September's Workshop: Polishing Your First Chapter and Landing Your Hook with Soho Teen Editor Alexa Wejko!

Each month Voyage is bringing you a new YA workshop/class with some of the best agents, editors, and authors in YA. 

We’ve designed these workshops to help you level up your craft in short 75-minute sessions! We focus on a specific area of craft related to YA, in addition to everything to do with publishing YA. 

We’re writers ourselves! We know just how difficult and inscrutable this journey can be whether you’ve been on it for two weeks or two decades. This project is an important piece of Voyage’s overall mission to be a platform and resource for great YA writers—we can’t wait for you to join us in one of these workshops!

Our workshops will happen once a month via Zoom, and participants have the option of registering for the live workshop or registering for a recording of the workshop/class. Writers will have access to the recorded workshop for 90 days. 

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The Voyage YA Team

This Month’s Workshop

Polishing Your First Chapter and Landing Your Hook | Soho Teen Editor Alexa Wejko | September 26, 2021

Hooking an editor, agent, or reader isn’t just about the “hook” itself—it’s about creating a simmering combination of voice, character, and concept from the very first page. In this workshop, we’ll break down the components of a successful first chapter as well as beloved first chapters in YA novels of the past and present and across genres, with an eye towards making your first chapter reach the heights of its potential while remaining true to your vision. This is a hands-on workshop, so prepare to revise your novel in real-time!

This class will be taught via Zoom. Participants may register for the live or recorded version and will also have access to the recorded class for at least 90 days.  

When: Sunday, September 26, 2021, 4:30 PM EST

Investment: $39 USD

Sign up for the current workshop here!

About the Instructor:

Alexa Wejko joined Soho Press in the summer of 2018. Formerly an adjunct professor at Queens College, Alexa has worked on a wide range of children’s books, including What’s Coming to Me, The Inventors at No. 8Empress of a Thousand Skies, and the NYT-bestseller Everless. She received her MFA from Queens College in Creative Writing and Literary Translation. 


Q: Will I have access to the recording if I sign up for the live session?

A: Yes. Everyone who signs up receives access to the recorded workshop. 

Q: What’s the difference between signing up for the recorded version or the live version? 

A: If you sign up for the live workshop, you’ll be able to ask the instructor questions in real time. If you sign up for the recorded version, you can send us your questions on Submittable, but we can’t guarantee that it will be asked. 

Q: If I sign up for the live class, when will I receive Zoom info?

A: Once you register for the workshop via Submittable, you will immediately be sent a response within Submittable with the Zoom access info. Submittable sends notifications via email, but in the event you don’t receive an email, log into your Submittable account and check under the “messages” tab. 

Q: When will the recording access info be sent out and where can I find it?

A: Voyage will send the access info within 48 hours of the live workshop date. The access info will contain a Zoom link and password. Participants will be notified via Submittable. Submittable sends notifications via email, but you can find communication from Voyage under the “messages” tab when you log into your Submittable account. 

Questions? Email contact (at) 

Sign up for the current workshop here!

Previous Workshops

How to Write a Query Letter | Agent Kaitlyn Johnson | May 2021

Creating Authentic YA Characters | Author Pamela N. Harris | June 2021

Overview of the Query Process | Agent Kaitlyn Johnson | July 2021

Internet Resources for Finding the Right Agent | VYA Editor Racquel Henry | August 2021

Voyage accepts submissions year-round and published pieces can be found on our website, accessible to everyone for free.​​