“Five Steps to Getting Out of the Slush Pile,” presented by Deborah Raney, covers the five main writing problems that crop up whenever Deborah critiques a manuscript or judges writing contests. Fixing these five common issues can make the difference between a manuscript that lands in the slush pile and one that makes it to an editor’s desk . . . and ultimately into the bookstore. The fixes are surprisingly easy to learn and may apply to your work. (Fiction)