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"Intensive: First Impressions Are Everything - Composing a Standout Query Letter" with Becka Oliver

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Mitte Carriage House
1008C West Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

2/11/2015 From 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Mitte Carriage House, 1008 West Ave., Austin, TX 78701

$99 per ticket - for current WLT members only

For those of you putting the finishing touches on your NaNoWriMo draft, or just polishing up your existing manuscript to get it ready for potential agents, this is the workshop for you! In this special 3-hour intensive, 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 in to the instructor 1) the draft of a query letter for one writing project, 2) a one-page synopsis of the same writing project, and 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.)

Click on the Registration button above to purchase a non-refundable ticket. Please note that this class is strictly limited to 10 people total, so don't delay. If this date or location is not convenient for you, or if you don't register in time, don't despair! Due to the overwhelming response for this class, 
we will be repeating this intensive at a later date. 

About the instructor:

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.

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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.


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