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Slush Pile Workshop #15

With Writing Show host Paula B.

Download and listen to Slush Pile Workshop #15 here

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 #15:

"Choice"     Literary Fiction. Short Story. Once an organized person, Lydia Hill begins to crumble at the seams after her accidental pregnancy is joined by lung cancer. When living for 9 months isn't an option, abortion turns out to be a one sided coin.

"Blind Patience"   Fiction. Short Story. A young science teacher finds her view of life changed when a lab accident threatens her eyesight.

"What a Way to Go"    Fiction. Short Story. This is about two women who travel cheaply by taking a greyhound bus to their vacation destination of Bar Harbor, Maine.

Host: Paula B.
Date: June 7, 2011
Running time: 43:41
File size: 21 megabytes
Rating: PG (swearing)