Query Letter Writing with Caitlin Alexander

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 10:00 AM until Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 1:00 PMEastern Standard Time

    Instructor: Caitlin Alexander
    2 three-hour sessions
    Two day VIRTUAL workshop dates as follows:
    March 13 to March 14
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants

    Six hours, split between two sessions, Saturday, 10:00-1:00, and Sunday, 10:00-1:00

    Learn how to write a query letter, then draft your query and receive hands-on, personalized feedback.

    If you’re serious about getting published, you’ll need an irresistible query letter to land the agent and publisher of your dreams. In this in-depth workshop, a book editor will guide you through how to write an effective query letter, including:

    • The all-important “hook”
    • What comp titles are and how to select the right ones
    • How to describe your book in a succinct, attention-grabbing paragraph
    • What to include (and what not to include) in your author bio

    After the first day’s session, you’ll draft your query, and on the second day, we’ll workshop your query. Time permitting, you’ll revise your query during the workshop and receive further feedback.

    We’ll also cover:
    • What agents and editors are really looking for
    • The best methods for querying agents
    • How to read between the lines of rejections letters
    • How to tailor your query letter to other pitch opportunities

    What participants say:

    “A plethora of information and examples about terms like hook, synopsis, platform, and also about what agents and editors look for in a query letter was offered. Questions were welcomed and answered….Most helpful was the ability to have my query and those of others individually analyzed. A very good workshop.”

    “Offered a lot of terrific ‘insider’ information.”

    “Very informative, interesting, and organized information made it easy to follow. I would definitely recommend this workshop to others.”

    Caitlin Alexander has been editing books for more than fifteen years. She spent much of that time at Random House, where she acquired and edited New York Times bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction. She continues to edit bestselling and award-winning books as an independent editor and can be found at editedbycaitlin.com.

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    Note: Details about Zoom links and any other information relevant to the workshop will be emailed to you the week before workshops begin. If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-323-6170 or email writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given on one-day intensives, advanced classes, and yearlong classes where space is limited. 100% refund before 1st class, 50% refund after 1st class, no refunds after 2nd class for all other workshops. ALL cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing. Please contact writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu with questions or to submit a refund request.