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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

How to Write Query Letters

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  • $130.00 Non-Member
  • $110.00 Member

Class Description

In this six-hour seminar, we'll learn how to write a query letter—the crucial component when submitting to agents and editors, be it for a novel, memoir, nonfiction book, article, essay, or op-ed. By examining sample query letters that actually worked, we'll go over different strategies for 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 do exercises to help you fine-tune your query-letter writing skills. By the end of the seminar, you’ll have written the key elements of a query letter, which we’ll workshop in class for on-the-spot feedback. We'll also discuss any questions you have about etiquette and protocol in communicating with editors and agents. Bring a synopsis or summary of your project and, if you can, a laptop or tablet device for in-class writing. (NOTE: This seminar is NOT about submitting poems, short stories, or literary nonfiction to literary magazines, or submitting screenplays or plays to agents and production companies.)

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

Scholarships Format/Location

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

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!