4-Week: Query Letter Bootcamp


The query letter is a one-page pitch letter—an absolute necessity for novelists, memoirists, and writers of nonfiction books seeking agents. Writers dread writing them, agencies receive hundreds each week, and most of them elicit no more than a form rejection letter. However, there are many things writers can do to avoid that fate. Angie Hodapp of Nelson Literary Agency will walk you through writing a standout query while avoiding common pitfalls.

You’ll learn to think like an agent, spending time each week reviewing a mock query-letter slush pile and discussing which query letters would prompt you to request sample pages and which wouldn’t. You’ll learn the anatomy of a query letter, including what it should (and shouldn’t) say about both you and your completed manuscript, and practice writing synopsis (story-summary) paragraphs that are clear, concise, and compelling. In addition, you’ll learn how to use your query letter to perfect your pitch, so that when you find yourself sitting next to an agent or editor at Lit Fest, you’ll be prepared to speak confidently about your manuscript.

By the final session, you’ll have a polished, ready-to-send query letter, plus tons of tips and tools that will maximize your chances of landing a publishing contract.

Upcoming Sessions:
  • Spring 2017
    Instructor: Angie Hodapp, MA
    Starts: 03/22/2017
    Time(s): 6:30 to 8:30 PM

    Cost: $195.00 members / $220.00 non-members
    Location: RM. 202 (John Steinbeck Room) - Lighthouse Writers Workshop
    1515 Race Street, Denver, CO 80206
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