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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)
  • 3 Weeks

Time to Snag an Agent: Perfecting Your Pitch

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  • $330.00 Non-Member
  • $310.00 Member

Class Description

Please note: This class is for advanced writers with a completed draft of their memoir or novel. This class is only suitable for novels and memoirs, and not intended for other kinds book projects.

Are you ready to submit your novel or memoir to agents? This class will help you polish your pitch with the aim of giving you confidence, presenting your work in the most compelling way possible, and helping you find a great agent.

We will tackle the key elements you need to attract the right kind of agent to your work. We’ll discuss how to find a killer hook for your book, working through exercises so you can come up with a great one-liner. You’ll submit a draft of a query letter and together we’ll workshop it till it sings. You’ll learn how to put your best foot forward in your bio and we’ll figure out what it is you really want and need from an agent, given your project and your career goals. And perhaps most importantly, we’ll read and workshop the first few pages of your book to be sure they’re ready.

This class involves readings of each student’s work (summaries, pitches, bios etc) between classes as well as significant time fine-tuning different aspects of your own pitch. It will be a mixture of lecture, writing exercises, deep critique and vigorous discussion. At the end of our time together, you will have developed the most effective pitching strategy for your work.

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!