingPicture book manuscript – fiction, Picture book manuscript – nonfiction, Middle grade fiction, Middle grade nonfiction, Young adult fiction, Young adult nonfiction.


To register, fill out the form below. SCBWI members MUST be logged in to get the discounted rate. Registration for the live event will close on August 20.  Registration for recording access will close on August 21.

If you do not see an option to register for the live webinar below, that means this ticket is sold out. You may still register to receive recording access. The recording of the webinar will be available for 30 days after the live event. The recording will be for registered attendees only, so if you can’t make the live event, you can register to view the recording.

Access information for the live webinar will be sent on the morning of the webinar and access information on the recording will be sent out the following day.

Those who select in-webinar first page critiques must submit their critique material by August 14, 2020. Detailed submission instructions will be sent by email to those who register for this option.

Those who select post-webinar critiques will receive detailed submission instructions on the day after the live event,  with critique submissions due by August 29.