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Slush Pile Workshop #5

With Writing Show host Paula B.

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Welcome to The Writing Show Slush Pile Workshop!

This podcast series is designed to help you practice capturing readers’ attention. Inspired by literary agent Kristin Nelson’s two-page pitch sessions, Writing Show host Paula B. will play agent and comment on your anonymous submissions on the show.

You know how important it is to hook a prospective agent or publisher in your first couple of pages. If you send your work out before it’s ready, you could squander an important opportunity. Don’t risk it. Try your material out on us first—for free!

For each work, there will be two possible outcomes:

  1. We stop reading before we get to the end. If that happens, we’ll tell you why.
  2. We like it! If we were agents, we’d be asking to see more.

Here are the submissions for Slush Pile Workshop #5:

The Watch   Fantasy. Jazz, 17, is visiting her extended family in England. A stupid decision late at night puts her, literally, in the path of a young man, who may or may not really exist. Strange things begin to happen. Jazz may not be who she thinks she is, her dreams are taking on a life of their own, and it's starting to look as if someone wants her dead. Plus, she's starting university in the fall. So much for a quiet vacation.

The Forest and the Ocean   Fairy tale. No log line.

Cyberia   Fiction (inspiration). Caught downloading pornography on his work computer, twenty-two year old Michael loses his job and what remains of his self respect.

Host: Paula B.
Date: September 19, 2010
Running time: 36:52
File size: 18 megabytes
Rating: PG (subject matter)