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Titling, Taglines, Synopses, Bios, and Query Letters: Readying to Publish

4 Mondays from 10:30am to 1:30pm (EST), starting August 1st.
Online: Zoom
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Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Boiling work down from 90,000 words to a 10-word tag or a 250-word synopsis seems impossible—sometimes it feels more challenging than writing the entire book. Add on choosing a final title and writing a query, and we long for the simple joys of revision. 

This four-week workshop will cover both 'how to' and why crafting sharp short descriptions will help you write, revise, sell and market your novel, memoir, or book of essays. Participants will work on writing and revising taglines, crafting a synopsis, a query letter, and bios during this class, along with workshopping titles. 

Participants will bring a draft of the above to each class. "How To" handouts will be plentiful as we use teamwork to craft your best final tools.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.


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Randy Susan Meyers
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