Get Your Synopsis Critiqued at My January 6 Webinar

Ah, the pesky synopsis. If you write adult fiction, kids fiction or memoir, you know what I’m talking about. The synopsis is a strange animal, and a unique writing challenge of its own. That’s why I’m teaching a webinar on Jan. 6, 2011 called “Critique Series: Novel Synopses.” If you’re stuck on your novel/memoir synopsis and you’re submitting to agents/editors who request one, this session can help move you forward.



The webinar is at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, January 6, 2011, and lasts 90 minutes. Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for 1 year. You do not have to attend the live webinar to view the presentation or get the critique.


All registrants are invited to submit a one-page synopsis for a critique from the instructor. Some synopses will be critiqued and shown during the live event. All other submissions will be critiqued after the event. Sign up here!


  • Why synopses are important to get right
  • Tips on cutting out material to shorten the synopsis length
  • General principles for writing a synopsis of any length
  • Why the length issue (1 page? 3 pages?) is simpler than you think
  • How a synopsis can reveal big-picture problems in your story
  • Common pitfalls and mistakes in synopsis writing
  • What your synopsis must accomplish—such as outlining a story’s three acts and showing the arc of the main character


Chuck Sambuchino is an editor and a writer. He works for Writer’s Digest Books and edits Guide to Literary Agents ( as well as Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market. His humor book, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack (, was released in Sept. 2010.


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