Receive feedback from your peers and connect with fellow conference attendees!
What happens in a peer critique?
Some questions to ask yourself as your review others’ work:
Is the ending satisfying? What emotion does it leave you with?
What is the main character’s overarching trait? How can it be emphasized?
Does the character face obstacles in their quest to get what they want?
How does the story relate to the emotional world of a child, adolescent, or young adult?
What is the story problem? Whose problem is it?
Is the voice didactic? Does the main character solve their own problem?
Is the story illustratable? (for picture books)
Is the character revealed through narration or dialogue or in some other way? What way would work best?
If the pages are a rhyming picture book or book in rhyme, does the story scan (have a regular meter?) Is the rhyme perfect? Does the rhyme lead the story? Are there examples of weak or forced rhyme?
What do you especially like? What do you really think needs changing?
Of course, there are many other questions to ask, but this gives you a starting point.