Intensive Classes


First Impressions Are Everything:  

Composing a Standout Query Letter

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Writer's League of Texas Offices
611 South Congress Avenue, Suite 200 A-3
Austin, TX 78704

$99 per ticket - for current WLT members only!



Are you polishing up your existing manuscript to get it ready for potential agents?

In this special evening intensive class, you will learn the necessary components of query letters in the classroom component, and then work on your own letter in the lab component. Students will leave the class with a draft or revision of a query letter for their writing project.

Prior to the class, each student will send the following to the instructor:

  1. The draft of a query letter for one writing project
  2. One-page synopsis of the same writing project
  3. Your author bio.

If you don't have any or all of these things, you can still attend the class, but we do urge you to send in what you can in order to have a richer experience.

Sign up soon (current members only!), as registration will be strictly capped at 8.


  • You want to learn strategies for writing effective query letters.
  • You want feedback on your own query letter.

Becka Oliver joined the Writers' League in September 2013 as Executive Director after more than sixteen years of experience working in book publishing. She spent much of her publishing career inside two of the “big six” publishing leaders – Macmillan and Hachette Book Group -- licensing domestic and foreign rights on behalf of countless notable authors, including Sandra Brown, Brad Meltzer, Nicholas Sparks, Jon Stewart and the Daily Show, and more. In 2007, she made the leap from Associate Director of Subsidiary Rights at Grand Central Publishing to Literary Agent, first at Endeavor and then at William Morris Endeavor (WME) after the two powerhouse talent agencies merged in 2009. As a literary agent, Becka represented clients working in both fiction and non-fiction, including Brunonia Barry, Sheryl Crow, Kamran Pasha, Joanna Philbin, Susan Rebecca White, and the popular blog Awkward Family Photos.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster. For more information, visit our Classes page for policies.

What are Intensives?


Intensives are smaller, more focused, classes that often include a hands-on lab component and are only being offered to current members. The purpose of Intensives is to provide a class experience that is more in-depth on a specific topic and that can offer more individualized instruction.

Format: Classes will meet one evening, usually for two to two-and-a-half hours, and will often contain a hands-on “lab” component for part of the time, as appropriate.

Size: Enrollment will be capped at 8 to 10 students.

Cost: $99 per person per class. (You must be a current member of WLT.)

Dates and Times: An intensive class will typically take place on a week night, with a start time no earlier than 6:00pm and a finish time no later than 9:00 pm.



Location: We're sorry but Intensives are only offered in the Austin area at this time. If you live outside the greater Austin area and are interested in attending Intensives, please drop us a note at Such feedback will help us determine when and where we can offer Intensives next.

Topics: Topics will change periodically. Topics in high demand will be repeated and new ones will be offered for variety. Intensives will cover areas of business, marketing, and other subjects related to writing and publishing. Weekdays when topics are offered will rotate to accommodate as many people as possible. Check back here for information on our next Intensive.



This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at


Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to


This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit