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How to Write Query Letters

Friday, December 4th, from 10:00am-5:00pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
This class is full

In this six-hour seminar, we'll learn how to write a query letter—the publishing world's "calling card" for submitting any book, article, essay, or op-ed to agents and editors. By examining sample query letters that actually worked, we'll go over different strategies to make sure you're describing your project with catchy, sharp, focused, and original language. We'll look at how to customize queries to appeal to a specific editor or agent, and go over the top mistakes writers make when pitching their projects. Bring a rough draft of a query letter you're working on and/or a synopsis or summary of your project. (If you don't have these written, bring notes.) We'll do in-class exercises to help you fine-tune your query letter skills and revise the letters you bring with you. We'll also discuss any questions you have about communicating with editors and agents. By the end of the seminar, you’ll have a revised query letter ready to send out. (NOTE: This seminar is NOT about submitting poems, short stories, screenplays, or literary nonfiction to literary magazines.)

Part of GrubStreet's "Get Published" series, dedicated to helping writers navigate the publishing world. For more on this series' offerings, click here

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Ethan Gilsdorf
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